1. School bus routes’ pick up times are approximate and parents should contact their school bus driver for accurate times at their child’s bus stop.
  2. Prior to the first day of school, all school bus drivers will:
    • Complete a dry run to confirm times and identify any safety concerns along the route
    • Contact all parents on their route with pick up and drop off times and provide contact information for the bus driver.

All students riding the school bus must be registered on the school bus. Parents can register their child for the school bus by contacting Transportation Services or completing the online form on our bus registration page.

Transportation Services

(780)-723-4471
transportation@gypsd.ca

 

School Bus Delays and/or Cancellations

There are many reasons why a school bus route may be delayed or canceled. When there are route delays or cancellations, parents, schools, students and interested stakeholders all must stay informed to ensure they receive instant notification when there is a change in the status of a bus route.

Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of students. Due to the varied reasons for school bus delays or cancellations, school bus drivers may not able to personally call affected families on the changed status of their child’s school bus route. 

All school bus route cancellations and delays in excess of 10 minutes are posted on the and on the bus status app and at www.gypsd.ca 

Parents, students, caregivers, and schools can stay up to date by:

  1. Have the Bus Status App  found on Google Play or Apple 
  2. Check the GYPSD website for school bus updates
  3. Contact GYPSD’s Transportation Services Departments at 780-723-4471 or 1-800-723-2564 between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm

Inclement Weather

School bus services may be suspended due to inclement weather and/or road conditions. Transportation Services will source temperature, road, and weather information by radio, TV, and websites from various sources including Environment Canada and The Weather Network.

  1. A decision on whether bus services are cancelled per zone will be determined by 6 am wherever possible.
  2. Transportation Services may suspend bus services in a community or area when the temperature reaches – 36 C or colder, inclement weather conditions are in effect. 
  3. Bus services may also be suspended for an individual bus route, community or area if road conditions or other factors if the Director of Transportation Services deems it unsafe.

Canceled or Delayed Bus Routes

  1. Transportation Services will post school bus delays and cancellations on the Bus Status App and on the website at www.gypsd.ca which will be updated on a regular basis.
  2. School bus cancellations may be for the entire day. Please note that parents who transport their children to school on a day when bus service has been suspended because of inclement weather or hazardous road conditions shall be responsible for the transport of their children at the end of the school day if the bus isn't running in the PM as well.

Field Trip Considerations during Inclement Weather

Field trips scheduled where inclement weather conditions are in effect or when school bus cancellations have been posted due to inclement weather are subject to the school administrators’ decision in consultation with the Director of Transportation Services.

Parents must remember that transportation is a shared responsibility. Sudden changes can happen on a daily basis. GYPSD takes pride in being prepared for the unexpected including inclement weather, traffic delays, and mechanical issues. We ask for everyone to work together, including students, schools, parents, school bus drivers and the department to ensure that all students have a safe ride to and from school

Grande Yellowhead Public School Division has a variety of ways for parents to stay informed of route or driver changes, and how to communicate their concerns, or to provide valuable feedback to our attention. We expect our school bus drivers to operate at all times in a safe and caring manner, and expect our drivers, parents, students, and co-workers to be treated in a fair and courteous way.

We encourage all parents, schools and all stakeholders to contact the Transportation Services office at transportation@gypsd.ca with any safety concerns, or questions regarding school bus transportation during regular business hours.  

Helpful Tips

  1. Sign up for email alerts through our Bus Status App, and stay advised of when your child’s bus route is delayed or canceled.

  2. Accompany your child to their bus stop and ensure they know a safe route to and from the stop before the first day of school.

  3. Respect the bus driver at all times.

  4. Discuss what to do and plan for when the school bus is late or canceled.

  5. Ensure that your child(ren) is at their bus stop at about 3-5 minutes before their designated time. School bus drivers cannot wait for tardy students as this will result in late times for the remainder of students on the route.

  6. Discuss and review the school bus rider rules (link below) with your child(ren) and be aware of expected student conduct while riding on the bus.

  7. Practice proper traffic safety rules with your child(ren) to remind them to be aware around traffic and school buses.

  8. Remember that students are required to load or unload the school bus at their designated stop, and require parent permission to load or unload at an alternate stop on their regular bus route.

  9. Permission may be provided by note or telephone call to the driver, the student’s school or the Transportation office during business hours.

  10. Notify your school bus driver if your child(ren) will not be riding the school bus.

  11. Notify Transportation Services when school bus service is no longer required.

  12. Remember that if a student causes damage to a school bus, the Division may seek reimbursement of the repair cost from the student’s parents/ guardians.

Your cooperation in supporting our efforts to safely transport all students is sincerely appreciated. Please find below further important information regarding transportation:

Danger Zone