Remind 101

In attempts to communicate more clearly with parents and students around busing, we have created ‘Remind 101’ accounts for each of our bus groups. Each bus has been assigned to a texting group and if you register, we will be able to text parents and students when buses are late. We know this will not stop our buses from being late, but we feel we need a better way to communicate with parents and students.

‘Remind 101’ is a safe application that allows our school to text parents and students when we are contacted by Southland or have important bus information to share. This is a service we are offering to provide clearer communication regarding busing. You and your child/children are invited to sign up on your cell phone to receive texts from the school.

  • All phone numbers are kept private, we do not have access when you or children sign up 
  • Messages are one-way, so students & parents cannot reply 
  • Parents and students can register to receive information via text 

To Register:

Buses A – J Enter this number into your phone: (587) 333-0291

Text the message next to your bus letter (see list below and only text the message of your child’s bus).

Bus Letter Text this message 

For A text: @willowaa 
For B text: @willowbb
For C text: @willowcc
For D text: @willowdd
For E text: @willowee
For F text: @willowff
For G text: @willowgg
For H text: @willowhh
For I text: @willowii
For J text: @willowjj

Willow Park School is working closely with the Calgary Board of Education and Southland Transportation to help ensure all of our students have a safe ride on the bus and parents are informed. For more information regarding Remind 101 please visit:

https://www.remind101.com/learn-more

If your child is waiting for a bus and it has not arrived, please call the school or have your child call the school so we can alert Southland Transportation. We will then be able to text parents and students using ‘Remind 101’ to inform you of bus changes and or delays. We also acknowledge that there are going to be times when the bus has not been able to provide adequate service for some of our students. Please report these incidents to our school (via email) and to CBE Transportation.

For further information regarding Southland Transportation please visit their website at: http://www.southland.ca or to monitor your child’s bus route in the morning visit www.mychoolbusmonitor.ca and enter “Willow Park School”. 

Busing

Remind 101

In attempts to communicate more clearly with parents and students around busing, we have created ‘Remind 101’ accounts for each of our bus groups. Each bus has been assigned to a texting group and if you register, we will be able to text parents and students when buses are late. We know this will not stop our buses from being late, but we feel we need a better way to communicate with parents and students.

‘Remind 101’ is a safe application that allows our school to text parents and students when we are contacted by Southland or have important bus information to share. This is a service we are offering to provide clearer communication regarding busing. You and your child/children are invited to sign up on your cell phone to receive texts from the school.

  • All phone numbers are kept private, we do not have access when you or children sign up 
  • Messages are one-way, so students & parents cannot reply 
  • Parents and students can register to receive information via text 

To Register:

Buses A – J Enter this number into your phone: (587) 333-0291

Text the message next to your bus letter (see list below and only text the message of your child’s bus).

Bus Letter Text this message 

For A text: @willowaa 
For B text: @willowbb
For C text: @willowcc
For D text: @willowdd
For E text: @willowee
For F text: @willowff
For G text: @willowgg
For H text: @willowhh
For I text: @willowii
For J text: @willowjj

Willow Park School is working closely with the Calgary Board of Education and Southland Transportation to help ensure all of our students have a safe ride on the bus and parents are informed. For more information regarding Remind 101 please visit:

https://www.remind101.com/learn-more

If your child is waiting for a bus and it has not arrived, please call the school or have your child call the school so we can alert Southland Transportation. We will then be able to text parents and students using ‘Remind 101’ to inform you of bus changes and or delays. We also acknowledge that there are going to be times when the bus has not been able to provide adequate service for some of our students. Please report these incidents to our school (via email) and to CBE Transportation.

For further information regarding Southland Transportation please visit their website at: http://www.southland.ca or to monitor your child’s bus route in the morning visit www.mychoolbusmonitor.ca and enter “Willow Park School”. 

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​Getting Students to School

You can register your child for yellow school bus transportation online using your MyCBE/PowerSchool or completing a transportation registration form.

Please visit the CBE website to find more information on fees and service levels for the 2019-20 school year.​

Through Bill 1, the government has eliminated or reduced transportation fees for students who live 2.4 km or more away from their designated Regular Program school. Students requiring complex learning needs transportation or attending a special setting will also be exempt from transportation fees. All other Regular and Alternative Program riders assigned to yellow school buses will be charged $365/year.​

Yellow school bus registrations can be cancelled by Oct. 30 with no financial penalty. Cancellation forms must be completed before a pro-rated refund can be considered. No refunds will be processed for service cancelled after Apr. 30, or for individual trip delays.

Visit CBE Transportation​ for forms and more information.

Conditional Riders

Students who are not attending the designated school for their program, or who are not within the transportation service area, may be able to access existing service if there is a suitable stop on the existing bus route. Fees will not be waived for conditional riders.

Criteria for Conditional Riders

  • Must access an existing stop
  • Must be room on the bus
  • Must pay the transportation fee
  • No additional bus routes will be implemented to accommodate conditional riders
  • Must wait for written approval from Transportation Services before starting to ride the bus

Conditional riders are not permitted to ride the bus until it is determined there is space on the bus and riders have been approved by Transportation Services.

Parents/guardians whose children access yellow bus service can view the status of their bus using the MyBusStop App or check on My School Bus Monitor​.

Visit CBE Transportation for forms and more information.​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Calgary Transit

Many students use Calgary Transit to get to school. Families are responsible for purchasing Calgary Transit monthly passes. Students are reminded to always have proof of fare payment to avoid a refusal of service or issuance of a summons​. More information about fares and routes are available on the CBE website or the Calgary Transit website.​​​​​

​School Bus Safety at the CBE

School bus loading zones provide a safe area for students to embark and disembark the buses. Please do not drive into the school bus loading zone when you pick up or drop off your child.

Help teach your child to safely cross the street around school buses. Children should:

  • Stand back a safe distance from the bus

  • Wait until the bus leaves the stop

  • Walk to the closest intersection

  • Cross the street only when they have a clear view of traffic in both directions and it is safe to do so

The CBE and school bus carriers want to ensure your child's safety and make their experience on the bus a positive one.​​

The Board Chairs of the four metro school boards have issued a statement asking the Minister of Education to reconsider the Alberta Government’s ban on seclusion rooms (Ministerial Order 006/2019) https://t.co/276eSkXIiP #yycbe https://t.co/T3TH2c98k5

RT @MrNrod: @CappySmartCBE had the pleasure of hosting @yyCBEdu Chief Superintendent @UsihChristopher today! Thank you for visiting, listening, sharing, and connecting with our staff and students. #SuperCappy #WeAreCBE https://t.co/sfhHkr5GgT

Will your child be using a yellow school bus or Calgary Transit to get to school this school year? Check out some important updates, including route maps, on our website: https://t.co/9QubIOxKVE #yycbe https://t.co/XA8aFglF7k

Welcome back to our modified calendar school students! Hope you and your teachers a great first day of classes. We wish you a wonderful school year full of learning! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/S3u5xdyIIa