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Going to School

There’s nothing more exciting than starting another year of learning. It's a time to imagine the possibilities a new school year can bring.

If you’re new to Edmonton Public Schools or need a refresher on where to find some important information, here’s what you need to know. 

COMMUNICATING WITH FAMILIES 

SIGN IN TO SCHOOLZONE

SchoolZone is a secure website with information about your child’s attendance and progress, school news and events, and yellow bus tracking.

Once your child is registered to attend a Division school, you’ll receive a parent username and password. 

SCHOOLMESSENGER 

SchoolMessenger is an urgent message system that can call and text you when there is a major incident, like a fire or evacuation, at your child’s school. Learn more about SchoolMessenger and how to sign up.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

We continue to focus on creating learning environments that keep everyone as safe as possible.

To help us meet this goal, we ask students, families and staff to stay home if they are showing symptoms of illness. This is one of the most effective ways to keep others from getting sick.

Our approach to health and wellness in the 2022-23 school year

Alberta Health Services is returning to the school absence reporting process they used before the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Schools will report to Alberta Health Services (AHS) if more than 10 per cent of the school’s student population is away due to illness.
  • AHS will investigate whether this meets the criteria for an outbreak.
  • If AHS confirms an outbreak, they will send a letter to the school community with information and recommendations.

Read information from the Superintendent.

Read our COVID-19 Information page.

Alberta Health Services offers other back to school tips, including:

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL 

YELLOW BUS ROUTE INFORMATION

If your child is new to yellow bus service, you will receive information in mid-August about bus routes and schedules. Families of current Division students can find this information on SchoolZone. 

TRACK YOUR CHILD'S YELLOW BUS

As students, staff and bus drivers become familiar with new processes during the first few weeks of school, families may experience a delay in pick up and drop off. You can check Where’s My Bus? in SchoolZone to track the progress of your child’s yellow bus.

For more information about busing: 

SLOW DOWN

Whether your child is walking, riding or rolling to school, you can help keep our students safe by slowing down and following traffic safety laws. Read our Traffic Safety Tip Sheet for suggestions on how to make your morning drop-off and afternoon pick-ups a little easier.

FEES, SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS

Find school supply lists and details about school fees on SchoolZone or your child’s school website. Learn more about fees, supplies and textbooks.

STARTING KINDERGARTEN, JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL 

Going to a different school, learning new routines and meeting new teachers can leave your child feeling excited and nervous. Learn how you can help your child: