Special Program Busing

  • Richfield Public Schools partners with select contracted bus companies to provide transportation to and from school for students receiving special services within the district. This includes students in special education programs and students who the district determined to be homeless or highly mobile. Your child's case worker or the school social worker can help discern if they are eligible for transportation services. 

    In most cases, transportation services begin 3 to 5 days from the date of the request. The bus company will contact families with the start date, pick up times and vehicle number before transportation begins. If you need to cancel your child's pick up or drop off, please contact the bus company at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled pick up time. 

    If you have questions regarding your child's special transportation arrangements, please contact the Transportation Office at 612-798-6066.

  • When will the bus route begin for my student?

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    Every effort is made to arrange transportation as quickly as possible.  When a student is assigned to a program one week or less before school starts in the fall, it may not be possible to arrange bussing by the start of school.  Parents may be asked to transport their student for a short period of time.  Parents will receive a phone call with bus times.  If you have not heard prior to the first day of school, please call directly at the number listed on the back of the brochure.  During the school year most bus requests should be able to be started within 3-5 school days.

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  • If we move to another address within the school district will my student ride the same bus?

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    An address change may require a bus change.  Parents should call your child’s special education teacher in advance to give the moving date, the new address and phone number.  Bus drivers are not authorized to make any route changes.  Bus route changes can take up to one week.  It is the parents’ responsibility to transport the student until the route change is effective. 

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  • What if my student is picked up and dropped off at an address other than their home?

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    Bus routes can only allow for one address for the pick-up and one address for the drop-off.  For the safety of your student, one day changes cannot be made.  Parents are encouraged to keep the daycare address close to home.  Frequent changes and short notice changes may not be possible.

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  • Can the pick-up and drop-off time change from day to day?

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    Bus routes vary according to the needs of each student who rides the bus.  Bus route times may also vary according to the attendance patterns of the students on the route.  Some students may attend only one or two days of the week, and this will affect pick-up and drop-off times.  Allow for a 5 minute window of time for pick-up and 15 minute window of time for drop-off times.

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  • If my student needs medications during the school day, can I send them to school with my student?

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    Medications should not be sent with a student on the bus, since they can easily become lost, misplaced or stolen.  If your student needs medication during the school day, please contact the School Health Office to make arrangements to drop off the medication at school.

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  • What are the school bus driver’s responsibilities?

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    School bus drivers are professional drivers with special training and Commercial Driver’s Licenses. They are responsible for the safe transportation of the students and to keep on schedule.  The bus driver is responsible for insuring all child restraints are secured appropriately before the bus departs and to report any student concerns to the student’s special education teacher.

    On rare occasions a bus assistant may be needed.  The bus assistant works with the driver to be sure the students are safe on the bus.   They may assist in securing seat belts, wheelchair restraints, necessary supports, etc.  The assistant may maintain discipline, see that students stay in their seats, and report problems to the school. They seek emergency medical help when needed. 

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  • Can a bus driver or assistant come to the door to pick-up and drop-off a student?

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    Bus drivers and assistants can only work with students in the area in and around the bus. They cannot assist a student beyond the curb.

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  • What are the parents’ responsibilities at drop-off time?

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    For students needing supervision, be ready to meet the bus 15 minutes before the designated time.  Students in Early Childhood and Kindergarten must be met at the bus door by a parent or responsible person at the drop-off time.  Since this is a safety issue, there are no exceptions allowed.  The emergency information should address the level of independence for children grades Pre-K through graduation.

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  • The school bus safety rules are:

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     - Be on time

    - Always sit down

    - Buckle seat belt and face forward

    - Speak quietly

    - Follow the directions of driver and/or assistant

    - No eating or drinking on bus

    - No fighting

    Following these rules is very important for the safety of your student and others who ride the bus to and from school.

    If a student does not conduct appropriate behavior on the bus, the driver will write up an incident report which will be shared with the appropriate staff.

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  • Why must the parent provide emergency information?

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    State Board of Education rules require that the bus driver have emergency and health information in the bus for each student.  Parents must provide this information. The information must be updated by parents or guardians if the student’s needs or program changes during the school year.  The information is required before the student can ride the bus.

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  • If my student misses the bus, can it come back?

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    The driver cannot come back because of commitments at other bus stops and other schools.  Transport your student to school as quickly as possible.

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  • What are the parents’ responsibilities at pick-up time?

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    Have your student fully clothed, toileted and ready for the bus 5 minutes before pick-up time. Tight routing does not allow time for buses to wait or blow the horn.  Accompany your student to the bus. 

    If your student will not be riding on any given day, call at least 1 hour before pick-up time so the bus driver can by-pass your stop.  If a driver makes a stop for three days in a row and the student doesn’t show up, the stop may be dropped from the route.  That is why it is important to notify the bus company if your student will not be riding.  Notify the district in advance if your address, phone number or daycare assignments change.  If your student will be out of school and not riding the bus for more than 3 days, you should notify the district.

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  • What if my student becomes ill at school?

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    If your student becomes ill at school, or for some other reason cannot be transported by bus, you will be expected to transport your student.

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Bus Company Information

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