Transportation Information & Guidelines

  • Regular Transportation

    • Elementary students must live one mile or more from the school within their attendance area to be eligible for District-provided transportation between home and school.
    • Secondary students must live 1.5 miles or more from the school within their attendance area to be eligible for District-provided transportation between home and school.
    • Elementary and secondary students living on Concord Street are eligible for District-provided transportation between home and school as a result of Concord Street being deemed hazardous due to high traffic volumes and the types of vehicles.
    • Elementary students attending Kaposia Education Center and living north of Interstate 494 are eligible for District-provided transportation between home and school as a result of Interstate 494, and the bridges on 5th Avenue South and 7th Avenue South over Interstate 494, being deemed hazardous due to high traffic volumes.
    • Distance is measured from the primary home address to the school, using the most direct route on public roadways and/or walkways. 
    • Elementary transportation to a day care address will be provided only if the day care address is one mile or more from the student’s school, or in a designated hazard area, and within the attendance area of the school. A Request for Transportation to Day Care Address form must be completed and returned to the District Office before a bus pass will be issued. The day care address will be considered the primary address for transportation purposes, and will be the pick-up and drop-off location.
    • Bus stops will be established by District Administration, along with the transportation company, and will be located no more than one-quarter mile from a student’s home address. Locations that could potentially compromise student safety shall be reviewed and may be deemed as hazardous solely by District Administration. 
    • Bus routes will not enter public cul-de-sacs or dead-end roads with less than a 100-foot turning radius.
    • Once bus routes have been established, requests for transportation changes (temporary and/or permanent) may take up to 72 hours to schedule upon approval by District Administration.
    • Students who do not attend the elementary school within their attendance boundary are not eligible for District-provided transportation, even though their address is beyond one mile from the school they are attending. If your address is out of the elementary attendance boundaries, Safeway will try to accommodate these routes; however Safeway has the right to decline a Pay-To-Ride Transportation Agreement that crosses the elementary school attendance boundaries. 
    • A bus pass is required to board the bus. This pass will be a postcard that is mailed to your home in August. There is a $5 replacement fee for each lost bus pass. Students must keep this pass in their backpacks, it will be required to board the school bus. 
    • Friends of bus riders may not ride the bus, even with written permission from a parent or guardian.
    • Students assigned to a regular transportation route may not ride a Special Education bus.


    Non-Public Schools

    • South St. Paul Public Schools will provide transportation for non-public school students on the same basis it provides for the public school students. 
    • Students who do not attend the elementary school in their attendance boundary will not be eligible for District-provided transportation, even though their address is beyond one mile from the school they are attending. Pay-to-ride transportation will be available to those students. If your address is out of the elementary attendance boundaries, Safeway will try to accommodate these routes; however Safeway has the right to decline a Pay-To-Ride Transportation Agreement that crosses the elementary school attendance boundaries.
    • Elementary students attending Holy Trinity and living south of Interstate 494 are eligible for District-provided transportation between home and school as a result of Interstate 494, and the bridges on 5th Avenue South and 7th Avenue South over the Interstate 494, being deemed hazardous due to high traffic volumes.


    Pay-To-Ride

    • Safe-Way Bus will offer pay-to-ride transportation for those students who are not eligible for District-provided transportation.
    • Students who opt to pay for transportation later in the school year will still be obligated to pay the entire amount of the pay-to-ride program. The cost will not be pro-rated.
    • Students who are new to the District during the school year, and are not eligible for District-provided transportation, may participate in the pay-to-ride program at a pro-rated cost to be determined by Safe-Way Bus. 
    • Bus stop location may exceed a quarter-mile from the home address in order to be incorporated into the regular route.


    Special Education

    • Appropriate transportation accommodations will be provided for students with special needs when specified and written into the IEP (Individual Education Plan) or 504 Accommodation Plan.