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Transportation Information for Upcoming School Year

Dear Parent/Guardian:

With the upcoming school year rapidly approaching, our partners at VISION Transportation are beginning to coordinate bus routes for the upcoming year. Current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health requires transportation services to plan for:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting transportation vehicles regularly, focusing on frequent cleaning of touched surfaces in the vehicle (i.e. surfaces near seats, hard seats, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, grab handles) between routes. 
  • Keep doors and windows open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to thoroughly let the vehicles air out. 
  • Reviewing and evaluating school transportation capacity with the goal of creating as much space between riders as possible, recognizing that it is not always feasible to have 6 feet of social distancing. 

As a reminder, last week the School Board voted to change school start times to accommodate the additional requirements for transportation. These start times will be in effect all year, regardless if students return to school for in-person learning or hybrid learning. To accommodate additional health and safety measures that may need to be implemented, additional time was added to the school day. By adding this additional time we aim to maximize student instructional time. Start and end times for buildings will be as follows: 

  • Liberty Elementary: 7:35 am - 2:25 pm
  • Independence Elementary STEM: 8:50 am - 3:40 pm
  • Middle School: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • High School: 7:15 am - 2:15 pm 

In addition, to help reduce the number of students on buses this year, we will also be waiving parking fees for high school students. 

In order to provide as much space as possible on our buses, we are asking that you complete this Transportation Form if you ARE able to transport your students to and/or from school. If completing this form to indicate that you will not utilize transportation services this year, we ask that you complete your student’s information, primary household parent/guardian information, and select boxes 3 and/or 4. If you have had a change in address or other pick up/drop off locations, we ask that you also complete this form in its entirety. This should be returned to the district by August 4th via: 

Mail: 501 Minnesota Avenue Big Lake, MN 55309

Fax: 763-262-2539

Email: ki.johnson@biglakeschools.org (preferred method)

By completing this form by August 4th, you will provide us valuable insight to plan for the upcoming school year. 

Sincerely,

Tim Truebenbach, Superintendent