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2024-25 Transportation FAQ

School bus transportation is provided to safely transport students to and from school, ensuring they arrive and depart on time.  

A student’s home address is what determines a student’s zone. If families choose a school outside of that school’s zone boundary, they will be responsible for providing their own transportation.  At Indianapolis Public Schools, there are a variety of ways in which students get to and from school: walking, riding an IPS (Indianapolis Public Schools) yellow bus or using IndyGo. 

To find your child’s bus stop and schedule, you have several options:

  1. Contact Your School Directly: The first and quickest way to get the most accurate and up-to-date transportation information is by contacting your child’s school. They can provide you with specific details about the bus stop and schedule.
  2. Visit PowerSchool: PowerSchool contains detailed information about bus routes and schedules. You can access this information by logging into your PowerSchool account.
  3. Call for Assistance: If you’re unable to find the information you need through the above methods, you can call the service desk at 317-226-4000. They can assist you directly or put in a ticket for further help.

Remember, the most reliable source of information is always your child’s school, as they have the most current details about transportation arrangements specific to your child.

School buses are equipped with safety features including seat belts, stop arms, video cameras, GPS and emergency exits.  

There are four IPS zones referring to the area where students are eligible for bus service based on their residence.  Please reference the link to review map RBS School Zones Map

Children are classified as a walker if the following conditions are met: 

  • IPS Zones Walk Boundaries – Google My Maps 
  • K–5 students who reside 1 mile or less from their school. 
  • 6–8 students who reside 1.25 miles or less from their school. 
  • 9–12 students who reside 1.5 miles or less from their school. 

In rare situations where the distance ends in the middle of the block the boundary will extend to the end of the end block.  We are not splitting the block in half and causing confusion for families (i.e. apartment complexes). 

During the annual registration for school, there is a section for you to opt-in your student for transportation or contact your school for support.  This can be found under “Forms” and is part of the “Intent to Return” application.

Yes, you must register your student each year for transportation. Families that are eligible for a one year reprieve, you must indicate that you wish to opt in to transportation in order for us to know you wish to be grandfathered in under this policy.

Leveraging the FirstView Mobile App, families can locate their students bus in real-time.  

Families that may have concerns about their yellow bus assignment such as safety, health, or other extenuating circumstances may call the Indianapolis Public Schools Service Center at 317-226-4000 or complete a “Transportation Exemption Request” on the “Contact Us” page on the district website using the Let’s Talk for Transportation. 

Families that may have concerns about their student walking to school because of safety, health, or other extenuating circumstances.  may call the Indianapolis Public Schools Service Center at 317-226-4000 or complete a “Walk Zone Risk Form” on the “Contact Us” page on the district website using the Let’s Talk for Transportation 

  • K-5th graders can walk up to 4 blocks.  
  • 6th-8th graders can walk up to 5 blocks.  
  • 9th-12th graders can walk up to 8 blocks. 

If the student’s IEP qualifies as a Related Service, then the student will receive transportation.

Only students in grades K-8 are eligible for transportation from before/after care locations to school

  • To be eligible for transportation from before/after care locations , the family must live in a zone served by the school AND the before/after care must be in a zone served by the school.   AM and PM bus stop must be identical
  • Examples of families who would be eligible for transportation from before/after care :
    • Family A lives in Zone 1, student is enrolled in a before/after care located in Zone one, and the student attends Carl Wilde School 79, a Zone 1 school.  The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care since both the family and the before/after care are located in a zone served by the school.
    • Family B lives in Zone 2, student is enrolled in a before/after care located in Zone 3, and the student attends Sidener, an All-Zone School.  The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care since both the family and the before/after care are located in a zone served by the school.
    • Family C lives in Zone 2, student is enrolled in a before/after care located in Zone 1, and the student attends Global Prep School 44, a Zone 1 and 2 school.  The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care since both the family and the before/after care are located in zones served by the school.
  • A family is not eligible for before/after care transportation if any of the following are true:
    • The before/after care stop does not serve both pickup and drop-off
    • The family lives outside of the IPS boundary (even if the before/after care is within the IPS boundary)
    • The family lives outside of the zone served by the school their student attends.  Example:
      • Family D lives in Zone 4, student is enrolled in a before/after care in Zone 1, and the student attends Clarence Farrington School 61, a Zone 1 school.  The family would NOT be eligible for transportation from home or from the before/after care since the family lives outside of the transportation area for the school.
    • The before/after care is outside of the zone served by the school their student attends.  Example:
      • Family E lives in Zone 3, student is enrolled in a before/after care in Zone 2, and the student attends Anna Brochhausen 88, a Zone 3 school.  The family would be eligible for transportation from home but would NOT be eligible for transportation from the before/after care location since the before/after care is located outside of the transportation  area for the school.

A student is eligible for normal transportation if: 

  • They live in the zone served by the school they will attend next year (2024-2025). 

They live in the IPS boundary but outside of the zone that is served by the school they will attend next year, and: 

  • They are enrolled in the same school that they wish to attend next year, and
    • They currently receive transportation to their school, and 
    • They are not currently a walker or IndyGo rider, and 
    • They do not receive transportation through a special exemption or other similar reprieve, 
    • They plan to remain enrolled at their current school and receive transportation for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year, and 
    • They remain living at their current address (reprieve transportation expires if/when a family change addresses) 
  • NOTE: if a student attends their assigned middle school and that middle school serves the zone where the family lives, the family would be eligible for normal, ongoing transportation rather than simply a one-year reprieve
    • Examples:
      • A 3rd grade student in zone 1 attends CFI 70, a district-wide transportation school for the 23-24 school year and a Zone 2 school for the 24-25 school year. They are currently eligible for transportation to CFI 70 and plan to remain at CFI 70 for 4th grade. The student would be eligible for the one-year transportation reprieve from their current home address but would not receive transportation beyond the 24-25 school year. 
      • A 4th grade student in Zone 3 and the current school boundary at George Washington Carver Montessori 87, a school that provides transportation to the west and south sides of town for the 23-24 school year and a Zone 1 school for the 24-25 school year. The student would be eligible for the one-year transportation reprieve from their current home address but would not receive transportation beyond the 24-25 school year. 
      • A K student in Zone 3 outside of the current school boundary attends Butler Lab 60, a school that provides transportation to the west side of town for the 23-24 school year and a Zone 1 and 4 school for the 24-25 school year. Since the family is not currently eligible for transportation, they would not be eligible for the transportation reprieve.

They are attending the middle school they are assigned to next year as part of RBS middle school articulation patterns, and

  • They currently receive transportation their school, and
    • They will not be a walker or IndyGo rider to their next year school, and 
    • They do not receive transportation through a special exemption or other similar reprieve, and 
    • They plan to remain enrolled at their current school and receive transportation for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. 
    • They remain living at their current address (reprieve transportation expires if/when a family change addresses 
  • NOTE: if a student attends their assigned middle school and that middle school serves the zone where the family lives, the family would be eligible for normal, ongoing transportation rather than simply a one-year reprieve
    • Examples:
      • A 5th grade student in Zone 3 attends Cold Spring school, a district-wide transportation school for the 23-24 school year. They are currently eligible for transportation to Cold Spring and are assigned to Cold Spring for middle school. The student would be eligible for the one-year transportation reprieve from their current home address but would not receive transportation beyond the 24-25 school year. 
      • A 6th grade student in Zone 4 and the current school boundary attends CFI 2 and is assigned to Longfellow, a Zone 3 school. The student would be eligible for the one-year transportation reprieve from their current home address but would not receive transportation beyond the 24-25 school year. 
      • A 7th grade student in Zone 3 and the current school boundary attends Butler Lab School 60 and is assigned to Northwest but applies to and receives a seat at Broad Ripple, a Zone 2 school. The student would not be eligible for one year transportation reprieve from their current home address. 
  • They are not eligible for transportation for the 2023-24 school year, or 
  • They are eligible for transportation for the 2023-24 school year but opted-out of transportation, or
  • They applied for and earned a seat at a school that is different/new school for the 24-25 school year, or 
  • The applied for a middle school that is neither in their zone nor the articulation pattern for their current elementary school, or 
  • They un-enrolled from their 2023-24 school before the end of the school year, or 
  • They were not enrolled in an IPS school for the 2023-24 school year, or 
  • They currently receive transportation under a special exception or reprieve (these expire at the end of the 2023-24 school year). 

At Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), safety is a key priority. For information on getting to and from school safely, visit the IPS Take Care, Be Aware page for tips for pedestrians; car, bus and bike riders.