We have received many questions surrounding the PPF program (Parent Provided Funding) and if students will be able to register for the school bus at a later date should they return to in-person learning.  Yes, students will be able to register for the school bus at a later date if they return to in-person learning. For PPF, if you participate in at home learning at any time during the school year, you will no longer be eligible for PPF as you are not transporting your student to school.  Please see the details below.

PPF – Parent Provided Funding – Eligibility Changes

 This program is for those who reside further than 2.4KM from the school.  (This distance is the shortest distance by pathway or roadway)  Eligible families are those who are transporting their students to/from school each day.

Those who are participating in at-home learning at any time during the school year will NOT be eligible for this funding.  For example; if you are participating in class currently but are driving your student and you decide to move to at-home learning in Term 2 you will not be eligible for this funding.

Those families that are currently listed under the PPF program (whether eligible or not) and decide they want to register for the bus, later on, will be able to do so.  If you already made the $100 transportation deposit and did not ride at all in Sept (meaning you have already withdrawn from the bus) you will be able to transfer your deposit to the bus fee should you decide to return to busing.  If you rode the bus in September and decide to withdraw from busing you have “used” your deposit by riding the bus in September and will not be able to use your deposit should you return to busing.  Our regular fee structure found on the school website under Bus Fees will apply for those wishing to return to busing. See the table below for fees.

Register between February 1 and Year-End

 One half the full busing fee applies with no government funding subsidy available

2020-20212021-2022
Full Time rider$699.50
ECS rider$487.00
Third and subsequent family rider$487.00
Part Time Rider Grades 1-12$549.50
Part Time Rider ECS$412.00

For students registering for the bus to start on January 4, 2021, and February 1, 2021, the full-time rate will be at $699.50 as outlined in the table above and for those coming in on April 4, 2021,  the fee will be $350.

  • If you are planning to return to busing for January 4, or February 1, 2021, please email your students’ full name and start date for the bus NO EARLIER THAN DECEMBER, 2020 to schoolbus@westmountcharter.com.
  • If you are planning to return to busing for April 4, 2021, please email your students’ full name and start date for the bus NO EARLIER THAN MARCH, 2021 to schoolbus@westmountcharter.com.

You will receive a confirmation back if your student will be accommodated on the bus for your chosen date.

Current Bus Students

 Bus Fees 2020-21  Full Time  $850

Part Time  $550

ECS          $425 (Kindergarten Full time)

ECS          $275 (Kindergarten Part Time)

If your student is a bus student and you want to withdraw from busing after September 30, our Service Cancellation and Refund policy is in effect.  The information below can be found on the school website under Transportation.

 SERVICE CANCELLATION and REFUNDS

Parents may choose to cancel their use of the busing service. All busing cancellation requests must be received in writing by Transportation Services and must include the date at which the student will stop using the bus. Cancellation requests include an administrative fee of $25 per rider.

Full Time Riders Before Sept 30: No refund. The $100 bus deposit covers the first month of busing.

Oct 1 to Jan 31: $ 375 refund for regular full-time riders, $175 refund for ECS riders. (Half refund of yearly busing fee less administration fee)

Feb 1 to year end: No refund

Part Time Riders: No refund