The School Day Begins and Ends on the Bus

TransportationProviding safe, reliable transportation to and from school is a critical part of the school day. The Johnston Community School District is pleased to partner with Student Transportation of America (STA) to offer bus ridership to students in the district’s boundaries.

All transportation-related questions can be directed to the STA office, 515-278-8149, or emailed to Katie McBride at kamcbride@ridesta.com. The office is located at 6350 NW Beaver Dr. in Johnston.

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 Non-Public Parent Reimbursement Request Form

SafeStop Mobile App

SafeStop is the mobile app that connects parents to the vehicles transporting their children. This free easy-to-use mobile app features neighborhood maps and a MapView bus locator. Using GPS technology, the app updates every 30 seconds to help you better plan for your busy day.

Learn how to download SafeStop onto your mobile device

Walk Zones

The Johnston Community School District uses a 1- mile walk zone for students living within one mile of the school they attend. A 2- mile walk zone for Johnston High School students will be implemented beginning with the 2017-18 school year. When considering the walk zones, there were a number of factors examined, including: safety hazards such a busy roads and non-signal/light cross areas; the availability of sidewalks; and age of students walking these routes. Because each school’s site is unique, the results for walking and busing zones vary.

Learn more about 2016-17 walk zones

Paid Ridership

The Johnston Community School District offers an optional pay-to-ride student transportation program for K-12 students who live within one mile of their assigned school. Paid ridership is based on a space-available, or open-seats only, basis. This means that if there are seats available on a bus route, transportation will be provided for a fee. The decision for offering any available seats will be done so using a distance rubric for families within the 1-mile walk zones (i.e. furthest from school receive first consideration).

Learn more about 2016-17 paid ridership details and specifications

Bus Safety

Safety at bus stops and on the school bus depends on the cooperation and responsible behavior of every student. Parents are encouraged to review guidelines for getting on and off the bus safely with their children – as well as report any unsafe incidents they witness.

Learn more about bus safety guidelines

2017-18 Bus Rider Registration

If you will be riding the bus in the 2017-18 school year, please fill out the following form. Questions can be directed to the Johnston STA office at 515-278-8149.

2017-18 Transportation Information Form

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