Register to Ride
This section covers the ins and outs of registering your child to ride a PHPS school bus to school.
If you have questions about the information here please call the Transportation office at 780.674.8510 or email Bev.Pollard@phpschools.ca.
Fees are payable to Pembina Hills Public Schools. We accept cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
Early learning students call 780.674.8545.
|Bus fees (per student per year)||Kindergarten||Gr 1 to 12|
|Rural students attending designated school||Free||Free|
attending French Immersion
directed to a program by PHPS Student Services
in the Neerlandia attendance area going to school in Barrhead
|Rural students not attending designated school||$225||$450|
|In town students Swan Hills, Barrhead, Westlock||$175||$350|
|Alternate site requests *||$50||$50|
* Pembina Hills provides bus service for rural students to one bus stop location. Parents may apply for service to an additional stop location (alternate site) under certain criteria.
– The alternate site is located along an existing route and does not require any route deviations.
– The bus is not more than 95% full.
– The parents communicate with the bus driver regarding a schedule for when the alternate site will be used.
Alternate sites will not be granted for one-time use situations such as birthday parties, sleepovers, etc.
Rural bus service:
Students attending Designated School
Rural students attending their designated school, enrolled in French Immersion, directed to a program by PHPS student services or living in the Neerlandia attendance area and going to school in Barrhead ride the bus for free.
Rural students currently riding a bus to their designated school do not have to register for transportation; however new rural students must register for busing with form 7-100 Rural Student Transportation. This applies even if your child has older siblings on the bus.
Rural bus service:
Students attending School of Choice
While we encourage families to attend their designated school, some families choose to send their children to a different school. If you’ve made this choice you must first complete form 5-01A Requested School Registration to enrol at your requested school.
You have 3 transportation options:
1. You may drive your child to school.
2. You may drive your child to a bus stop in your chosen school’s attendance area to catch the bus if there is room on that bus. There is no fee.*
3. You may apply for a seat on a transfer bus if there is room on the transfer bus. Use form 5-01B Requsted School Transportation to apply. This service costs $450/student per year.*
Note: For options 2 and 3, you must apply annually for a seat on the bus to a requested school. We assign seats on a first-come, first-served basis giving priority to: 1) students who currently ride a PHPS bus to a requested school; 2) new applicants. Siblings, who are not currently riding a PHPS bus to a requested school, are considered new applicants.
In town bus service
In-town bus passes go on sale June 1st. We provide busing to students living in Swan Hills, Barrhead and Westlock for a fee of $350 per student/per year. The fee for Kindergarten students is $175 per student/per year. Please complete form 7-101 In-Town Student Transportation Registration.
Swan Hills K to 12 students
Forms and fees can be dropped off at the school. You may also submit a completed bus registration form and payment (cash, cheque or Visa, Mastercard or Discover) to the Barrhead Transportation Office (5610 49 St). You may deliver the form in person, fax it to 780.674.8512 or email it to Bev Pollard. We also accept credit card payment over the phone.
Barrhead K to 12 students
You may bring a completed bus registration form and payment to the Barrhead Transportation Office (5610 49 St) between 9 am and 3 pm. You must come to the office to pick up your bus pass.
Westlock K to 12 students
You may bring a completed bus registration form and payment to the Westlock Transportation office (10320 107 St) between 9 am and 3 pm. You must come to the office to pick up your bus pass.
*Note – The Westlock Transportation office will be closed on Fridays in July and August.