Back to School

The health and safety of IPS staff and students is paramount. Any student physically reporting to an IPS facility during the 2020-21 school year should adhere to the following transportation guidance.

Students will be expected to arrive at the bus stop wearing masks. Masks must also be worn by all students and staff on IPS buses; social distancing will occur to the maximum extent possible.

Students will be assigned seating for morning and afternoon bus routes. Students will be seated one student per seat as much as possible  unless they are from the same household. Seats will be adjusted to improve social distancing and to allow rear-to-front loading for AM runs, and front-to-rear unloading for PM runs. Signage will be used to encourage healthy hygiene practices.

Monitors will ride buses to enforce safety practices and track riders for contact tracing. Also, windows/vents will remain open on buses to promote ventilation when weather allows.

School buses will be disinfected at the end of the morning and afternoon routes. Drivers will clean contact surfaces between service tiers using approved chemicals and paper towels. A garbage can will be available on each bus for disposal of paper products. Garbage will be emptied at the end of each bus service.

FirstView® Parent App – In continued partnership with our transportation provider, First Student, IPS is launching FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communications app that provides live tracking, alerts, arrival times and much more. The app is available in multiple languages. Get started today!

Families should consider driving or walking as much as possible to and from school to help reduce crowding on buses.

IPS is adding crossing guards, implementing and enforcing walk zones at 13 schools to support and encourage walking to and from school. The addition of crossing guards is allowing IPS  to reduce the number of students on buses and promote greater distancing on buses.

Access the list of walk zone schools and crossing guard locations at each of these schools HERE.

The IPS and IndyGo partnership will continue during the 2020-21 school year. This partnership allows IPS high school students to ride IndyGo to and from school and throughout the city. A free IndyGo bus pass — good for the school year — will be provided to high school students.