Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to sign up my child for bus service?
Families will be required to sign up for bus service for each student.
Bus service will be limited to:
- Elementary school students who live more than .5 miles from a school
- Middle and high school students who live more than 1 mile from school
- Considerations will be made to create safe walk-to-school zones and avoid hazards
How does Lindbergh determine bus stop locations?
The Transportation department is diligent to consider all factors when preparing and updating school bus routes. The top priority is always the safety of students.
Bus routes developed for the first day of school are created using information submitted to the Transportation department via Lindbergh's SIS Portal. Bus routes are not always the same from year to year. It is common for bus routes to be adjusted after a new school year begins to accommodate new students, alleviate bus overcrowding or make routes more efficient.
By identifying students who use alternate transportation, we can reduce the number of buses we need and maximize ridership in a manner that is safe and comfortable for students. This will directly benefit students by creating significant savings that can be used for classroom instruction.
Other factors include:
- In areas where walking conditions are determined to be safe for students:
- Students will be picked up at centralized stops. This creates shorter route times for students and allows Lindbergh to run buses more efficiently.
- Bus stops shall be a minimum of 500 feet apart.
- Allowable distance to bus stop from home is:
- 1/2 mile for elementary students (2,640 feet without hazards)
- 1 mile for secondary students (5,280 feet without hazards)
- Buses are only routed down streets, roads and highways deemed safe and those which provide a sufficient and safe space where the bus can turn around.
- Stops are generally located at corners and intersections, where traffic naturally slows, creating a safe space for students to get on and off the bus. The designated area for the bus stop must be within a bus length to the corner, which is approximately 40 feet. For safety reasons, we avoid making house stops, mid-block stops and driving into cul-de-sacs.
- Cul-de-sacs are generally avoided, as a standard-size passenger bus requires a 115-foot radius to safely turn.
- Private roads are avoided because they may not be maintained reliably and require permission from the owners to travel them. The road must be wide enough for both the bus and oncoming traffic to safely pass each other at any point in the road and also to provide for safe visibility.
- No student shall be required to ride a bus longer than 50 minutes to or from school, except in extreme circumstances. Students who live farthest from their school will have longer rides.
- Adjustments are made to bus routes when an area and/or conditions are documented as unsafe or hazardous.
If I am new or move during the school year, how will I know what bus to ride?
Proof of residency is required before a student can be assigned to a bus route. Once residency is verified by the district registrar, new students will be informed by the district registrar of the nearest existing bus stop based upon the student’s reported home or transportation address. If there is no existing bus stop within the district’s bus stop guidelines, a new stop will be created. The creation of new stops takes approximately 3-5 school days for regular enrollment. Please allow up to 10 school days for bus stop assignments when enrolling in special education programs, which are coordinated by Special School District.
Stop requests are processed in the order in which they are received, with an emphasis on student safety. If a new stop has to be created and existing drop-off times are changed, three additional days may be required to ensure adequate communication to all families impacted by the changes. Families are responsible for transportation to and from school until a bus stop is established.
May I request a bus stop in front of my home?
It is impossible to locate a bus stop within sight of every home or child care provider. As a general policy, we locate bus stops at corner intersections where motorists expect that the bus will stop. For safety reasons, we avoid making house stops, mid-block stops and driving into cul-de-sacs. Parents, guardians and child care providers are responsible for ensuring their student arrives and departs safely to and from the bus stop. School bus drivers do not have the authority to change bus routes or student stops.
May I request a stop other than my student’s legal place of residence?
An address located within district boundaries is required before a student can be assigned to a bus route. Students may be assigned to fixed alternate routes based on (1) a child care provider or (2) a relative’s home address. The alternate address MUST be within student’s school sending zone boundaries or located on an established bus route within school sending zone boundaries.
For the safety and welfare of all students, transportation change request forms must be submitted through the Change of Transportation Form. Please do not submit transportation change requests to the bus driver. Student address changes must be submitted to the district registrar. A two-week notice before the address changes is preferred. Address changes cannot be scheduled until the transportation department receives an updated student record, which will include the new transportation address and school assignment, if applicable. The transportation department does not have the ability to make address changes.
Can my student be dropped from a school bus roster?
Yes. In accordance with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), all school districts must maintain accurate, active bus ridership rosters. DESE defines an active rider as a student who rides at least one time a week. Based on this definition, the district will remove a student who does not meet the requirements of an active rider. If a student is not at the assigned stop for 10 consecutive school days, the transportation director will contact the student's family to place the student on the inactive rider list. If your student is inactive and plans to begin actively riding the bus, please contact your student's school office to have their status changed.