February 21, 2018
Board of Trustees
C. Lewis, Superintendent of Schools
2017-2018 Transportation Funding Application
C. Halabi, Director - Transportation Services
That the Board of Trustees receive the following report regarding the division’s 2017-2018
application for transportation funding, as information.
The attached report summarizes the information on the division’s 2017-2018 application for
transportation funding as submitted on December 1, 2017.
of the Recommendation
This report reflects the September 30
, 2017, student enrolment count and includes:
1. Rural transportation: students claimed by passenger type, grade, code and
2. Students requiring special transportation resources and supports
3. Parent provided transportation contracts
1. Rural Transportation Calculations
All resident students and those covered under a co-operative bussing, or transportation
services agreement, are annually reported on the transportation funding application.
School of Choice
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.
Junior (Gr. 7-9)
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.
<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
30.64 15.63 11.52
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
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
Division Routes: The division currently operates two bus routes that qualify for special
in Hinton transports seven students; two are wheelchair students
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
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.
Transportation services uses the September 30
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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