Updated January 2021
As of January 19, 2021, riding capacity restrictions for K-5 are eliminated on school buses. There will be blocked seats at the front of the bus to maintain 6 feet of distance between the driver and all riders.
For grades 6-12 buses will continue to run at 50% capacity and follow the safety procedures outlined in the Procedures for Riding the Bus.
The below information pertains to all riders:
Students must be registered and approved to ride school buses
- Approved ridership will only be allowed to ride on their designated days.
- No bus passes will be issued for students to ride any other bus at this time.
- Seats will be assigned.
Students and families should perform a self-health screen before they attend school every day
- Parents need to perform a self-assessment health screening of their children before sending them to school. A symptom check should be done to ensure a student does not have a cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell.
- If your student has these symptoms, stay home; do not ride the bus.
At the Bus Stop
- Students and families should maintain a six-foot distance around all students while waiting at a bus stop.
- Avoid physical contact with other students at the bus stop.
- Be prepared to board and de-board the bus in an orderly fashion maintaining six feet social distancing.
Hygiene and safety on school buses
- All students should wash their hands prior to arriving at the school bus stop.
- All students will always be required to wear an approved face mask while aboard and riding a school bus per Executive Order 20-81.
Safety precautions that Minnetonka Public Schools will be taking this school year
- All buses will be sanitized with a long-lasting antiviral disinfectant twice a day, after the a.m. and p.m. route by our bus contractors.
- Roof ventilation hatches and bus windows will be partially opened to provide fresh air circulation when possible.
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All community members are part of the school bus safety team and can make an important difference in the safety of students as they board, ride and exit school buses.
Bus service is provided on a first come, first served basis. To ensure a bus pass will be processed and distributed prior to the start of school, registration must be completed by June 9.
NOTE: Bus stop locations may change at the District’s discretion based on bus registration and resident neighborhood needs. The same bus stop is not guaranteed from year to year.
Resident bus stop is MORE THAN two miles from the school
Minnesota state statute requires that school districts provide transportation—at no charge—for all resident students whose resident bus stop is more than two miles from the school they attend.
Resident bus stop is LESS THAN two miles from the school
The District assesses a bus transportation fee for students whose resident bus stop is less than two miles from the school they attend.
The annual transportation fee is $100 with a maximum cost per family of $250 per year. For convenience, families can make a $50 deposit per student against the total fee amount. With this option, the remaining balance is due by October 31.
The District does not provide additional buses for open-enrolled students; however, parents may sign up for an existing resident bus that their child can meet and ride. If the resident bus stop is less than two miles from the school, open-enrolled families will be assessed the bus transportation fee (see above).
Elementary and middle school bus assignments
- Elementary and middle school bus assignments will be mailed the end of August.
High school bus assignments
Buses are not currently available for Minnetonka High School.
The annual transportation fee is $100 with a maximum cost per family of $250 per year. You can make a $50 deposit per student against your total fee amount, with the remaining balance due by October 31.
If your household qualifies for the Free and Reduced Price School Lunch Program, please complete the Transportation Bus Registration Fee Form
If you are not the primary family and need alternate transportation, please complete the Annual Request for Daycare, Alternate, or Open Enrollment Transportation Form.
Open enrollment students who will use district busing must complete this form each year, indicating the bus stop within the district boundary that the student will use.
Working together for a safe and pleasant ride
It is the right of each student to be treated in a reasonable and respectful manner whether in school or on the school bus. When disruptions occur on the school bus they are usually related to student misbehavior. Issues may arise as a result of the actions of a single student, the interaction among several students or the interaction between students and their driver. We would like to deal with these misbehavior issues immediately, before they become a more serious problem or reach the level of harassment.
As a rule, school bus drivers correct or report misbehavior as soon as possible after it is observed. However, there may be times when behavior-related problems occur which are unpleasant for a student, but not readily evident to a driver.
Please do not hesitate to report (and encourage your child to report) incidents of harassment which may not have come to our attention through everyday communication.
As a part of your school transportation team, we are committed to the goal of providing a safe and pleasant ride for all students on a daily basis. Your cooperation is always appreciated in helping to achieve this goal.