How is distance calculated between home and school for eligibility to ride the bus?
According to State Code “Transportation shall be provided to public school students who reside remote from their assigned school of attendance…” and in addition it states the following:
- The words “remote from the school of attendance” shall mean beyond 2.5 miles for high school students (grades nine through 12) and beyond 2.0 miles for elementary school students (grades preschool through eight).
- For the purpose of determining eligibility for student transportation, measurement shall be made by the shortest route along public roadways or public walkways between the entrance of the student’s residence nearest such public roadway or public walkway and the nearest public entrance of the school which the student attends.
The District's routing system calculates a “walking” distance as required by the code, which may be different than "driving" distance as calculated by online maps or GPS systems. Driving distance may be longer since vehicles may not be able to drive certain streets that otherwise make the trip shorter, eg. one way streets.