Transportation FAQ

Last updated 9/14/16

How are the bus routes designed?
Bus routes and stops are designed with consideration of safety, efficiency, least cost and ride times. Bus routes are designed to travel main roads through neighborhoods and utilize street corners, walkpaths and mailbox shelters for pick-up/drop-off points.

Why are bus stops usually established at corners or intersections?
There are several reasons for this:


Why won't the bus come into our cul-de-sac?
Once again, there are several reasons for this:


How long will my student be on the bus?
It depends on the school your student attends. Most routes average 35 minutes or less. However, because a large part of our district is still rural, and the schools are not centrally located, some routes do run closer to 60 minutes.


If my student is the first on in the morning, will he/she be the first off in the afternoon?
Not necessarily. Routes are designed both in a "circular" style (same route in the morning and afternoon) or "straight line" style (farthest point to closest point, reverse in the afternoon.) While we would like to say the first on in the morning is the first off in the afternoon, we need to design the bus routes to be as efficient as possible.


What if I would like my student's bus stop changed?
The Transportation is happy to consider your request. However, most bus stops are established for a reason, and will not be changed. Very rarely will we consider house stops in suburban neighborhoods. It is not possible to provide bus stops that are within sight of all student homes or daycares. Most families that live even one house from the corner cannot see the corner bus stop without coming out of their homes. We encourage parents to be out at bus stops to promote proper pedestrian and bus stop behavior.


Why can't the bus stop at my house? It drives right by us?
Each time a bus enters a neighborhood, it's likely to pass by one or more of the student's houses as it approaches a bus stop. Stopping at individual houses would be inefficient and increases the possibility of driver's missing bus stops. Bus stops are established to service as many students as possible, and to be consistent from year to year.


Why does my child have to walk to school?
The School District has established walking distances to schools for each grade level. No bussing zones have been created for each school using these parameters. At this time, hazardous road situations are identified in each zone. The current parameters are:


How is the distance to school determined?
The Transportation Department has a computerized mapping system that determines the distance to school for each student. If there is a question, a Transportation Staff member will walk the distance with a measuring device to verify the measurement. The distance is calculated from the center of the street in front of the residence driveway to safest, most direct point that the student will enter the school's campus. The measurement does not include the resident's personal property, nor the schools property.


My student needs to be picked up or dropped off at a daycare. What do I do?
You will need to fill out an Alternate Address form and submit it to the Transportation Office. The form is available at each school, or can be found on our website. Once the form is submitted, it usually takes 2-3 days before the change goes into effect, so please don't wait until the last minute. This form must be filled out each year, it does not carry over. This is also the form that should be used for shared custody circumstances, and should be filled out by both parents.


Why does my High School Student have to register for bussing?
To be as efficient as possible, we require the students attending Chaska, Chanhassen, and Holy Family High Schools and Integrated Arts Academy to register for bussing. This allows us to create routes that truly serve the students who need bussing. Many high school students do not ride the bus due to their own personal schedules or preferences. A student may register for bussing at any time, and we will start service as soon as possible, normally within 2 days or receiving the registration form.

Can my parochial/charter school student have access to MyStop?
MyStop is available only to families with a student enrolled in Eastern Carver County Schools.

The Eastern Carver County Schools’ Transportation Department provides bus service to all public, parochial and charter schools within district boundaries. The district is reimbursed by the state for the cost of this transportation. Offering MyStop to families requires administrative and technology support – costs that were absorbed by Eastern Carver County Schools’ staff in order to offer MyStop to our public schools. Eastern Carver County Schools does not provide technology support for the seven parochial and charter schools in its boundaries and, therefore, cannot support MyStop for these schools. This expense would need to be covered by the parochial and charter schools.