Free vs. Paid Bussing Guidelines

Free vs. Paid Bussing Guidelines

Elementary/middle school level students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles and high school level students (grades 9-12) who live more than three miles from their attendance center are entitled to free transportation.  If elementary/middle students reside more than two miles from their attendance center but use a daycare located within the two-mile area, they are considered pay-for-ride locations.

A school district, in the local board’s discretion, may provide transportation to some or all resident pupils who are not entitled to transportation.  If a district provides this discretionary transportation, it may charge parents/guardians for the service.  The amount charged may not be more than the average cost to transport a student, determined by the Annual State Transportation Report for the year prior.  Iowa Code 285.1(1).

Distance is determined using public roadway only and over the most passable and safest route, opposite the private entrance to the student’s residence and ending in the roadway opposite their attendance center.