There are significant changes to School Specials starting September 1. The majority of School Special bus routes have been merged into regular ETS routes that serve the same areas.
ETS supports all ages of children through various programs such as:
- Special Needs Program
ETS provides bus passes to special needs students attending either Edmonton Public Schools or Catholic Schools. The bus passes are used for field trips during the school year with the goal that students will feel comfortable to continue to use public transit once they graduate from high school.
- City Hall School Program
ETS supports this program by donating one and half day of charter service to transport Grade 1 to 9 students to and from City Hall. During this time students also receive essential transit training.
The annual First Riders event provides travel training and passenger safety orientation for students making the transition to bus transportation for the first time. In late August, students have the opportunity to get on a bus and ask ETS and yellow school bus representatives questions and get a feel for the bus experience in a safe setting. This program is open to students in all three local School Boards and registration is coordinated by the respective school boards.