BUS ROUTES AND STOPS

Westmount currently operates 11 bus routes throughout the City of Calgary.  The bus routes are available for viewing on our website under Transportation.  Click here to view the bus routes.

CREATING BUS ROUTES AND STOPS

Our bus routes are reviewed and adjusted annually based on the registration information received each year by April 30th.   Locations of routes and their stops are determined by Westmount in consultation with our carrier Southland Transportation Ltd. 

In accordance with Westmount Charter Board’s restructured transportation policy (April, 2006), the bus routes and stops are determined based upon the following criteria:

STOP DISTANCE LIMITS

Under the School Act, section 51, a board is deemed to have complied with the provision of student transportation when the said transportation is “provided on a route that is not greater than 2.4 km from the residence of the student”.  Although, as a charter school, Westmount is exempt from compliance to this section, we nonetheless endeavor to create stop distances that are equal to, or less than, the 2.4 km guideline, although they are not guaranteed.

Distance is measured by the shortest route using roadways, pathways and walkways in accordance with the School Act, section 51 (4)(c), as follows: “the distance of a residence from a school or from a bus route is the shortest distance measured along a traveled road or public right of way between the school site or the bus route, as the case may be, and the nearest roadway access at the boundary of the quarter section or lot on which the student's parent resides.”

If you are checking the distance by car, please be aware that a typical vehicle will add approximately 10% to the actual distance.

ROUTE INQUIRIES AND CHANGES

Bus routes are finalized in June of the previous year.   All routes are posted on the school website for viewing.  Families who move residences or who wish to access busing after routes have been finalized are required to access an existing bus stop on an existing available route. If you know prior to May 1 that your family will be moving for the new school year, please advise transportation services of your new address and/or community so we can factor this into our route planning for the new school year.  

Parents with questions about the routes or stops should contact Westmount Transportation Services.  Under no circumstances should a parent approach a driver to make a route change request.  Drivers will not alter a route and/or stop in any manner without written permission from Westmount and/or Southland Transportation.

Route change requests will only be considered for stops with safety concerns.  All safety concerns brought to our attention will be handed over to Southland for their Safety department to review and recommend an alternate stop location if need be.    

Please note the following guidelines:

Westmount and Southland Transportation reserve the right to alter routes and stop locations to accommodate changing rider demographics and/or to improve the flow, timing or safety of a route and/or stop.

Route sheets that contain the names of students who will be riding a given route will be given to the route driver before the start of school.  The same list is also held by Westmount’s business office, the school office, Southland Transportation, and is given to all riding families on the said route.  This allows families to familiarize themselves with fellow riders and to share in emergency response planning.  Route sheets that are posted on the school’s website do not include student names. 

BUS DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Morning Pick-Ups

Students are required to arrive at the bus stop five minutes before its scheduled departure time.  The bus will leave as soon as all the scheduled students for that stop have boarded.  If any of the children assigned to a stop are not there at the scheduled departure time, the bus will not wait for them.  Parents who arrive late to the stop will need to proceed to an alternate stop on the same or different route.  All routes and stops are posted on the Westmount’s website under Transportation.

Morning Arrivals

School staff will meet the buses arriving at the Van Horne campus at 8:15 AM and Parkdale Elementary campus at 8:30 AM. Students are not permitted to disembark the buses until the supervisors have arrived to greet the buses. 

Afternoon Departures

Buses depart Van Horne at 3:28 and Parkdale at 3:45.  Once a bus has started to roll, it will not stop to pick-up a tardy student who is attempting to board his/her bus along the bus line-up.  The bus supervisors have the discretion to stop a bus to load students who have arrived late to the buses, so please have your students speak with a bus supervisor if they are late getting to their bus in the afternoon. Once a bus has left the school, it will not return to the school to pick up any students who have missed the bus.  The Supervising Teacher will return the student to the office and the family will be contacted.  

All riders are to board quickly when they arrive at their bus.  Drivers reserve the right to ask students to board the bus if they are loitering outside the bus door.  A student who loiters at a bus, which is at a distance from their own bus in the afternoon line-up, runs the risk of not being able to board once the buses start moving.

Afternoon Drop-Offs

Students in grades one and greater are permitted to disembark the bus alone.  ECS students, however, are not permitted to disembark the bus without an attendant or preauthorization by Westmount Charter School.  If an attendant is not present, Southland Transportation will attempt to contact the parents.  The bus driver may take the child with them as they complete the route and will remain with that child until he/she is picked up either at a stop or is delivered to a Calgary Police Station.  The child will not be brought back to the school.  If the route time extends into overtime to accommodate this situation, the family will be billed the overtime fee that is charged from Southland Transportation.  Please ensure your young child(ren) know their telephone number.

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07 March 2017