Bus Service - Questions & Answers

You will find a list of common questions and answers about our bus service which changed from church-run to School Division operation on May 1, 2017.

Information about Prince of Peace Bus Service - Questions & Answers


Q:    Will we have the same drivers for May and June 2017?
A:    Four of our drivers met with the general manager of Southland, Jenny Chenier, and accepted positions at Southland.  This meant drivers remained serving us on their regular routes from May 1 - June 29, 2017.  Tammy Morton-Renyk was a spare driver for any in need and was Afternoon Supervisor for the remainder of the year.  Her contact information remains the same (see Contact Information page).

Q:    What are the boundaries for attendance?  What are the boundaries for transportation?
A:     Click here to see the maps for attendance and transportation boundaries.

Q:    Who do I contact about my child’s bus service (absent from bus, late arrival, last minute changes)?
A:    Click here to see the Bus Contact Information sheet.


Q:    How will students know what Southland bus to get on?
A:    Look at the signs in the windows.  Signs with a Prince of Peace logo and Route Letter will be put in the window (eg. Calgary B).  The buses will have Southland lettering on the sides, not Prince of Peace.

Q:    What are pick-up and drop-off processes?
A:    Pick-up and drop-off processes will remain the same for the rest of the year.  In the fall there may be slight changes.  
The process remains the same for parents responsibilities as well; parents are responsible to have their children at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to appointed time and, if they are greeting students at the bus stop at the end of the day, must be visible to the student and driver.

Q:    What to do when students are late to the bus stop?
A:    Call Southland office 403.932.7100 and they will let the driver know.  
Parents are responsible to have their children at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to appointed time.

Q:    What to do when the bus is late to the bus stop?
A:    Call the RVS Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016 to check on the status of the bus.  
You can also call the Southland office which is open from 6:00am – 6:00pm. 
Please note that during times of active weather or construction where traffic is impacted, the buses route times may be affected.  Call the Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016 to find out about your bus.

Q:   What if students are signed out during the day or absent?  How will the drivers

A:   Tammy will be our Afternoon Supervisor.  She will monitor bus attendance for afternoon dismissal.   She will take all the information about students who are absent or signed-out to the appropriate bus driver.  

Q:    What if a student is not comfortable getting off the bus?
A:    The student can say to the driver that they don’t see their parent at the stop and are not okay with getting off the bus.  They can stay on bus.  The driver will call Southland to contact the parents for information.  Southland will let the driver know when they have contacted the parents and instruct the drivers about how to proceed (eg. go to another stop, return to their stop later).  If parents cannot be reached, the driver will bring the student back to school where we will continue to contact parents.

Q:    What happens if a student falls asleep on bus?
A:    The Driver ALWAYS does a walk through the bus at the end of their run.  If a student is found asleep, the driver will radio their Southland dispatcher.  The dispatcher will calls the parents and then the school.


Q:    What about student conduct and behavior?
A:    Refer to the RVS Code of Conduct, link here.  The driver will talk with student and, if necessary, will record information about any incidents.  This is the same process as now.  After 3 recorded incidents, RVS will issue parents a letter to inform them of the issues.  The driver can also report to the Principal any incidents of conduct or behavior that do not reflect our safe and caring Christian school.

Q:    What about cold weather and cancelation of buses?
A:    Click here to see Rocky View Schools’ Inclement Weather Policy for Transportation.  Also, you can call the Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016.    


Q:    What about registration for the 2017-2018 school year?
A:    In June, after RVS has determined the fees for 2017/2018, RVS will email all bus families a registration.   Parents will be asked to complete and email the registration back.


Q:    What about paying fees for busing the 2017-2018 school year?
A:    Bus Fees are paid directly to Rocky View Schools, not Southland and not Prince of Peace.  Fees for Resident and Non-residdent families are to be paid in full prior to mid-October for the 2017-2018 school year.


Q:    Will students have bus passes?
A:    Rocky View Schools WILL be issuing bus passes this year.  They come in a pouch that can be attached to a back pack.  The student swipes the bus pass when they get on and off the bus.  This way, the school board can tell exactly who is on the bus.  If a student loses their bus pass, the driver will write it down and RVS will be notified.  After 3 times, RVS will contact parents.  The replacement cost is $15.00.

Q:    How far will students have to walk to the bus stop?
A:     Rocky View’s guide is 400 metres. 

Q:      Why did the bus service changing?
A:      The buses were owned by the Church and the Church no longer had the finances to operate the service.  The only sources of income for the church were congregation offerings and parent-paid bus fees.  If the church had continued with a church-owned bus service, the bus fees would have been increased dramatically (to $1,250).  Without the increase in fees, the Church would not have been able to keep up with wages and bus repairs.  The bus fleet was aging and replacement buses are very expensive.  

Q:     Why change now and not in September?
A:     1) The financial pressure the Church is under;  2) September is a very busy time and there are lots of changes for students with new grades, new teachers, new friends.  It is already a nervous time of year for kids.  It is better to implement this change now so that the students become familiar with the new service rather than wait until September when it would be another unknown element.

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