The Eden Prairie School District is pleased to offer safe, dependable, cost-effective transportation. In accordance with state law, a bus is available to any student living further than two miles from their school and to any special education student regardless of where they live if it is part of their individual education plan. For all students who live two miles or fewer from school, bus transportation is available for a fee.
Activity buses for EPHS
An after-school activities bus is provided on a limited basis for students in grades 9-12. EPHS students are required to carry a student ID and show it to the driver if requested. Four bus routes are provided Monday-Thursday. Route maps are posted at EPHS. Students may have a longer ride and be dropped further from home than their normal bus stop.
The bus assignment process is as follows:
- May – Transportation Commitment Letters are mailed to families.
- June – Transportation Commitment Forms and payment are due. Families inform the district of how their student(s) will be getting to school the following year so the district can plan appropriately for bus routes and pedestrian and vehicle traffic at each school. Pay-to-Ride payment is due by date on form.
- End of August – Student Bus Route Information cards (bus number, stop locations, pick-up and drop-off times) will be mailed to all students (including those who have requested and paid in full for transportation).
Riding a Different Bus Home
Students may ride a different bus to or from school on a space available basis.
Rules and Consequences
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.
- Follow the driver’s instructions.
- Remain seated until the bus arrives at your stop.
- Speak in a quiet voice.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Don’t throw objects in the bus or out the window.
- Don’t use profanity (words or gestures).
- Do not tease or harass others.
- Do not spit, eat, drink, or chew gum on regularly scheduled a.m. and p.m. bus routes.
- Do not vandalize the bus.
Grades 7-12 Consequences (listed in order of severity)
- Warning given, may be assigned discipline seat—may involve school consequences
- One- to three-day bus suspension
- Five-day bus suspension, conference with student, parent, school, driver, and Transportation Department
- Ten-day bus suspension
- Loss of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year. There will be no mid-year forgiveness period for students in grades 7-12.
Severe behavior moves immediately to step 3, 4, or 5 at the administrator’s discretion based on the severity of the action and/or previous bus violations. School Student Management Guidelines may also be enforced when appropriate.
Rules at the Bus Stop
- Stay away from the street, road, or highway when waiting for the bus. Line up at least three feet away from the street in an orderly fashion and wait until the bus stops before boarding.
- Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop. Do not pick flowers or shrubs, throw stones, snowballs, litter, etc.
- Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.
- Do not use offensive or foul language.
- Avoid standing in and blocking sidewalks and driveways.
- No pushing, fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.
- Do not run to the curb when the bus comes. Stay back until the bus is actually stopped. (A push at the middle or end of the line can send the front person into the bus or under its wheels.)
- Older students should be helpful to younger ones.
Eden Prairie Schools has a well-trained staff of drivers and our buses are very well maintained. We have an excellent safety record. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. The majority of children injured in student transportation are not hurt on the bus but outside the bus. Students should be aware of the 10-foot area around the stopped school bus referred to as the “Danger Zone.” Parents and community members are required by law to stop at least 20 feet from a bus with flashing red lights.
What’s allowed on the bus?
Students may bring items such as musical instruments that they can hold in their laps or between their legs during the bus ride. Objects like balls, ice skates, and in-line skates must be stowed in a backpack or bag. Examples of objects not allowed on the bus include:
- Guns (including toy guns or look-alikes)
- Knives or other sharp objects
- Skis, ski poles, hockey or lacrosse sticks, bats, golf clubs, snow sleds (unless they roll up)
- Flammable items
- Glass items
- Laser pens
- Any items of dangerous or objectionable nature
More information about Eden Prairie Schools Transportation Department, including detailed student and parent/guardian responsibilities, is available at www.edenpr.org.