About Transportation

   



The goal of the Duluth Public Schools Transportation Department is to provide safe, comfortable and efficient service to our young riders. To accomplish these goals, we count on the support of  schools, students and parents. 

Here's some basic information and answers to a few frequently asked questions about our services.   




Transportation service to Duluth students is provided through a combination of school district owned buses and contracted service with Voyageur Bus Company. Specific questions can be addressed by calling one of the following numbers:

Duluth Public School's Transportation Office: 218-336-8970
Voyageur Bus Company: 218-724-1707


How will I know which bus my child takes?
   Busing information is available from your school by the end of August. Questions about routes and stops can be answered by calling your school, or the Transportation Office at 218-336-8970.

How are bus stops determined and established?
   Bus stops are established at suitable places based on guidelines developed by the School Board. Transportation services are provided based on distance guidelines established by the School Board. The district provides transportation to:
  • Elementary students who live seven-tenths of a mile or more from school
  • Middle School students who live one and one-half miles or more from school
  • High school students who live two or more miles from school.

   We suggest that parents with a student first entering middle school or high school check with their school or the Transportation Office to see how their transportation eligibility has changed.

   Transportation is also provided in certain areas recognized as hazardous by the School Board.

   Concerns regarding eligibility and the location of bus stops should be put in writing to the Transportation Office, 3200 W. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55806.

Can I have my child picked up and or dropped off at a daycare?
   Yes, district policy allows transportation to and from daycare sites. The daycare must be within the attendance area of the school your child attends. Pick up and drop off addresses may be different from each other but must remain consistent five days per week. For safety reasons, the district will not make one-day or short-term changes in bus stops.

What can I do to ensure a safe, comfortable bus ride?

  1. Arrange for your child to be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick up time. 
  2. Help your child learn his or her route number(s).
  3. Teach your children about the DANGER ZONE. The DANGER ZONE is the area ten feet around the bus. This is the area where most accidents occur.
  4. Arrange for first time and young riders to be accompanied to and from the bus stop the first few days of school.
  5. Understand that bus pick-up and drop-off times are based on existing weather and road conditions.  Inclement weather, traffic congestion, road construction, and demographic changes can cause minor adjustments to route times.  Attempts will be made to notify parents about major adjustments in bus schedules that may affect their child.  If the bus is more than ten minutes late, direct your child to return home. Call the Transportation Office.
  6. Help your children learn and understand the School Bus Rules.

School Bus Rules:

  1. Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
  2. Sit in your own seat facing forward.
  3. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
  4. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
  5. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
  6. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
  7. Do not throw any object.
  8. No eating, drinking or use of tobacco or drugs.
  9. Do not bring any weapon or dangerous objects on the school bus.
  10. Do not damage the school bus.

   Riding the bus to school is a privilege, not a right. MN 121a.59
"Transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right for an eligible student. A student's eligibility to ride a school bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or conduct policies, or for violation of any other law governing student conduct on a school bus, pursuant to written school discipline policy."

Consequences
   Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct apply to all routes. Decisions regarding a student's ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extra-curricular events (i.e., field trips or competitions) will be the sole discretion of the School District. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges. 

This is a general guideline and, based on severity of offense, may further restrict student’s privilege of riding the bus.

Assigned seating may be used at the full discretion of the driver or school administration.  Refusal to comply may result in immediate loss of riding privileges.

1st offense . . . . . Verbal Warning to student by driver
2nd offense . . . . Written Warning to student and parent/guardian from driver and school administration. 
3rd offense . . . . .Up to 5 days Suspension from riding the bus
4th offense . . ......Up to 10 days Suspension from riding the bus.
Further offenses...Individually considered.  Students may be suspended for longer periods up to and including the remainder of the school year.  

   The majority of our student riders follow the rules and help make the experience enjoyable
for everyone. Parental support of School Bus Rules helps us ensure a safe, comfortable ride every day, and throughout the school year.