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Of the over 3 million people in Iowa, 62,230 live in Council Bluffs!

Middle and High School

More than 2,500 students in the Council Bluffs Community School District will ride to and from school on 62 buses this year. The District contracts transportation services with First Student and is fortunate to have an experienced team of drivers.

Who is Eligible to Ride the Bus at No Cost?
District policy 701.5 and Section 285.1 of the School Laws of Iowa outline transportation privileges for students as follows:
• Eligible riders are defined as “Middle School students living two miles or more from school and High School students living three miles or more from school.”
• The two- or three-mile limit is defined as being “from a point at the edge of the roadway nearest the front door of the residence measured to a point at the edge of the driveway nearest the front door of the school by the nearest and most safe traveled roadway.”
• A student may be required to catch the school bus on the approved route by walking up to three-fourths of a mile to a bus stop.
• Students who attend a school other than the school in their home attendance area are not eligible for transportation unless they catch the bus at an existing bus stop in that attendance area.

May a Student Ride the Bus if He/She Lives within the 2- or 3-mile Limit?
Students living closer than the two or three mile parameter may purchase a space-available seat. Sign up sheets will be provided at the school offices for those students living closer than the established limits. Space available transportation will only follow existing bus routes and stops. Empty seats, if available on a bus, will be made available to requesting students with priority given to those living farthest from school. It will normally take approximately 2 weeks after school starts to determine the number of space available seats on each bus. A fee of $96.00 will be charged each trimester for space available busing. However, students who qualify for free lunches will receive a fee waiver upon request, while students qualifying for reduced lunches will be charged $19.20 per trimester for a space available seat. Parents are responsible for making arrangements with the school office for space available seats. Bus drivers will have route sheets listing the students who can ride and will check students as they get on the bus.

Special Requests for Transportation
Due to hardship situations, students may need to be transported from/to an alternate address within the school’s attendance area. Examples of this may be when parents’ working hours are such that the student routinely must sleep at a relative’s or care provider’s residence or when the student is on an IEP (Individual Education Program) and is in need of adult supervision immediately before/after school. A letter of request must be submitted to the principal for a “hardship exception,” and must be approved by the principal and the Transportation office before transportation will be provided.

After-School Activity Buses
After-school activities buses will be provided for combined Woodrow Wilson/Thomas Jefferson and Kirn/Abraham Lincoln routes. Students who are eligible to ride the bus are also eligible to ride these late buses to stops at or near their normal bus stops. Students who are riding the after-school activity buses will be authorized to ride the bus by the school’s coach or a teacher. The activities buses will leave the middle schools at 4:15 p.m. and the high schools at 4:25 p.m. Monday-Friday. These times may be subject to change.

Bus Safety Reminder
Please know that there is no supervision provided by the School District at bus stops. Parents are encouraged to arrange for students to walk to and from, and to wait at the bus stop with at least one other student. Once on the bus, the bus driver is charged with maintaining discipline. Students are expected to behave on the bus as they would in school, knowing that the Code of Conduct will be enforced. All buses are equipped with cameras as part of the safety efforts.

Questions? 328-6411 x 11245