Student Transportation Survey – Share your thoughts
Hundreds of our families rely on school buses and city transit to get their children to school each day.
Alberta Education is surveying parents regarding student transportation. The survey will help determine potential changes to the distance criteria, mandated service levels and any safety considerations that may be added.
Student transportation is a vital service for our schools and families. Each day, Red Deer Public Schools transports over 3700 students on both charter and city transit costing the District $2.9 million annually.
Some of the challenges we face as a district…
- In spite of our best efforts to be both efficient and effective, student transportation funding is not sufficient. For the last number of years we have incurred deficits of over $200,000 per year to cover the funding shortfall. This is an issue for school jurisdictions across the province as well. Not only does this affect student transportation, it is money that comes out of the classroom.
- We transport elementary students residing 1.6 km or greater from their designated school yet provincial funding only covers those students living more than 2.4 km away. This becomes a cost borne by the district. We believe the shorter distance is more realistic and would like to make sure funding is provided for this important service.
- Some of our students attending alternative school programs face much higher busing fees. These cost families $300 per student each year and impacts accessibility to these important programs. We hope that government addresses this as it looks to improve the student transportation system.
We know you will be expressing your own perspectives on student transportation. We provide this as information for you to consider in responding to the survey.
CLICK HERE to access the Guided Questionnaire
We recognize student transportation is an important service and want to make sure that it best meets the needs of our students and families.
If you have further questions, please contact Bob Barthel, District Principal at 403-342-3702.
Bev Manning, Chair
Red Deer Public Schools