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2024-25 Transportation FAQ

What is the purpose of school bus transportation?

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

Who is eligible for school bus service?

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. 

How do I find my child’s bus stop and schedule?

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.

What are the safety measures on school buses?

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

What is the “school bus zone”?

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

Why is my student a walker?

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). 

How do I opt-in my student for school bus transportation?

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.

Do I have to opt-in my student every year for transportation?

Yes, you must register your student each year for transportation. 

How do I track my child’s bus location? 

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

How do I contact someone if I have concerns with my yellow bus transportation?

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. 

How do I contact someone if I have concerns with my student being a walker?

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 

How far can my student walk to a yellow bus stop?  

  • 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 my student has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), will that qualify for the safest, closest corner?

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

Will my student be able to get transportation from daycare and/or before-after school care?

Only students in grades K-8 are eligible for transportation from a daycare provider to school

  • To be eligible for daycare transportation, the family must live in a zone served by the school AND the daycare must be in a zone served by the school.  Also, the daycare transportation service must be for both pickup & drop off.
  • Examples of families who would be eligible for daycare transportation:
    • Family A lives in Zone 1, student is enrolled in a daycare 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 daycare since both the family and the daycare are in a zone served by the school.
    • Family B lives in Zone 2, student is enrolled in a daycare in Zone 3, and the student attends Sidener, an All-Zone School.  The family would be eligible for transportation from home or from the daycare since both the family and the daycare are in a zone served by the school.
    • Family C lives in Zone 2, student is enrolled in a daycare 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 daycare since both the family and the daycare are in a zone served by the school.
  • A family is not eligible for daycare transportation if any of the following are true:
    • The daycare stop does not serve both pickup and drop-off
    • The family lives outside of the IPS boundary (even if the daycare 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 daycare 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 daycare since the family lives outside of the transportation area for the school.
    • The daycare is outside of the zone served by the school their student attends.  Example:
      • Family E lives in Zone 3, student is enrolled in a daycare 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 daycare since the daycare is outside of the transportation  area for the school.

How to determine if a student is eligible for one year of continued reprieve (grandfathered) transportation for 2024-2025: 

A student is eligible for normal transportation if: 

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

A student is eligible to receive continued reprieve transportation during the 2024-2025 school year (for 1 year only) if:

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 4 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 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. 

A student is NOT eligible to receive continued reprieve transportation (1 year only) if: 

  • 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.