Willow Park School


2015-2016 Transportation Information

*The following information was written and provided by the Black Gold Transportation Department.

Black Gold Transportation Department uses a computerized routing system called Bus Planner, a GPS system called Zonar and a student RFID scan card called Zpass. All students riding on a school bus operated by Black Gold are required to have a bus pass scan card.

All students are required to have their scan card on them at all times and are required to scan on and off the bus. Bus pass scan cards are non-transferable and will be revoked if used by anyone other than the cardholder. Drivers may refuse to transport a student who does not have their bus pass on them.


Transportation Fees


Student Ineligible for funding:
(residence is less than 2.4 km home to designated school)     $225.00**
Maximum of $525.00 per family

School/program of choice
(students attending their non-designated school based on their residence)     $225.00**
Maximum of $525.00 per family

Scan card for ALL students riding a school bus:     $25.00*

Replacement of scan card (lost or missing card):     $25.00


New this year: Black Gold will be implementing GPS and student scan cards on all buses.
*There will be a scan card fee of $25 for every student riding on a school bus to offset the cost.
**Ineligible passengers and school/program of choice students will pay the scan card fee on top of the fee listed above.

Students may not access a school bus without a scan card.


To pay transportation fees:

Go to your PowerSchool login. The fee will be listed and you may pay online.

If you are new to our schools please contact the school to get a login for PowerSchool.

If you do not know which school your child should be enrolled in for the fall, you may contact our transportation department for more information at 780-955-6025.

Once your transportation fee is paid, the department will mail out the scan card to your home address. Allow enough time over the summer for this to take place.

Transportation refunds or new move ins:

Black Gold does not offer a ‘winter’ only bus service. Transportation fees are only pro-rated when students move in or out of the area.

Payment Options:

Through PowerSchool, our online payment system will allow for:

  • Full fee by debit or credit card
  • $25 scan card fee and then 3 payment option: Sept. 1, Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 as an automatic debit from your credit card or bank account.

In our central office in Nisku you may:

  • Pay with $25 up front, then 3 post-dated cheques for Sept 1., Nov 1. and Feb 1.

NSF cheques or payments will be dealt with in the following manner:

  1. Parent will be contacted immediately to resolve the matter
  2. Failing a resolution, the student’s scan card will be deactivated and the service for that student will be revoked.


Eligible Student: Student who is attending their designated school and resides a distance greater of 2.4 km home to school (using all walkways as per the guidelines from Alberta Education funding)

Ineligible student: Student who is attending their designated school and resides less than 2.4 km home to school (using all walkways as per the guidelines from Alberta Education funding)

School of Choice Students: Student who is attending a school that is not their designated school or a student who is being provided transportation to a school of a different Board (STAR Catholic students serviced by Black Gold school buses)

Meeting a bus: School of choice students who are meeting a bus within the attendance boundary of the school they are choosing must meet the bus at a designated bus stop on the route. The bus must have room for them and must not displace students designated to attend that school. If the bus during the school year becomes full the choice student will be refunded and the transportation discontinued. Rural students meeting a bus are to be met at the stop by an adult both in the morning and afternoon.​