What should I do if my child’s bus is late?
When your child’s bus is less than 20 minutes late, it is best to contact the bus company directly. Contact information for District carriers is located at:
If a route is more than 20 minutes late, contact the appropriate Transportation Coordinator.
How are yellow bus stops determined?
While it would be wonderful if we could stop at each student’s house, doing so would be unsafe, economically inefficient and would create unjustifiably long bus routes. Consequently, we establish corner bus stops that are accessible to multiple students. This means that some students may have to walk several blocks to their bus stop. There is no established maximum distance a student may be expected to walk to a bus stop.
Bus stops are selected based on location and safety. The District’s goal is to, whenever possible, establish centrally-located community stops at safe intersection locations (corner stops).
Bus stops are reviewed annually to ensure that the District is implementing the safest, most efficient and most expeditious routes possible for all students riding the bus.
During summer school some students may be assigned to a summer school site outside their normal attendance area. Generally, if your child would have to walk to his/her attendance area school, he/she will be expected to walk to the attendance area school, which will serve as a central pick-up location. In some instances, the District may establish other centralized locations, such as a community center, as a summer school pick-up location. Individual requests will not be honored.
How are “unusually hazardous zones” determined?
The District has developed an Unusually Hazardous Zones Plan for each elementary school attendance area, which is filed with and approved by the State Superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The Plan has also been filed with and reviewed by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.
There are no specific criteria within the law for identifying and remediating an unusually hazardous zone.
Districts are not required to provide transportation to all students who live within an unusually hazardous zone. Other methods of risk reduction may be sufficient to adequately reduce the risks and allow students to continue to safely walk or ride their bicycles to school.
Can my child be picked-up from or dropped-off at different stops on different days of the week?
Parents are encouraged to have only one pick-up and drop-off location for their child so as to avoid confusion during the week. If necessary, however, the District does allow parents to select different locations during the annual enrollment process. All pick-up and drop-off locations must be within the attendance area for the student’s assigned school. The District will not provide transportation to students outside of the assigned school’s attendance area.
Except in cases of emergency, parents are to contact the school at least one hour before the end of the day if afternoon drop-off plans need to be changed or modified. This will ensure that the school staff has sufficient time to notify the classroom teacher and student of the change prior to release time.
What is the drop-off procedure for students in five-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade?
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are dropped-off at their assigned bus stop. Estimated drop-off times are provided. It is important that parents understand that these times are only estimates. A variety of conditions including weather and traffic may impact a bus’s arrival time. If a bus arrives at a stop before the posted drop-off time, the driver will allow students to get off the bus. The bus will remain at the stop until the posted drop-off time.
Bus drivers do not verify that a parent or other adult is at the stop waiting for a student. Students will be dropped-off regardless of whether an adult is present. Parents who choose to regularly meet their children at the bus stop should have a safety plan in place for times when the parent is unable to be at the bus stop at the drop-off time. It is important that the student understand the safety plan.
Drop-off procedures for summer school may differ from the procedures described above.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if my child’s bus is late?