The Transportation Department's main mission is to provide safe, timely, and efficient school bus service to all our riders. We travel roughly the distance from Miami, Florida to San Francisco, California, and back every day. Our District covers over 400 square miles and our goal is to provide the safest and shortest routes to and from school.
Does your student qualify for busing? Per school board policy, students living further than two miles from their boundary school will be provided transportation to and from school.
- ALL 4K students have door to door pickup and drop off and may only be released to a parent or guardian that is at least 18 years of age.
- Kindergartners that live further than one mile from school will be provided transportation.
- Students with special needs shall be provided with transportation, regardless of distance (student must have supporting Individual Education Plan (IEP)).
COVID-19 AND OPEN SEAT RIDER REQUEST
DUE TO THE LOWER NUMBER OF STUDENTS WE ARE ALLOWED TO PLACE ON A SCHOOL BUS WE WILL NOT BE OFFERING OPEN SEAT RIDER REQUEST FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.
If your child is not eligible for transportation, you may fill out annually an Open Seat Rider Request form for each student. This form allows parents to sign up for transportation of those students that live within the 2-mile walk zone of each school. Open Seat Rider request will be held until an average ridership count can be established for routes that have Open Seat Rider request pending (this process typically takes four weeks from the first week of school). The criteria for approval include but are not limited to, the number of eligible students assigned to a route, average number of students riding, capacity of the bus, safe access to existing bus stops, and the number of request received per route. If your request is approved you will be contacted via the Transportation Department with your student's route assignment, stop location, and times for pick-up and drop-off. Open Seat Rider request are not guaranteed and if circumstances on any particular route changes during the school year and space is no longer available, you will be notified via the Transportation Department so that you can make other arrangements for transportation of your student(s).
BUS ROUTES are determined by the transportation route coordinators, the route coordinators follow the district policy when creating your students route. Students may be grouped so that buses do not make more than five stops per mile. Group stops are determined to be most convenient for the majority of students in a neighborhood and may require elementary school students to walk up to one-fourth mile to a bus stop with middle and secondary school students walking up to one-half mile to a bus stop. Route times are subject to change due to traffic and weather so it is important to have your student(s) at the bus stop approximately five minutes before scheduled pickup times so as to not delay the route.
COVID-19 AND BUS NOTES:
AT THIS TIME STUDENTS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO GET ON AND GET OFF THE BUS AT THEIR SCHEDULED STOPS. NO BUS NOTES WILL BE ALLOWED.
BUS NOTES are REQUIRED if your student is to ride any bus other than their own. Bus notes must be approved via the office of the student's boundary school and students shall provide their note to the driver upon boarding the bus.
If your student will be needing after school transportation to a Boys and Girls Club Center you must fill out a transportation request form.
Please review bus loading and unloading safety with your child. Remind your children about the dangers of the bus stop. As a bus approaches a stop, remind children to stand back until the bus comes to complete stop and the driver has opened the student entrance door. Children should NEVER retrieve a backpack that they may have dropped without notifying the driver FIRST. If your child has to cross the street, they need to wait until the bus driver waves them across.
HAVE YOU MOVED?
If you are a public school parent and have moved, you first must call the Stevens Point School District Business Office and get your address changed in Skyward. Their number is 715-345-5456. Once it's changed in Skyward then we can process the change in transportation.
YOUR STUDENTS BUSING INFORMATION:
For the beginning of a new school year, please refer to the Routing Information Tab on the left for finding busing information for your student.
The Stevens Point School District offers an innovative mobile device app entitled, My Stop App. This app is available to students attending both public and private schools in the area and allows you to view your students school bus in real-time. Click on the My Stop App tab for more information and instructions on how to download this FREE app.
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If you have problems applying through WECAN, please stop by our office (3300 Water Street) between 5:30 AM and 5:15 PM weekday during the school year. Summer hours do vary.
Stevens Point Area Public School District
Office of Transportation Services
3300 Water Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481