Are you eligible for free district transportation?
- Elementary students (K-5) who live more than 1 mile from their boundary school
- Middle school students (6-8) who live more than 2 miles from their boundary school
- High school students (9-12) who live more than 3 miles from their boundary school
- Students who have transportation included in their Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- Students whose walking route is considered a hazard (Elementary Students ONLY)
- Blackout dates begin the day after the last day of registration through Labor Day (August 7th thru September 2nd) This allows time for students to be placed at the closest existing stop. Changes or additions to stops will be considered by Durham following the blackout period allowing the routes to remain stable and ensuring timely communication of route information to parents and students.
Students who do not meet the district mileage guidelines are eligible to apply for discretionary transportation, unless otherwise noted(i.e. student approved to remain in an old boundary. Discretionary transportation applications are approved in the order in which they are received based on space and if there is an existing route in the area. If there is not space or an existing route, your student’s application will be denied.
- Discretionary Transportation Application Routing Freeze
- Applications for discretionary transportation (discretionary transportation and childcare transportation) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2018. Discretionary transportation will not be available for at least the first 10 days of school. Once your student(s) application has been processed, you will be notified by Durham of your student’s transportation assignment or denial. Please do not take any action until you have received this notification from Durham School Services. All attempts will be made to provide discretionary transportation according to state guidelines. In the case that your request is denied, it will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide or arrange transportation for their student to and from school.
- Transportation Applications
- Childcare transportation
- Students, who meet the district mileage guidelines and attend their boundary school, are eligible for childcare transportation instead of being transported to and from their qualifying primary address (home).
- The child care center must meet the district mileage guidelines and also be within their boundary school area.
- Medical Transportation
- Students who require special accommodations for a medical condition may contact Student Services for a Medical Transportation Application. This application must be completed and signed by the student’s physician. The completed application can be returned to Students Services. Once the services have been verified by a Student Services staff member, transportation will be routed.
- Students will not be considered for medical transportation if it does not affect them personally. (I.E. Parent has a medical condition and cannot walk the student to and from the stop, etc.) If the student does not have a medical condition, they will not be approved for medical transportation.
- Kindergarten Waiver to Walk Form
- Kindergarten students are required to have an adult present at their bus stop. However, parents/ guardians are able to sign a Waiver to Walk form and allow the kindergarten students to be walked home by older siblings/ children. If a Waiver to Walk form is not completed, the driver cannot allow the child to get off the bus without a parent/ guardian present.
- Request for Harness
- As situations or concerns arise, parents/ guardians may contact their students building administrator and request that the child be placed in a harness to help them remain seated safely.
Special Education Student Transportation
- Special education students follow the same guidelines as regular education students, unless, transportation is included in their IEP. Special education students who do not meet the state mileage guidelines or have transportation included in their IEP will have the option to apply for discretionary transportation. Discretionary transportation is not guaranteed and is limited to route and space availability.
- Durham School Services, 1601 Black Hawk St Waterloo, IA 50702 (319) 291-4879 phone (319) 226-9807 fax
- WCSD, Student Services, 1516 Washington St Waterloo, IA 50702 (319) 433-1801 phone (319) 433-1887 fax