Back to school

Children standing in front of a school bus.

Strathcona County is supporting parents, caregivers, students, teachers, and staff returning to school on September 3, 2019.

Back to school success: supporting our community

Getting back into the school year routine can be stressful for everybody. Community members who are looking for extra support can reach out to Strathcona County’s Family and Community Services. All services are free or “pay what you can afford”, evening hours are available and no appointments are necessary.

Visit Family and Community Services for a full listing of offerings.

Free workshops and resources for parents/caregivers

  • Skill Building for Parents Learn and practice strategies with other parents around various parenting challenges. Topics include: Anxiety, stress, boundaries, emotional regulation, healthy relationships and navigating change.
  • Junior High Journey Learn how to better support your teenager with the transition from elementary to junior high school.
  • Connect Parent For parents/caregivers with children between ages 10 to 17 to get support, connect with other parents, and learn a new perspective on adolescent development and relationships.
  • Child Care Connector Join us for a trade-fair style event on September 28, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m where families and child care providers in the community can come together under one roof. Meet child care providers and ask questions about availability, activities and fees, and leave feeling more informed about child care options in your area. To register, visit
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Program – Supports parents and caregivers to set goals and create an individualized parenting plan, including seminars, groups, tip sheets and 1:1 sessions. Check the program guide for specific dates and times. For more information, call 780-416-6730 or email 

Well-being and Mental Health

  • Solutions Navigation Do you have parenting, housing or financial challenges? Our team can provide you with information, skill building and referral services, plus access to transit and recreation subsidies such as Everybody Gets to Play. Service is free.
  • Counselling Services An opportunity to make positive changes and build skills. Available for individual, couples and families. Pay what you can afford, $0-$90.
  • Groups Sessions provide education and encourage support on a variety of topics such as understanding emotions, developing trust, communications tools and more. Available every weekday, welcoming new and returning participants. Free.

Call Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044 for more information.

Additional Resources

Speed limits in school zones

All school zones in Strathcona County will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.

  • The school zone speed limit is 30 km/h, in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.
  • Playground zone speed limit is 30 km/h. It is in effect starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending one hour after sunset.

Learn more about playground and school zones speed limits.

Getting to school

This fall, transit will transport over 5,000 riders. Customer service representatives  are available to help riders plan their back to school travel.

Locally, transit service is available for students attending Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School. Check with the school to obtain passes. 

All students are encouraged to take advantage of local transit routes. Local transit is included for both U-Pass and commuter pass holders. Parking will continue to remain at a premium, especially during the school year.

Transit service into Edmonton provides direct routes to:

  • University of Alberta
  • NAIT
  • MacEwan University’s downtown campus.

Schedule information

Call 780-464-RIDE (7433) for schedule information, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where to buy passes and tickets

Strathcona County Transit passes and tickets are available for purchase at:

Make back to school eco-friendly

From packing lunches to choosing school supplies: check these tips on how to make environmentally friendly choices for this school year.

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Last updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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