New Transportation Regulation Requires Planning

Board of Trustees advocates for the continuance of the Transportation Fee Replacement Grant in the 2019/20 provincial budget to allow RVS and its families adequate time to plan for any fees related to Transportation services.

Decision on Way Forward Premature

A new student transportation regulation that came into force Sept. 1, 2019, has brought into question whether Rocky View Schools (RVS) will introduce mid-year rider fees given that the previous transportation fee restrictions have been lifted. Any decision on the way forward is premature according to the Board of Trustees, which noted that while boards now have the legislated authority to charge bus fees, school board revenues remain unknown.

Given the late adoption of these new rules and without a provincial budget being tabled, the Board hopes government will give RVS and its families adequate time to plan for any unanticipated fees related to this service by maintaining the $1.6 million Transportation Fee Replacement Grant it receives, helping to offset revenues lost under Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees.

The Board believes a responsible government decision would be to maintain the previous level of funding for transportation for at least the 2019/20 school year, noting RVS has been very proactive in making efficiencies to this portfolio and to change course mid-year would require considerable planning.

RVS will continue to gather information about the impact of the revised regulation and eagerly await funding information when the provincial budget is released later in the fall.

Under the new regulation, boards are only restricted from charging fees when providing transportation for students with complex needs who live outside the attendance boundaries for a school with specialized programs to meet their needs.

 

New Transportation Regulation Requires Planning

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