The School Day Begins and Ends on the Bus
Providing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located at 6350 NW Beaver Dr. in Johnston.
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.
The Johnston Community School District uses a 1- mile walk zone for students in grades K-9 living within one mile of the school they attend and 2- mile walk zone for Johnston High School students, grades 10-12. 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. Parents can check transportation eligibility and their distance to their child’s school via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
No Guest Riders
Students who are eligible for bus transportation will not be allowed to bring a guest rider(s) on the bus with them. This is a change from previous years and made effective by the Johnston Board of Education in August 2016. The elimination of the guest rider option keeps route sizes consistent on a day-to day basis and ensures all eligible riders receive the transportation they are entitled to.
The Johnston Community School District offers an optional pay-to-ride student transportation program for K-12 students who are not eligible riders based on their distance to/from their 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 (i.e. furthest from school receive first consideration).
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.
2018-19 Bus Rider Registration
If you will be riding the bus in the 2018-19 school year, please fill out the following form. Questions can be directed to the Johnston STA office at 515-278-8149.