A message from the transportation director:

Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year! 

Although things may look different this year, please know that we are still committed to offering the safest mode of transportation for your child(ren). If you have not been contacted by me with your bus information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. My goal is to contact each parent the week before school starts. Please know that things have changed since last year and your student’s bus icon/# and the driver may be different. We work very hard to accommodate and make each bus route the most efficient and short as we possibly can, which may require change. For those of you who live in town, we have eliminated the bus stop at the grocery store. We have been planning to phase out this optional bus stop and have decided that this year we will implement the change. If you have a question or concern about this, please contact me directly so we can resolve it. 

I want you to know that it is my #1 goal for each student who rides the bus is to have a safe and orderly ride, every day. I would appreciate it if you would help by talking to your child(ren) about appropriate behavior at the bus stop and on the bus, and by ensuring your child(ren) has a mask on when he/she loads the school bus and that the child knows the mask must remain on for the duration of the route. Minimizing the spread of germs is a top priority. 

A few things that are different this year in regards to bus transportation and parent pick up/drop off: (a map is provided for a visual)

Due to the influx of parents opting to drive their children to and from school, we have made changes to the pickup/drop off plan for everyone. Parents will not be permitted into the building. Staff will be at each entrance to greet the students and help send off the students at the end of the day. 

Bus loading and unloading will take place on the west side of the school building (entrances E8 or E9) to allow more room for parents to pick up/drop off. Buses will enter 4th Avenue East, drive around the back between the school and the playground, to safely drop off students. Normally this street is blocked with a gate, however this year only buses will be allowed to drive through. The gate will remain shut the rest of the day so children can safely walk from the school to the playground for recess. Please refrain from driving through that area. Parents who are opting to drive their children to and from school are to use the north entrance (E3) where normally the buses line up. That avenue is one-way going from west to east, and parking is permitted only on the south side of that avenue. Parents should enter via 2nd Ave West or 1st Avenue West so that you are facing the correct direction to pick up or drop off your child at entrance E3. Parents opting to transport their PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN students are to enter via 4th Avenue West (the south side - polar bear side). Park in the designated visitor parking area and walk your child up the ramp to entrance E10, which is right by the Kindergarten and Preschool rooms. The teachers will greet the students at the door. Parents are not to enter the building. Older siblings of these students can enter the south main entrance (E1) by the school office. Students who walk to school are to use the south main entrance (E1) by the school office. 

Student drivers are to park in the lot by the bus garage and walk up the paved path to safely cross away from the extra parent traffic. 

New for busing: 

Children will not be allowed to ride a different bus to another person’s bus stop. You will only be allowed to ride on your assigned bus. 

Children will load the bus BACK TO FRONT, and families will sit together. Also, there will be certain seats blocked off to allow for social distancing. 

When unloading the bus at the school, students will unload FRONT TO BACK to eliminate crossing each other as much as possible. 

The driver will assist in letting the students know where to sit if there is confusion. Assigned seats will most likely be utilized. 

It is important for parents to know that school supervision of (and responsibility for) students begins when students board the school bus; not while they are waiting at the bus stop. Student’s behavior on the school bus is crucial for a safe and efficient ride. 

Below is my contact information, please contact me directly with any bus changes, whether it is for the day or for the year. If your busing needs are inconsistent, I would appreciate some sort of schedule ahead of time and I will share it with the bus driver. 

I am looking forward to a safe and enjoyable school year together! 

Jessica Larson, Transportation Director 

transportation@isd698.org  or jlarson@isd698.org

763-286-6835 (please add me to your cell phone contacts) (texts are welcome)

4.0 School Services of Floodwood

Bus Rules

1. Students will show respect for the school bus operator at all times and follow their instructions promptly.

2. Keep hands and feet to yourself and keep all objects inside the bus.

3. Students MUST remain seated in their assigned seat at all times unless otherwise directed by the school bus operator.

4. Quiet conversation with a student seated near you is allowed.

5. Students should WAIT for instructions (hand signals or otherwise) from the school bus operator EVERY TIME when crossing the street to board the bus or when exiting the bus. Students should be able to maintain eye contact with the school bus operator and cross in full view of the school bus operator.

6. Food, gum or drinks are NOT to be consumed on the school bus.

7. Harassment and bullying is prohibited at all times.

8. Students are to wait at the bus stop in an orderly manner.

9. Students are to board and exit the school bus only at their assigned bus stop.

From Parent/Student Handbook:

(refer to entire Student Transportation Safety Policy 709 on the district website)

Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right. Students must conform to School District policies regarding student conduct and safety while on the bus. The bus driver is the ultimate authority on the school bus.

Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school district under adopted administrative discipline procedures. In addition, all school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school district’s transportation safety director. Serious misconduct may be reported to local law enforcement.

School Bus and Bus Stop Rules. The school district school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the school district’s discipline procedures are to be followed. In most circumstances, consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the school district’s Transportation Office/School Office.

Rules at the Bus Stop

a. Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.

b. Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.

c. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

d. Use appropriate language.

e. Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.

f. Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.

g. After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.

h. If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing

the street.

i. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.

j. No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

Respect Optimism Acceptance Responsibility
Be on time Have a positive attitude Be kind Stay in your seat
Use your quiet voice Greet others Celebrate differences Face forward
Keep the bus clean Keep your hands and feet to self