Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to sign up my child for bus service?

    Families that wish to have bus service will be requried to sign students up annually.

    Bus service will be limited to:

    • Elementary school students who live approximately more than .5 miles from a school
    • Middle and high school students who live approximately more than 1 mile from school
    • Considerations will be made when there are no safe walk-to-school zones

    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 school year are created using information submitted to the Transportation department via Lindbergh's Infinite Campus Student Information System. 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:
      • Approximately 1/2 mile for elementary students
      • Approximately 1 mile for secondary students
    • 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.
    • Neighborhoods without through streets are typically avoided because they lack connectivity and direct routes, leading to inefficient navigation and potential delays.

    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. Residency is verified by the district registrar. 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 transportation boundaries.

    To make a request please submit the  Change of Transportation form.  Do not submit transportation change requests to the bus driver. Permanent address changes must be submitted to the district registrar.  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. A two-week notice before the address changes is preferred.

    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 complete this Change of Transportation Form.

    Are there any other options for before and after school care?

    Our Flyers Club before and after school care program provides students in grades K-5 with fun, safe and engaging activities during the hours before and after school. Programs are located at all six elementary schools, providing familiar and convenient settings for students and families.

    How many students can be transported on a school bus? 

    The operator of a school bus can transport no more children than the manufacturer suggests. Lindbergh students are transported on two types of buses one has a manufacturer suggested capacity of 84 students and the other 71 students. However, we set a desired capacity rate that is both efficient and comfortable for students. 

    • An 84 passenger bus has 28 seats. Our desired capacity is 56 elementary students and 70 secondary students. 
    • A 71 passenger bus has 24 seats. Our desired capacity is 48 elementary students and 60 secondary students. 

    When possible the first row is left empty to assist with student management and exception riders. 

    Are Kindergarten students allowed to get off the bus alone? 

    Lindbergh Schools requires that a parent or caregiver be at the bus stop to meet their kindergarten students. 

    Will students be able to have a friend ride the bus home with them for play dates or other social activities? 

    Only in emergency situations will we consider allowing a guest rider. Bus routes are carefully planned to ensure efficient and safe transportation for all students.  Allowing guest riders could potentially compromise the safety measures in place, making it harder for drivers and school staff to monitor and account for everyone on the bus.

    What items are not allowed on the bus? 

    Anything large enough to obstruct pathways to emergency exits or inhibit visibility should not be brought onto the bus; example balloons or large projects. Food that could cause an allergic reaction should be kept in lunchboxes or backpacks.