We know families have questions about student transportation for the 2020–21 school year. Just like classrooms this year, transportation will look different for students. Here’s what you need to know about:
Before the first day of school, yellow bus drivers will receive seating plans from schools. Drivers will ask students to sit in a specific seat when they board the bus.
On many of our bus routes, it is not possible to limit the number of passengers to one child per seat. When possible, students will be asked to share a seat with individuals from the same household. In some cases, students will be asked to share a seat with another student from a stop nearby.
Bus routes are designed to include students from multiple schools for the 2020–21 school year. This is the same practice we have used in previous years.
Families are encouraged to consider getting their children to and from school if they are not comfortable with their child riding on the yellow bus with other children.
For the first few weeks, busing schedules may be impacted as students, staff and bus drivers become familiar with new processes.
Learn more about how to apply for yellow bus service for the 2020-21 school year.
Students in Grades 4–12 who are physically, psychologically or developmentally able to wear a mask will be required to do so, for the entire bus ride. Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 3 students are also encouraged to wear masks.
Individuals who are physically, psychologically or developmentally unable to wear a mask, and those unable to wear a mask for reasons under the Alberta Human Rights Act, may be excused from this health protocol.
Students who are sick must stay home and should not board a bus or come to school. Parents will be asked to keep their children at home if they do not pass the daily COVID-19 screening questionnaire requirements.
Yellow bus contractors are expected to have cleaning plans in place that are consistent with guidelines provided by the Government of Alberta.
Drivers are responsible for cleaning high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, window areas, seats and handrails, at the end of every trip. More detailed disinfection and cleaning is performed on a regular basis when buses are not in service at the end of the day.
Route schedules have been adjusted to allow time for cleaning when a bus is required to make multiple trips. During the first few weeks of school, Student Transportation will monitor routes to identify where schedule adjustments may be required.
Bus pass fees will be paid and calculated monthly. Consideration will be given to situations where a quarter ends partway through a month, and a yellow bus rider moves between in-person learning and online learning. To find out how much your family will pay for bus fees, see the fee sheet.
Parents or guardians of Pre-Kindergarten students are required to board the bus to ensure their child is safely placed in an integrated car seat. Anyone boarding the bus is required to wear a mask and pass the daily COVID-19 screening questionnaire requirements.
Schools are developing transportation plans for students who need specialized supports and services that will include special loading and unloading procedures. These plans will ensure students arrive safely at their classrooms while adhering to all safety protocols.
Educational Assistants who are riding the yellow bus with students will be required to wear a mask on the bus and may wear additional personal protective equipment as required.
The bus will be cleaned before each trip and in between any cohorts.
The City of Edmonton is responsible for Edmonton Transit Service (ETS). Students who will be riding ETS buses to school should visit the Edmonton Transit Service website and review the city’s transit COVID-19 updates.
Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all public vehicles, including ETS. The bylaw applies to publicly accessible areas including transit, transit centres and LRT platforms. Learn more about the City of Edmonton’s mask bylaw and exemptions.