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Eligibility

SM调教社区 establishes designated schools for each area of the city. Eligibility for transportation service is determined by the distance from a student's primary place of residence to their designated school. Students can only have 1 primary residence for eligibility purposes. Guidelines for determining these distances are established by Alberta Education. RDPSD uses a program called Busplanner to calculate routes and distances. Although there are other ways to calculate distances online, RDPSD will always refer to our software if there are any discrepancies. Eligibility is calculated using the walking distance from the sidewalk in front of the residence to the sidewalk in front of the school entrance using sidewalks, pathways, and alleyways (maintained or not).

*New eligibility explanation*

In March 2023, Alberta Education announced that eligibility guidelines for transportation will be changing. Currently K-12 students are eligible for transportation when they reside 2.4 kms or greater from the school in their designated catchment area.
These distances have been amended to greater than 1 km for grades K-6 and greater than 2 kms for Grades 7-12. School divisions were originally instructed to officially introduce the new legislation starting in the 2024/25 school year. The Government has since amended this change to start in the 2025/26 school year. 
The Government gave school districts the autonomy to start the new eligibility in 2023/24 if they had the resources. We were not able to change the eligiblity for every school in 2023/24, but starting in 2024/25 we will be able to accomodate the new eligiblity for all our schools, with the exception of HHHS and Aspen Heights Elementary. Some school districts have opted to wait until 2025 to implement the new eligibility requirements, while SM调教社区 Public has chosen to transition into the new legislation over 2 years. 


Below are the schools that will be using the new eligibility criteria starting 2024/25:

High School

Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School

          Middle School

Central Middle School

Eastview Middle School

West Park Middle School

          Elementary School

Annie L Gaetz Elementary

Barrie Wilson Elementary

Don Campbell Elementary

Fairview Elementary

GHD K-8

Glendale K-8

GW Smith Elementary

Joseph Welsh Elementary

Mattie McCullough Elementary

Mountview Elementary

Normandeau K-8

Oriole Park Elementary

West Park Elementary 


Eligible distance and fee schedule

  • Grades K-6:  Greater than 1 km to designated school- No fee          Less than 1 km- $300 (No buses to Aspen Heights)
  • Grades 7-8: Greater than 2 kms to designated school- No fee        Less than 2 km (WPM/GD/ND only)- $300 fee for yellow bus
  • Grades 7-12: Greater than 2 kms to designted school-No fee           LTCHS / Central / EMS   (City Transit)
  • Grades 9-12 HHHS: Greater than 2.4 kms (City Transit)
  • Grades K-12: School of choice-$300     (Yellow charter bus only)
  • Grades K-12 school of choice= Address is 2.4 ks or greater from both attending school of choice and designated school
  • Grades K-12 out of City=Address is greater than 2.4 kms from designated county school and utilizing a stop that is greater than 2.4 ks from attending school- Please note that this only applies to schools using yellow bus service and does not include City Transit (distances will need to be confirmed by RDPSD transportation dept).  

Ineligible students

Students who are ineligible for transportation because they reside less than the eligibile distance to school, may be able to access charter bus services for an additional fee as the district does not receive transportation funding for ineligible students. NOTE: Transportation may be provided if there is room available on the bus and the student resides along the existing bus route (new stops will not be created for ineligible students).

Availability is not guaranteed and is subject to change throughout the school year as (eligible) student numbers and routes change. All ineligible transportation costs must be paid at the time of application. Ineligible riders may have their seat rescinded if it's needed for an eligible student in which case all ineligible rider fees from would be returned based on the date that transportation was terminated.

*Please call the school for information pertaining to eligibility when attending an alternative program (i.e. Gateway Christian School, Escuela Vista Grande). If your question remains unanswered, call the District Transportation office at 403-342-3724.

Examples starting 2023/24

  1. As a regular elementary student and you live under the walking distance of 1 km to your designated elementary school and there is a bus available for your address, you are subject to a transportation fee of $300.00/year/ student for busing. 
  2. As a regular elementary student and you live 2.1 kms from your designated school, there is no fee for busing.
  3. As a regular gr 7-8 Westpark Middle School student and you live under the walking distance of 2 km to (your designated school of) Westpark Middle School and there is a bus available for your address, you are subject to a transportation fee of $300.00/year for busing. If you live further than 2 km away from Westpark Middle School, you are not subject to this fee. 
  4. As a regular Central Middle School student, you live 2.7 kms from Central and 2.9 kms from Eastview (designated school), you would be considered eligible for a free city transit pass.
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