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Bus Stop and Routing Criteria

Bus Stop & Routing Criteria (applies to all riders):

  • Preschool transportation, including Creative Play and Great Start programs, follow the same below criteria for bus stops and routing as elementary schools.
  • Alley stops are prohibited in the Robbinsdale School District.
  • Buses will not travel into cul-de-sacs, dead-end streets or other areas where they cannot safely maneuver. Most private roads are also excluded (i.e. apartment complexes and home associations). These roads are typically not built to the same standard of a public road. Issues such as vehicle weight, road width, congestion, snow clearing, etc., prevent their use. An exception to this may be a bus that is transporting students with disabilities through our special education routes. All students, regardless of age or grade, who reside in these areas will need to walk to their assigned bus stop.
  • Bus Passes:  In order for the district transportation to be able to know what students are riding on the bus and for the safety of the students, bus passes will no longer be issued from the school administration except in cases of emergency. Bus passes for students to ride on buses that are not their assigned bus, or to get on or off of buses at stops other than their assigned stops, will not be issued except in cases of emergency.
  • Availability of sidewalks is not part of the criteria used in establishing bus stops. Much of the Robbinsdale Area Schools district attendance area was designed without sidewalks.
  • Buses drive by many students’ homes every day. The bus driving by doesn’t warrant adding/changing a bus stop.
  • Visibility from the home to the bus stop is not part of our criteria for establishing bus stops. Bus stops are collection points for students in neighborhoods. Statistically, bus stops are safer at the corner than in front of your home. Many student injuries involving school buses have occurred at house stops when the student forgets the bus safety rules due to home distractions. Also, we transport thousands of students each day. House stops are not only less safe, they are simply not practical for typical busing operations. Again, our special education routes would be the exception. If a parent/guardian is concerned about watching their child at the stop, they will need to walk with them and supervise them at the bus stop. We strongly encourage parents and families to arrange for an adult to be at the bus stop whenever students are present.
  • In order to be consistent and fair in placement of bus stops, we cannot establish stops based on personal circumstances such as employment, daycare, siblings or medical circumstances of another family member.
  • Your child's daycare must be within the attendance area of the school he/she is attending in order to be eligible for busing.  For those families whose children attend before- or after-school care at the YMCA on 42nd Avenue, busing will be available for Sonnesyn, RSIS,  SEA and FAIR Crystal only (RSIS, SEA and FAIR Crystal have district-wide attendance areas).  There will not be busing to Forest or Zachary Lane Elementary from that YMCA location.
  • After 10 consecutive no-show days at a bus stop, students will no longer be routed to that stop unless they provide prior notice of temporary discontinued use of the stop. This prior notice can be provided through the Stop Change Request Form or by notifying your school secretary. 

If you have a request  to change your child's bus stop, and that request meets all criteria above, please click here for the Bus Stop Change Request Form.