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District Busing Guidelines

District Busing Guidelines

District Guidelines for Bus Stops

Student bus stop locations are determined based on the student’s home address, with transportation available to a school located within District attendance areas.

Students have the opportunity to have two (2) assigned school bus stops; one (1) primary stop and a second stop defined as an alternative stop. Students can receive transportation to a daycare address if it is within the school’s attendance area and not in the walk zone. Stops are created at corners only (except special education students).

Bus stops for students are based on the information below. If families decide to provide their own transportation to and/or from school for their student, a Transportation Waiver must be completed every year to ensure accurate information. 

For Grades PreK-5:

  • Students living a half-mile or more from their schools, but still within the attendance area for that school, will be eligible for transportation and assigned a bus stop.
  • Bus stops will never be more than a quarter-mile from a student’s home and will be located within the neighborhood to concentrate as many student riders at one stop as possible1.
  • Students living within a half-mile of their schools are considered in the walk zone and ineligible for bus transportation. If a student would have to cross a hazardous street2 within that walk zone, however, Transportation Services will assign these students to a bus stop.
  • Students must not be required to cross hazardous streets2 in order to reach their bus stop.
  • Students living outside their school’s attendance area will not be eligible to receive bus transportation, except in the case of Expanded School-Choice Option3.

For Grades 6-8:

  • Students living a mile or more from their schools, but still within the attendance area for that school, will receive transportation and be assigned to a bus stop.
  • Bus stops will never be more than a half-mile from a student’s home and will be located within the neighborhood to concentrate as many student riders at one stop as possible1.
  • Students living within a mile of their schools are considered in the walk zone and no bus transportation will be provided.
  • Students living outside their school’s attendance area will not receive transportation, except in the case of Expanded School-Choice Option3

 

 

 

1- Bus stops are determined by the location of student residences and may move several times during the school year based on the movement of students into or out of neighborhoods and the efficiency of the overall routing.

2- A hazardous street is defined as a street with more than 2,499 vehicles per-day. The traffic count is based on the Minneapolis Public Work traffic census.

3- As part of MPS’s Expanded Choice Option, students living in the Green Central attendance area who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch may choose to attend Burroughs Elementary School and transportation will be provided. This also applies to students living in the North Minneapolis community; students residing in attendance areas 1B, 1C and 1H who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch can receive transportation to Lake Harriet Lower and Upper School campuses.