H.2.
    Superintendent’s Report
    February 21, 2018
    To:
    Board of Trustees
    From:
    C. Lewis, Superintendent of Schools
    Subject:
    2017-2018 Transportation Funding Application
    Originator:
    C. Halabi, Director - Transportation Services
    RECOMMENDATION
    That the Board of Trustees receive the following report regarding the division’s 2017-2018
    application for transportation funding, as information.
    REPORT
    Background
    The attached report summarizes the information on the division’s 2017-2018 application for
    transportation funding as submitted on December 1, 2017.
    Context
    of the Recommendation
    This report reflects the September 30
    th
    , 2017, student enrolment count and includes:
    1. Rural transportation: students claimed by passenger type, grade, code and
    distance
    2. Students requiring special transportation resources and supports
    3. Parent provided transportation contracts
    1. Rural Transportation Calculations
    Passenger Types
    All resident students and those covered under a co-operative bussing, or transportation
    services agreement, are annually reported on the transportation funding application.
    Passenger Types
    2013-201
    4
    2014-201
    5
    2015-201
    6
    2016-201
    7
    2017-201
    8
    Eligible Student
    1,934
    1,891
    1,803
    1,709
    1,788
    School of Choice
    514
    466
    490
    516
    475
    Private School
    0
    0
    0
    7
    5
    Cooperative Bussing
    43
    99
    117
    139
    155
    Other Board
    1
    2
    1
    3
    0

    Ineligible
    348
    377
    422
    366
    302
    Students Transported
    2,840
    2,835
    2,833
    2,740
    2,725
    The chart below notes each of the 2,725 students by grade, as well as those students
    requiring additional supports. Transportation services anticipates student enrollments to
    fluctuate each year as new students enter the system and as high school students
    graduate, resulting in enrollment shifts for all grades.
    2013-201
    4
    2014-2015 2015-201
    6
    2016-201
    7
    2017-201
    8
    Kindergarten
    238
    205
    209
    207
    253
    Elementary (Gr.1-6)
    1,210
    1,287
    1,342
    1,259
    1,210
    Junior (Gr. 7-9)
    539
    570
    560
    621
    611
    Senior (Gr.10-12)
    720
    635
    603
    566
    578
    Wheelchair
    2
    2
    3
    1
    1
    Teacher Aide
    5
    5
    5
    4
    4
    Additional Needs
    126
    131
    111
    82
    68
    Total Students
    2,840
    2,835
    2,833
    2,740
    2,725
    Distance also affects the amount of funding received for each student as distance funding
    contributes approximately 25 per cent of the transportation funding application. The chart
    below notes the distance calculated from each student’s residence to their designated
    school, or the school of choice.
    2017-2018
    Range in
    Km’s
    <2.4 2.4–5.9 6–9.9 10-13.9 14–17.9 18–25.9 26–37.9 38 + Total
    # of Students
    297
    835
    426
    314
    223
    353
    164
    113
    2,725
    Percentage
    10.90
    30.64 15.63 11.52
    8.18
    12.95
    6.02
    4.16
    100
    2. Special Transportation
    The Alberta Education coding system provides differentiated funding for the transportation
    of students with severe needs. The inclusive education model does not require the special
    needs coding, but schools are required to code students for transportation funding
    purposes. A student with severe needs who is transported by the parent or school bus is
    eligible for transportation funding regardless of distance to the school. Student equipment
    needs on the school bus can vary from integrated car seats with restraint or support
    mechanisms, to lift installations needed for the transport of students in wheelchairs. In any
    instance, transportation services is committed to providing all students with school bus

    transportation. Transportation funding is also available for Program Unit Funding students
    provided they are registered on the bus effective September 30
    th
    of each school year.
    The funding available for these students is six times the regular funding as there may be
    inclusive supports required to safely transport the student. GYPSD has applied for funding
    to support 25 students under this area: 23 are transported on division routes and two by
    parents.
    Division Routes: The division currently operates two bus routes that qualify for special
    transportation:
    H12
    in Hinton transports seven students; two are wheelchair students
    E27
    in Edson transports 16 students including one wheelchair student
    Both bus routes have a full-time aide on route to assist students with safely loading,
    unloading, and riding the school bus.
    Parent Provided Transportation: Students who reside in rural areas and cannot access the
    above routes, are transported by the parent, and are claimed under the special
    transportation guidelines. GYPSD has two wheelchair students transported by parents.
    3. Parent Provided Transportation Contracts (PPTC)
    Provincial guidelines have provided school jurisdictions with options such as parent
    provided transportation contracts for the transport of eligible students, when school bus
    service is not available, or in situations where hazardous conditions prevent the school bus
    from safely accessing travel to the student residence.
    All parent provided transportation contracts must be signed and in place before October
    31
    st
    of each year. GYPSD applied for funding for 22 contracts across the division. Thirteen
    of the PPTCs are in Jasper where the division does not operate a bus route, and the
    balance are for those students requiring additional transportation supports, or those
    students who reside in areas not accessible by the school bus.
    Conclusion
    Transportation services uses the September 30
    th
    student enrolment counts to extract
    student data for completion of the annual transportation funding application. The
    transportation routing software digitally tracks all students, calculates distances to
    students’ designated schools, and is aligned to schools’ data, on a continual basis.
    Maintaining current student information in the system optimizes the division’s access to
    available funding that ensures all students’ needs are met; either riding on division buses,
    or transported by the parent. GYPSD’s priority is to provide a safe, efficient transportation
    service with trained, caring individuals who are committed to students’ well-being.

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