Once my application has been approved, when will I receive information about my child’s bus service
(pick-up and drop-off locations and times, etc.)?
What are the current fees for bus service?
If your children are riders on buses operated by another school division, please contact their transportation department directly, for their terms, conditions and fees.
Students who live more than 2.4 km (walking distance) from their designated school and live within the STAR Catholic School Division approved boundaries are partially funded for busing services by the provincial government.
If Students live less than 2.4 km from their designated school, or live outside the Division’s formed boundaries, parents are required to pay an annual fee of $500 per student, or a $1000 per-family maximum for the conditional busing service. These fees are subject to an annual review by the STAR Catholic Board of Trustees.
When are the fees due and how can I pay them?
Parents or guardians can make arrangements to pay the fee by the second day of school, either in full through the school office, or in four equal pre-authorized payments through School Cash Online.
Is the fee pro-rated if we start bus service during the year?
As bus service is already subsidized by the Division, there is no reduction in fees based on when you start using the service.
Families who begin using the service during the year are required to pay the full annual fee, however, a pro-rated fee may be considered on a case-by-case basis for families who are new to the community, or who have moved and begin using the service towards the end of the school year.
Why aren’t bus fees completely covered by the Division?
The Division currently subsidizes the annual cost of operating buses for all students.
The provincial government provides some funding for students who live more than 2.4 from their designated school, however, the Division receives no funding for families who live less than 2.4 km (walking distance) from their designated school, or who live outside the Division’s formed boundaries, so the division offers a user-pay service where by these parents can choose to pay a fee for bus service.
Why can it take up to two weeks for my application to be approved?
We receive many applications for bus service every year for both new and returning students. The review process takes time as capacity, distance, and length of routes must be taken into consideration. When buses are full, or distance or length of routes becomes excessive, bus routes may need to be reconfigured. This process can also be challenging, as it may affect more than one route.
Once my application has been approved, when will I receive information about my child’s bus service (pick-up and drop-off locations and times, etc.)?
If your application is approved, your school secretary will contact you with your route details, once routes have been finalized. Parents are usually notified of bus route information in late August, providing the transportation request has been submitted by June 30th
For families that apply for service during the summer or during the school year, they will be notified as soon as possible after the routes are finalized and the application has been reviewed and approved.
After the school year starts, the application review, approval and communication process may take up to two weeks if the bus is already at capacity, a new stop needs to be added or routes need to be adjusted.
Parents are encouraged to submit their transportation request as early as possible (May or June).