Busing & Transportation

BUSING & TRANSPORTATION

SHPA is pleased to offer bus transportation to all eligible students within our geographic transportation plan.

SHPA is pleased to offer bus transportation to all eligible students within our geographic transportation plan.

New and returning students needing to ride the bus to and from school must register every school year to use our transportation service.  Forms will be available June 15 through July 15, 2018.  Forms are required for each student.  Families who submit forms after the deadline should plan to make transportation arrangements the first 3 weeks of school and we will try to accommodate your request by Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

We remind all families that riding the bus is a privilege. Poor student behavior on the bus poses dangers to all children by distracting the driver from the task of safely transporting children to and from school. To that end, SHPA has strict bus procedures that all students must follow. Both parents and students are asked to sign a covenant to abide by these rules, which is kept on file in the school office. This is found in the Parent/Student handbook. Students sit in assigned seats on the bus and are expected to share seating space with other students. Seating charts are issued to assist the driver to identify every student. Bus misbehavior issues are addressed as they arise by involving both parents and students in resolving problems.

Parents wishing to transport their children to and from school by car are welcome to do so.  Please review this policy as found in our Parent-Student Handbook.

 

School contacts for questions:
Richfield campus: Monica Wood – mwood@shpamn.org
Bloomington campus: Barb Mattson – bmattson@shpamn.org

Should you need assistance from the Bloomington Campus transportation department after hours, please call (763) 244-7732.

Bus Company Contacts for questions or emergencies:

FourPointO Bus Company (Richfield Campus Busing): 952-835-1019

2018 – 2019 BUS TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES AND OUT OF DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION RATES

The following is an outline of SHPA’s bus service transportation guidelines. These guidelines assist the school in planning and implementation of safe, efficient, and convenient bus routes for our families.  For the 2018 – 2019 school year the annual fee for transportation service is $250 per child and a $500 cap per family, with eligible families charged on a sliding scale.  This fee is non-refundable.  Busing comprises a significant portion of our operating budget and we are pleased to provide quality service at a reasonable cost.
The bus transportation fee is applicable to all families who meet any of the following criteria:
1) Do not live in either Bloomington or Richfield (e.g., reside in Burnsville, Minneapolis, Edina, etc.)
2) Do not attend campus of the city in which they live (i.e., live in Bloomington, but attend the Richfield campus or vice-versa; families with children at both campuses are eligible to use the transition bus*
3) Live fewer than two miles from the campus they attend (please see MDE FAQ sheet linked below)*Transports middle school students with elementary siblings at Bloomington to Richfield and back

In order to be placed on a bus route and guaranteed service at the start of the 2018-19 school year, all families (new and returning), must complete an online bus application form during the enrollment period from June 15th- July 15th.  All families must make an online payment during the application enrollment period and pay any outstanding balance they may have from the 2017-18 school year at that time.  Late registrants will not receive a stop until third week of the school year after initial routes have been successfully established. Single change requests may be submitted to the transportation coordinators by October 12th and changes to route stops or times will be considered only for potential safety concerns and not for convenience in timing or location.

Busing Facts and Timeline
– We have 17 buses that transport more than 600 students from 500 families each school day
– Safety will always be the first and foremost objective of our bus transportation service
– The goal for route times will be approximately one hour, weather and traffic permitting
– K – 8th grade students who do not live in Bloomington or Richfield will be serviced by hub stops
– Bloomington/Richfield Kindergarten students will receive stops at the corner of their street
– Bloomington/Richfield 1st-5th grade students will have stops approximately 4 blocks from their house
– Bloomington/Richfield 6-8th grade students will have stops approximately 6 blocks from their house
– Parents of K-5th grade students are expected to be present at the bus stop for pickup/drop-off
– Students must be registered to ride the bus and receive only one a.m. and one p.m. stop
– Bus drivers are entrusted with the responsibility of managing and referring student behavior
– Each campuses bus service may differ in some respects based upon contracts and providers
– Students are only allowed to ride the bus to which they have been assigned (NO EXCEPTIONS)

 June 15 : Bussing application window opens up and building of initial routes begins
 July 15 : Bus Application Deadline
 August 15 : Final routes will be published
 October 12 : Change Request Deadline
For additional information, please reference the MDE FAQ Sheet or the following district boundary map: http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/maps/SchoolDistricts/   If you have further questions, contact:

Barb Mattson (Bloomington Campus) at bmattson@shpamn.org

Monica Wood (Richfield Campus) at mwood@shpamn.org

Busing is a privilege, not a right, and we work hard in cooperation with our transportation partners to provide quality service at an affordable rate to our families!


Busing Application and Change of Address Form

For those seeking bus transportation for their children to school, all families, new and returning, must complete a bus registration form for each student attending SHPA. Forms are available June 15 through July 15, 2018. Please use the comments field on the form for additional information. Any forms submitted after the deadline should make alternative arrangements the first 3 weeks of school and we will work with the bus company to have your request in place by Sept. 25, 2018.

Please note that there are separate forms for each of our two school buildings; be sure to fill out the correct form for the correct building.

  • Please fill out a bus application if there are any changes to: address, new daycare or change in frequency (days of the week).
  • Please call the appropriate contact person if you are signed up for busing and are no longer using it.  It helps expedite busing, especially the morning routes.
  • SHPA buses students from the public school districts of Bloomington, Richfield, Burnsville & S. Mpls.
  • Applications are only accepted electronically.
  • After submission of the form, you will see “Thank you” at the top of the page. That ensures the form was submitted properly.

Bloomington Campus Busing Application

Richfield Campus Busing Application

Once you have completed your Busing Application, please Click Here to pay the busing fee.


Transportation Information and Downloads

Pick-up and drop off procedures for both campuses and the Bloomington transition bus will be posted closer to the school year. The  Transition Bus will continue to pick up at Door 11 at the Bloomington Campus and is only intended for families with students at both the Bloomington and Richfield Campuses.

For those seeking bus transportation for their children to school, all new families or families with a change of address must complete a bus registration form for each student attending SHPA. Forms are available June 15 through July 15, 2016. Please use the comments field on the form for additional information. Any forms submitted after the deadline should make alternative arrangements the first 2 weeks of school and we will work with the bus company to have your request in place by Sept. 19, 2016.

Please note that there are separate forms for each of our two school buildings; be sure to fill out the correct form for the correct building.

  • Please fill out a bus application if there are any changes to: address, new daycare or change in frequency (days of the week).
  • Please call the appropriate contact person if you are signed up for busing and are no longer using it.  It helps expedite busing, especially the morning routes.
  • SHPA buses students from the public school districts of Bloomington, Richfield, Burnsville & S. Mpls.
  • Applications are only accepted electronically.
  • After submission of the form, you will see “Thank you” at the top of the page. That ensures the form was submitted properly.

Pick-up and drop off procedures for the Richfield Campus and the Bloomington transition bus.