See Policy R 4.5: Transportation

Transportation Eligibility

Elementary students (kindergarten through grade five) living half of a mile or further from school are eligible for bus service, as are middle school and high school students (grades 6-12) living one mile or more from school.

Registering for Transportation

If your child will be attending Stillwater Area High School or any of the private/charter schools within our district that offer transportation, you will need to register for transportation if you want your child to ride a bus.

Students attending district elementary schools and the two middle schools will automatically be scheduled for bus service if they are eligible. If your student doesn’t need bus service, please complete the Decline Transportation form

Bus Stop Criteria

Routes are arranged according to safety, efficiency, and geographic area as much as possible.

Generally, the policy states:

  • There will be no bus stops established within one-half mile of the assigned school.
  • There will be no bus stops established that require a student to walk further than one-half mile.
  • Bus stops are located at intersections.
  • No more than 10-15 students are assigned to a bus stop.
  • Buses will not be routed down cul-de-sacs for bus stops except to transport special education students.
  • A bus stop may be dropped if, after 10 consecutive days, no student has utilized the stop. 

Bus Safety Rules

All students who ride a bus are subject to rules and regulations set forth by the State of Minnesota and the district’s school board. A violation of those rules may result, depending on frequency and severity, in suspension of bus riding privileges. The school bus is considered to be an extension of the classroom.

  • Be on time to your bus stop
  • Board and depart the bus safely
  • Follow the bus driver’s instructions
  • Respect property of others
  • Keep hands, legs and belongings to yourself
  • Use appropriate language
  • Remain seated
  • Do not eat or drink

If a student misbehaves, the driver has several options available. A driver may pull the bus over, give a verbal warning, assign seating, write a conduct report, or a combination of all of these. Any notification of discipline will come from your school. Drivers only generate reports, they are not responsible for deciding what the outcome of those reports will be. Schools have a principal or assistant principal in charge of student conduct forms and bus discipline.