Holy Spirit's Transportation page

Transportation

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is comprised of 15 schools within the following six communities: Coaldale, Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Bow Island, and Taber.  Transportation is also available for eligible students from areas such as Coalhurst, Diamond City, Raymond, Shaughnessy, Stirling, Turin, etc...  

Our school division is blessed to work with the following partners, who are committed to providing safe transportation for our students:

  • The City of Lethbridge
  • Horizon School Division
  • Lethbridge School Division
  • Livingstone Range School Division
  • Palliser Regional School Division
  • Prairie Rose School Division
  • Southland Transportation Ltd. 

To find out what school your child should be attending, see the division's Boundary Maps or use the School LocatorTo find out if your child is eligible to ride the school bus, contact your child's school office staff and they will assist you. 

School Bus Safety Protocols

Watch this video for important information about safety protocols for students riding the bus during the 2020/2021 school year:

School Bus Updates for the 2020/2021 School Year

Alongside our partners, we having been working diligently during this unprecedented and challenging time to follow the direction of the Alberta Government, Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services, taking the necessary precautions to safeguard the well-being of our students and drivers when buses start running this fall.

One of the most important changes we have had to make to ensure the health and safety of our students and drivers is that, effective September 2020, we will only be able to provide bus transportation to and from school for students who reside 2.4 kilometres or further from their designated school. This means that, for the 2020/2021 school year, we will not be able to accommodate bussing students less than 2.4 kilometre away from their designated school or those students who attend a school of choice. We understand that this situation is not ideal and may inconvenience many of our families. Should your child have additional transportation needs, based on their current Individual Student Plan, our division’s Inclusive Education Team will be in contact with you to make appropriate arrangements when more is known.

While there is no way to eliminate all risk, and physical distancing on a school bus is extremely difficult, the following health and safety protocols will be implemented on buses to limit COVID-19 transmission:

  • Children/students should not board the bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Be sure to use the self-screening questionnaire each day prior to leaving for the bus.
  • All students must wear a face mask prior to entering the school bus and must keep the mask on during the ride and at bus transfer sites. Bus drivers will have a very limited number of disposable masks to hand out if necessary.
  • It is recommended that students bring their own hand sanitizer, as the supply cannot be guaranteed by the bus. 
  • It is recommended parents or guardians monitor students with physical distancing and use of face masks while waiting for the bus.
  • After the first few days of riding the bus, students will be assigned their seats. Where possible buses will be loaded back to front, and siblings will be seated together.
  • All bus drivers will be cleaning the school bus after each bus run, both morning and afternoon, with an approved cleaning product as per Alberta Health Services guidelines.
  • Drivers will also be wearing a mask and or face shield when loading and unloading the school bus. They may remove their mask when the bus is in motion for proper visibility.
  • The drivers will do everything they can to ensure compliance and will encourage students to use their face masks and keep their hands to themselves. The driver’s first priority is on-the-road safety.
  • Students who are not following the rules will be referred to the school principal and may lose the privilege of riding.
  • Currently, we have a shortage of substitute bus drivers, and there may be times when a driver is ill, and the route cannot run. We will notify parents as early as possible. However, in some circumstance you may receive very short notice. Following Alberta Health Services direction, drivers may be absent for extended periods and routes may not be available.
  • If you've changed your mind from what you had indicated on the August School Re-Entry Survey,  and your student is eligible for transportation, contact your child's school to assist you in making the necessary arrangements.  Please note that it can take up to two weeks to process your request.

For more resources about Holy Spirit Catholic School Division's plans for school re-entry, visit the divison's webpage at: https://www.holyspirit.ab.ca/division/school_re-entry

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