Lakeville Area Schools bus transportation is provided by Schmitty and Sons Bus Company. Busing will be provided to students who live outside of .8 miles for Elementary (grades K-5) and 2 miles for Secondary (grades 6-12) or live in a designated safety zone. All students living within the .8 miles for Elementary and 2 miles for Secondary have the option to pay for a bus. To see what transportation zone your address is located in, please view the Attendance Area Finder.
If you have questions or need additional clarification, contact:
- District Representative – Nick Neuvirth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-232-2030
- Schmitty & Sons Bus Company – 952-469-2256 or visit the Schmitty and Sons website.
Information and Forms
- Online Fee Payment
- Transportation Form 2018-2019
- Consent to Share Information for Benefits Form
- Consent to Share Information for Benefits Form in Spanish
- Attendance Area Finder
- Student Transportation Safety Policy
- Transportation Safety Zone appeal form
- Lakeville Area Schools safety criteria
Q: Do I need to register for transportation? If so, how?
A: Go to the Attendance Area Finder and type in your house number and street name. If the transportation zone listed indicates “transportation provided,” you do not need take further action beyond checking your parent portal for route information after Aug. 21. If the transportation zone information indicates you live in a “fee option zone,” you have the option to purchase transportation and you may register and pay the fee online using the district Fee Pay website. Once you pay and receive the confirmation, you may check the parent portal on or about Aug. 21 for route information. If your child qualifies for free or reduced meals, you may be eligible for assistance. To complete the application for educational benefits, go to the Student Nutrition Department webpage. NOTE: Families also must register for transportation using the districts Fee Pay website if they live in a “fee-option zone.” Families also may register via paper form. See Transportation Form 2018-2019
Q: Who has the option to pay for transportation?
A: All students who live less than .8 miles from Elementary and 2 miles from Secondary schools and not located in a safety zone have the option to pay for bus service. Distances are calculated by the District using computer-aided measurements taken from the school site at the point where buses turn off of the street into the school driveway to the home address farthest driveway-side edge of the property line.
Q: How much is the pay for service fee?
A: The discounted fee is $150 per student with a family cap of $300 if paid before July 13. After July 13 of the upcoming school year, the regular fee is $175 per student with a family cap of $350. Registration before July 13 helps us establish bus routes and stops. It also allows bus information to be distributed on time. After July 13, registrants will be given a bus assignment as space is available on existing buses and at existing stops. Bus assignments will available in the Parent Portal by mid to late August.
Q: How were the Safety Zones created?
A: The District Transportation Safety Committee developed criteria to designate safety zones. The committee was comprised of Board of Education members, principals, administration, Schmitty & Sons, city of Lakeville and Lakeville Police Department officials. The full list of criteria considered during the process can be found in the Lakeville Area Schools Safety Zone Criteria.
Q: What if I do not agree with a current Transportation Safety Zone and would like to appeal my location?
A: The Transportation Safety Committee will meet quarterly to review the appeal requests. We ask that you please fill out the Transportation Safety Zone Appeal Form. Once the committee meets communication will be sent back with a resolution of the appeal. If you have immediate questions or concerns, contact email@example.com or 952-232-2030.
Q: Why isn’t everyone provided a bus?
A: State law requires public school districts to provide free transportation to all students living 2 or more miles from their school.
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register through Fee Pay using your debit or credit card. If you choose to pay by check, you will need to register via the Transportation Form 2018-19 and mail your application to Schmitty & Sons, 22750 Pillsbury Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044. You must have your child’s student ID number to register by either method. The student ID number can be found on the online Parent Portal.
Q: Does the fee cover the entire cost?
A: No, the actual average cost to transport a student in the Lakeville Area Schools is $425 per student (for the 2016-17 school year). The balance is covered by funding from the general education budget for the district.
Q: What about non-public school transportation?
A: All transportation policies and procedures, including pay for service, apply equally to private schools as required by law.
Q: What if I am a new student?
A: You may enter your address on the Attendance Area Finder to find out if you have the option to pay for bus service. Students newly enrolled in the district may pay for transportation with the discount fee of $150 per student. New students enrolled on or before January 1 of the current school year will be charged the full annual fee. New students enrolled after January 1 of the current school year will be charged 50 percent of the annual fee.
Q: Are there opportunities for financial assistance?
A: Yes, families who qualify for Free and Reduced Educational Benefits can receive a fee waiver. Applications for Educational Benefits are available at your child’s school, the Food and Nutrition Department (952) 232-2061 or on the Nutrition Service Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program Website. If you have not applied for Free and Reduced benefits, you must pay the fee. If you are approved for benefits, your fee will be refunded.
Q: My family receives a waiver on bus service fees because we are eligible for free lunch. Do I still have to apply for bus service?
A: Yes. You must submit the transportation application to be assigned to a bus route.
Q: Do part-time riders pay less?
A: There are no reduced fees for one way use of the service (morning or afternoon). Transportation services are based on the daily student count. Costs do not change for children who ride the bus only one way or do not ride every day. There are no reduced fees for part-time riders.
Q: What about daycare?
A: The district will follow existing policy and administrative procedure. If your daycare is within a fee option zone, you may pay for service. The same goes for a safety zone: If your daycare is within a designated safety zone, bus transportation will be provided.
Q: Are there alternate stops?
A: We will follow existing policy and administrative procedure.
Q: What are the rules for Inter-district Open Enrollment?
A: The closest existing stop to home that is within the intra district open enrollment boundary determines the pay for service status for those requesting transportation.
Q: Are there prorated payments or refunds?
A: No, costs will not be prorated for current residents requesting transportation at any point beyond the start of the school year. Also, refunds will not be provided for non-use or discontinued use of the service after the first day of school.
Q: Do other districts charge fees for transportation?
A: Yes. Burnsville-Eagan-Savage (District 191), Farmington Public Schools (District 192) and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan (District 196) all charge fees for transportation, though the details and fees vary.
Non-Public Transportation Reimbursement
Non-Public School Transportation
Lakeville Area Schools may be obligated to provide to district residents choosing to send their children to non-public schools outside the district as follows: Provide monetary reimbursement in lieu of public school transportation. Based on state regulations, this reimbursement can be up to, but may not exceed, the pupil transportation reimbursement amount received by the District from the State of Minnesota, less 5 percent for district administrative costs.