The goal is to consistently identify bus stops in neighborhoods on the consideration of safety, efficiency, least cost, and shortest over-all ride times. Bus stops are central to where all of the students are coming from. Some house stops are made on very busy roads. We generally do not send buses into cul-de-sacs or dead-end roads because of lack of safe access or the ability of the bus to turn around.
YES! The Transportation Department begins downloading student information from each of the schools during the first week of August. Anyone registering or moving beginning with the first week of August must call the transportation office to make arrangements for transportation services before the new school year (unless you already contacted your child's school prior to Aug. 1).
School bus stops are placed in central locations to shorten route length and times. Transportation services make every effort to see that these stops are safe and have appropriate walking routes to them. By law, school buses must also have at least one to three hundred feet between stops (determined by a road's speed limit). The higher frequency of stops made by the bus increases the dangers for an accident because of impatient motorists and increasing the number of stops, makes the student ride time longer.
The school district's transportation department and its contractors are the only authority that can make changes to bus routes and stops. School bus drivers do not have the authority to make changes to routes or student pickup/drop off locations. If one believes that the current bus stop is unsafe and/or does not fit the bus stop criteria set forth by the district, please fill out a "Bus Stop Change Request" form.
Except to transport special education students, buses generally are not routed down cul-de-sacs because of the danger to small children and property while the bus is turning around or backing up in the small area.
The walking area is determined by measuring the shortest distance from the student's residence (end of driveway), by reasonably safe walkway, to the property of the school the student attends. The walking zone distances is established by the School Board. Currently it is one(1) mile for Grades K-12. *K-6 boundaries are often less due to traffic/pedestrian hazards. Call the transportation office at 320-253-9370 for specific address information.
The school district provides transportation for about 9,000 students to and from school each day. The district is not able to position bus stops so that all parents or daycare providers are able to see the stop from their home. It is the responsibility of the parents, guardian, or daycare provider to ensure that each student arrives safely at the bus stop.
We are not able to route buses so that all children can board the bus on the door side.
With the large number of streets and bus stops in our school district, it is necessary for some students to walk on roads that have hills, curves and/or no sidewalks. For any concerns, please fill out a "Bus Stop Change Request" form to have an area reviewed.
Generally, bus stops are centrally located for all students. Bus stops are not changed to accommodate one or more students because that may displace other students further from their home. A central bus stop is necessary because other students may begin riding the bus or new families may move into the neighborhood. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their child arrives safely at the bus stop.
As noted above, bus stops are centrally located. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the daycare provider to get the students to the bus stop.
In order to be consistent and fair in placement of bus stops, the school district is not able to establish stops based on personal circumstances.
Pick-up and drop-off times will not vary to any great extent on a normal basis after the first two weeks of school. Circumstances beyond control could make the bus late occasionally. Vehicle break downs, impassable roads, emergencies or drivers becoming ill are just a few reasons that could make the bus late. We will always make sure a bus will be at your stop. If the wait is longer than fifteen minutes please contact transportation at 320 253-9370.
We strive to establish route times so that no student will ride the bus for more than one hour one way. Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee this will happen all the time.
Transportation across district lines or school borderlines is not permitted. Route timing, distances, and bus capacities make it impossible to accommodate this type of request. The child's parent would be responsible for transportation arrangements.
Yes, as long as the daycare is located inside that schools attendance and geographical bussing area. Students would need to always be picked up in the same location and also dropped off in the same location. The pick-up and drop-off locations may be different from each other, but need to be the same location each day.
The student would be allowed to ride to and from the daycare. Please fill out a "Child Care Transportation Request" form and return to the Transportation Dept. It needs to be the same place every day.
Questions arise from time to time about what students may bring with them on the school bus. The Transportation Department tries to accommodate student's needs whenever possible. The department's rule of thumb is that students may bring items such as musical instruments that they can hold on their laps or between their legs during the bus ride. Objects like toys may be carried on the bus only if they are kept in a student's backpack and are not brought out during the ride to or from school.
Some objects are never allowed on the route buses. These objects include:
Guns (including play guns)
Knives or other sharp objects
Gasoline engines or cans
Animals, insects or fish
Glass items, aerosol products
Skis, ski poles, hockey sticks
Golf clubs, lacrosse sticks, baseball bats
Any items of dangerous or objectionable nature determined by the Transportation Department.
The goal is for students to have a safe and respectful ride to and from school.
Transportation Services makes every effort to fully maximize bus capacities. On occasion, buses may not be fully utilized due to the nature of the transportation. Special Education, ELL and some kindergarten schedules are not fully utilized due to distances, timing and program needs.
Drivers inspect the interior of the bus after each route. Drivers are instructed to keep all found articles of unknown origin on board the bus at least one day. Articles may be claimed directly from the driver or you may contact the district bus garage or the bus contractor's office of the bus service your child rides. Unclaimed articles are kept in our "lost and found" for a few weeks.
Seat belts on school buses are not required equipment. School buses utilize the "compartmentalization" concept to insure student safety. Since the mid-70's the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that this approach to student safety is the most practical for school buses. Compartmentalization is an arrangement whereby seats are placed close together to absorb the energy of a child's body thrown against it. Additional padding, higher seat backs, frame construction, and anchoring requirements make compartmentalization the accepted choice of and the industry standard.
Efforts are currently underway to revisit the seat belt issued on a national scale. Testing is currently being done to determine what the next generation of "child restraints" for school buses might be. The outcome of this testing will be reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before determining if viable options exist and are necessary for changes.
Please call the Transportation Office at 320 253-9370 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. If it is a contractor's bus, you can call them directly at:
District Buses (PS) 320-253-9370
Guardian School Bus Company 320-259-8225
Spanier Bus Service 320-251-3313
Trobec Bus Service 320-251-1202
Voigt School Bus Service 320-253-0510
Please contact the school that the child will be attending.
Although it is not the usual practice of District 742 to allow siblings of students with special transportation needs to ride along in special transportation vehicles, the transportation supervisor or designee will consider special requests from parents for this option based on the following guidelines:
Sibling must be enrolled in the same school.
There must be adequate seating space available on the vehicle (this may change during the year).
Any behavior related incident reports received for the sibling may result in the termination of the option of a sibling ride along.
The district maintains the right to discontinue this procedure based on District needs.
Yes, all drivers are required to maintain in good standing a class B commercial drivers license (CDL) with a School Bus and Passenger endorsements. All drivers are subject to drug and alcohol testing. They also need to pass a physical every two years. Drivers receive 30-40 hours of initial training and 8 hours annual training during the year.
Yes, by law it is required on an annual basis that students grades K-10 be instructed in the proper way to evacuate a school bus in an emergency situation. Drills are performed on each route in the early fall of each school year. Drivers are trained in the proper use of emergency exits and procedures.