Transportation Guidelines

 

In 2008, the school board voted to implement a one-mile limit for grades K-5 and a two-mile limit for grades 6-12. Students within these limits would need to pay a fee to be transported to and/or from school.

The Transportation Committee recently met to review the procedures presently used to determine when a student must pay a fee to ride a bus to and/or from school.

 

This document lists the recommendations from this committee that were approved by the school board at the May 25 meeting. The only difference from past practice is where the student is picked up before school and dropped off after school will determine if a fee will be charged. Previously, this was determined by the student’s residence. If you have questions on how these guidelines will impact your student starting next year, please contact Sandy Hesley (263-7900) at Vision Transportation.

 

Recommendations from the Transportation Committee and approved by the school board:

  • Following the one and two mile limit, the address of the home where the student is picked up will determine whether a fee should be charged.
  • Due to the close proximity of the high school and middle school, the fee should be charged or not charged for all high school and middle school students in the same family.
  • Students qualifying for free meals should continue to receive busing at no charge.
  • Students qualifying for reduced meals should continue to receive busing at half the normal fee.
  • Families will be charged half the fee when the student rides part-time.
  • The transportation fee of $320 per student with a $960 family maximum should remain the same for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Here are examples of specific situations and how they will be handled.

 

One student lives over the one or two-mile limit while sibling(s) lives less than the one or two mile limit.

 

  • Since the location of the residence the student is getting picked up determines whether the fee is charged, in some instances, some students in a family may be charged the fee while others may not.

 

A high school senior lives outside the two-mile limit, but younger siblings are within the one or two mile limit so no one pays the fee. When the senior graduates, does the family now pay for children within the one or two mile limit?

 

  • Whether a fee is charged will be determined by the address of the residence the student is picked up.

 

A family lives inside of the one-mile zone and chooses a daycare outside of the one-mile limit or the family lives outside of the one-mile limit and chooses a daycare inside of the one-mile limit.

 

  • A fee is charged based upon the address where the student is physically at when the student is being picked up or dropped off. In this scenario the family would need to pay if the location of the residence the student is being picked up or dropped off was within the one or two mile limit.

 

If one parent lives outside of the one or two mile limit and one parent lives within the one or two mile limit and the daycare provider is inside or outside of the one or two mile limit.

 

  • A fee is charged based upon the address where the student is physically at when the bus arrives. In this scenario the family would need to pay the fee depending on where the student is picked up and dropped off.

 

If one parent lives outside of the one or two mile limit and one parent lives within the one or two-mile limit and the student divides time between both parents.

 

  • For an elementary student, the parent living within one mile of the school and the student is picked up within the one mile-limit, the parent would pay half of the fee. The parent living outside the one-mile limit would not pay the fee if the student is picked up beyond the one mile limit. For a secondary student, the parent living within the two-mile limit would pay half of the annual fee if the student is picked up within the two-mile limit. The parent living outside the two-mile limit would not pay the fee if the student is picked up outside the two -mile limit.

 

A student rides the bus just in the morning or afternoon and is picked up within the one or two mile limit.

 

**The family pays half of the fee for the student to ride.

 

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