Transportation FAQ's

1. The bus drives right past my house. Why can't it stop at my house?

ANSWER:  A high frequency of stops makes the motoring public impatient. This results in people driving around the bus, a dangerous situation. It also delays the bus by increasing the number of stops and makes the student ride time longer. Centralized stops within a housing development help minimize these issues.

2. We live on a cul-de-sac. Will the bus come down our street?

ANSWER:  Except for special education circumstances, buses are generally not routed into a cul-de-sac. Cul-de-sac stops are considered unwise for the following reasons: 1. Cul-de-sac stops create blind spots often causing students to enter or exit in a danger zone around the bus (at a corner stop or street curb stop, they enter/exit outside the danger zone). 2. Different styles and sizes of buses make maneuvering in cul-de-sac difficult. 3. The rear of the bus has potential to swing around close to the sidewalk. 4. Parked cars and other obstacles create road hazards that may not be seen until entering the cul-de-sac and at a point of no return. 5. Property damage to mailboxes and landscaping.

3. How do I change my student's bus route?

ANSWER:  Each student is allowed one AM and one PM stop within our district. Your child is automatically assigned according to your home address. If alternate sites are needed (daycare, etc.) you must fill out the Alternate Site Transportation Request Form found on the DGF website. Requests will only be honored if the form is completed, signed, and returned by the parent/guardian to our office. Forms can be mailed, faxed (218-477-6808) or emailed to imunter@dgf.k12.mn.us. Please allow 3 working days for the changes to be considered. If transportation is no longer needed, please fill out the Alternate Site Transportation Request Form and we will gladly remove your child from the bus roster.  It is extremely important to us that you fill out the form so that we can track who is riding each bus and keep safety as our #1 priority.

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