Q. Why does Elk Island Public Schools charge fees for student transportation?
Alberta Education provides transportation funding for all eligible students to receive free transportation to their designated school. EIPS' Student Transportation provides a service to students throughout the division by offering to fill bus seats that are not required by designated students. Charging fees helps to recover a portion of the incremental cost of providing additional service to students. These are called Payride fees. Payride is a fee-based service that exceeds the transportation standards as outlined by Alberta Education.
Q. What is a designated school?
The Board of Trustees designates schools for students by creating boundary areas. Students are directed to attend their designated school.
Q. What is an eligible student?
Alberta Education defines eligible students for transportation funding as those residing greater than 2.39 km from their designated school.
Q. What is an ineligible student?
An ineligible student is one who lives less than 2.4 km away from his/her designated school. If an ineligible student wishes to access EIPS' transportation, he/she is automatically subject to a Payride fee. Distance is calculated using a combination of roadways and walkways. It may not always match the driven distance of your family car.
Q. What is a non-designated student?
A Non-designated student is defined as one who attends an EIPS' school other than his/her designated school. For example, students attending an alternative program such as Logos, Honours, or International Baccalaureate are considered Non-designated students. Students who attend a language or language immersion program are not considered Non-designated students because, as per Alberta Education guidelines, the school providing the program automatically becomes the child's designated school. Students wishing to access Non-designated transportation are automatically subject to a Non-designated fee in addition to a Payride fee if they are ineligible.
Q. How does EIPS determine the rates for student transportation fees?
Alberta Education provides funding for student transportation based on a student's eligibility. EIPS sets Payride fees based on reasonableness of costs to parents, not on actual costs or funding rates incurred as this would make the cost of Payride services prohibitive. EIPS charges a fee to transport students who are attending a non-designated school, ineligible students and noontime Kindergarten service in Sherwood Park, as well from three (3) Fort Saskatchewan daycares. Parents will receive a letter in May indicating the amount of fees that are due for their child/children. All eligible students and those who have already paid their Student Transportation fees will receive a letter containing their e-Link Login information (to view bus pickup times) and bus pass by mid-August.
Q. How do I pay my fees and when are they due?
Fees are due by June 30 of the school year prior to the year for which you require transportation services. They can be paid through our secure online payment page using VISA, Mastercard, direct debit (Interac), money order or in person at EIPS' Central Office. Cheques are not an accepted method of payment.
Fees paid after June 30 will be subject to a late payment penalty and busing accommodation will depend on availability.
Q. If I am a non-resident student but want to attend an EIPS school, do I have to pay the Non-Designated School Fee?
Non-resident students attending an EIPS' school will be subject to a fee. Refer to the Transportation Fee Schedule for specific rates.
Q. I want to apply for a fee waiver. How do I know if I am eligible?
Students attending a non-designated school will not be eligible for a fee waiver. If the student lives under 2.4km from their school, they may be eligible for a fee waiver and will have to apply through the application form.