All Students Transportation
All students (Public and Non-Public/Charter) are required to register for transportation annually.
Public school students transportation registration is included as part of the required on-line annual student information update process through Infinite Campus. Any transportation changes that occur throughout the school year should be requested through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Non-public and charter school students must register for transportation annually by using the Non-Public/Charter School Registration/Change Form. All changes to non-public or charter school transportation during the year must be requested using this form.
- The District provides transportation for students from home to school and school to home.
- This may include morning daycare pickups and afternoon daycare drop offs. These must be consistent everyday and must be within the student's attendance area boundary.
- This may include accommodations for students with two homes.
- Students are only allowed to ride the bus to which they are assigned.
- The Winona Area Public Schools Board of Education operates a two-tier bus system which means that many buses will be assigned to double routes. Buses will pick up students for elementary and other schools on an early tier. Then once finished with those routes, proceed to their second tier of middle school and high schools to deliver those students to school using the same bus resource and driver. The result of structuring a transportation system this way is to optimize bus and driver utilization, thus reducing the number of buses required to transport students to school. Because fewer buses and drivers are needed, this directly translates into cost savings for the district.
- Buses are full and have little room for variations in student passengers.
- Buses need to keep as close to their schedule as possible. Please be ready at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
- Written notes from home and given to the bus driver is not acceptable. To safely process these alternate transportation requests, all requests need to be completed using the registration process listed above. Requested changes will be processed within 2-3 days. This ensures the safety of our passengers by allowing adequate time to communicate any changes to the bus company and drivers.
ACCOMMODATIONS WILL NOT BE MADE FOR:
- Birthday Parties
- Appointments (dental/medical/hair/etc.)
- After School (Non-School) Activities (bowling, adventure club, piano lessons, religion)
Winona Area Public Schools have established elementary school attendance boundaries. Students attending W-K, Jefferson, or Goodview must live more than one mile from school and live or attend daycare in their respective attendance area.
The district does not transport students to households or daycare outside of the attendance areas for these schools. Students are allowed ONE pick up and ONE drop off location which must be the same every day (except if listed in an IEP or other legal court documents). To find your school of attendance, please click on the "Attendance Boundaries" link on the menu bar located in the right hand column above or call the transportation office at 494-0810 with any questions.
Students attending non-public, charter or Rios Spanish Immersion are allowed transportation across attendance area boundaries, but are still allowed only ONE pick up and ONE drop off location which must be the same every day. Exceptions may be granted if listed in an IEP or other legal court documents.
- How far must children live from school before the school district is required to transport them?
- Must a school district transport children who live less than 2 miles from school if there is a hazard between the home and the school?
- Who determines what conditions are extraordinary traffic, drug or crime hazards?
- How does the district measure the distance between a child’s home and the school?
- How far can a school district require a child to walk to a bus stop?
- Is there a law or rule that limits the amount of time a child can spend on the school bus?
- Can my child lose his/her bus riding privileges?
- Will my child receive school bus safety training at school?
- Are there any laws and rules that limit the passenger seating on a school bus?
- I want my child to be transported based on a daycare. Does the district have to provide transportation?
- I would like my child to ride the bus home with a friend. How can I arrange this?
- My child doesn’t qualify for busing. Can I pay for transportation?
No. A school district may transport children who would encounter an extraordinary traffic, drug, or crime hazard if they walked, but the school district is not required to provide transportation. In Winona, the district provides adult crossing guards at the schools and does bus for a limited amount of hazardous conditions, due to extraordinary traffic hazards, as defined by the school board.
There is nothing in law or rule about the distance between the child’s home and the bus stop. This is true for all grade levels. In Winona, student’s living in cul-de-sac are expected to walk out to the intersection. The only exception would be for a special education student. It is not uncommon for students to have to walk up to 3 blocks to a bus stop. Visibility of a bus stop from the child’s home is not a deciding factor for bus stops. Most bus stops are at intersections.
There is nothing in state law or rule that set a maximum amount of time a child can spend on the school bus. Local school districts may adopt a maximum time in their school board’s transportation policy. In Winona, our goal is to keep rides as close to one hour as possible, but students in outlying areas do have rides longer than one hour.
Yes. In Minnesota, riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Each local school district has adopted rules of conduct for waiting at the bus stop and for riding the school bus. If your child does not follow the rules, your child could lose his/her bus riding privileges for the entire school year. Bus drivers identify student misconduct and the bus company submits written discipline reports to the student’s school. It is the responsibility of the administrator of the school, or a designee, to decide the consequence of misbehavior.
Yes. The number of children on the school bus cannot be more than the number of passengers that can be fully seated. The seating capacity must be adjusted according to each passenger’s physical size but cannot be more than the manufacturer’s rated seating capacity for the bus. No child is allowed to stand while the bus is in motion.
The district will provide transportation to and from a daycare as long as the daycare address meets the same requirements as your home address. The daycare must be in the attendance area of the school attending and meet the distance requirements. Additionally, transportation to and from daycare must be consistent meaning that the pick up and drop off point must be the same every day.
Students are to ride their assigned bus only due to space issues and student tracking. If you are called out of town on an emergency, temporary arrangements may be scheduled by calling the district transportation office at (507) 494-0810. Signed notes given to the bus driver from parents are not acceptable.
First Student is the pupil transportation contractor for Winona Area Public Schools.
Please contact them with any bus concerns or to locate lost and found items.
Location Manager Kelly Anderson
1160 Frontenac Drive
Winona MN 55987