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Pre-K–8

When parents register their child at a school, they will be asked for information to set up a bus stop for their child. Students are assigned to bus stops according to the following criteria:

  • Elementary grades (Pre-K-5) walking distance to a school is one-half (.5) mile or less; maximum walking distance to a bus stop is one-quarter (.25) mile
  • Only High Five students will receive mid-day transportation
  • Middle grades (6-8) walking distance to a school is one (1) mile or less; maximum walking distance to a bus stop is one-half (.5) mile

The district provides the opportunity for students to have two (2) assigned school bus stops, one (1) primary stop and a second stop defined as alternative. Students can receive transportation to a daycare address that is within the school’s attendance area and not in the walk zone.

Requests to change a student’s bus stops are submitted through the school that a child is attending. Stops are created at corners only (except special education students).

We recommend that parents of High-5 and Kindergarten students meet their child at the bus after school, although it is not required. If you decide to meet your child at the bus, please be at your child’s stop at least 10 min before the posted drop-off time.

Custodial transfers are only available to students receiving special needs transportation.

Special education transit

Special education transportation is determined by your student’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Team. For information regarding your student’s transportation, please refer to your student’s IEP or student’s case manager.

Transportation outside a school’s attendance area or in the walk zone

Families who live outside of a school’s attendance area or in the walk zone will not receive transportation. Parents requesting a school outside of their attendance area will be required to sign a transportation waiver. Signing a waiver means parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from school on time every day. To request a waiver, please call Student Placement Services at 612.668.1840 or New Families Center at 612.668.3700.

Bus schedule availability

If students are enrolled prior to Aug. 1, bus stops are established for the first day of school and bus information is mailed to homes in late August. Students enrolling after Aug. 1 will be given a temporary bus stop for the first day of school. A permanent bus stop will be assigned within 10 days.

Routes may change

All routes and stops are subject to change once every three school days as students move or enroll in school; be sure to check your student’s backpack for a notice of changes to your bus stop location or pickup time.

 

 


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700. 

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