Transportation

Providing safe and efficient transportation of students to and from school.

The White Bear Lake Area Schools Transportation Department serves over 3400 bus stop locations within our 45 square mile district community each day.

Transportation Department Contacts

WBLAS Transportation (Buses Numbered 1-99)

Dispatch Office:
651-653-2734 (office)
651-653-2756 (fax)
email: transportation@isd624.org

Mike Turitto, Transportation Coordinator        
District Center    
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-407-7570 (office)

 Router
651-653-2737 (office)

Contracted Transportation (Buses Numbered 100-199)

First Student
2331 Leibel Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-9080 (office)
Fax: 651-407-9083
www.firststudentinc.com

Driver Concerns:

If you have a driver concern, please contact the bus company.

  • Buses Numbered 1-99 - contact WBLAS at 651-407-7538.

  • Buses Numbered 100-199 - contact First Student at 651-407-9080.

If you are not sure who to contact, please call the Transportation Department at 651-407-7538.

Bus Safety

Rules & Responsibilities

Students receive training during the first few weeks of school:

  • transportation by school bus is a privilege not a right;
  • district policies for student conduct and school bus safety;
  • appropriate conduct while on a bus;
  • the danger zones surrounding a school bus;
  • procedures for safely boarding and leaving as school bus;
  • procedures for safe street crossing; and
  • school bus evacuation and other emergency procedures.

Passenger Rules
Parent Responsibility
 

School Bus Safety video

The Department of Public Safety and the State Patrol are excited to announce the release of a "School Bus Safety: Be Ready for the Ride" training video.

Stop for school bus stop arm

The penalty for anyone running a school bus stop arm has increased from $300 - $500. When the bus is stopped and the stop arm is extended that means students are either getting on or off the bus.  Please be aware and stop for the school bus.

Trespassing on school buses

There is a new trespassing on school buses law that is now in effect. Minnesota Statute 609.605, Sub. 4 C, “Trespass on school, A person who boards a school bus when the bus is on its route or otherwise in operation, or while it has pupils on it, and who refuses to leave the bus on demand of the bus operator, is guilty of a misdemeanor.” Please be aware that the driver is in charge of the bus. If they ask you to get off - please follow their directions. If you do not is considered a misdemeanor. 

  

Activity Bus Information

FAQs

How are pickup and drop-off locations chosen?

The order of pickup and drop-offs of students is designed to be the most efficient and within the shortest possible time. Students who are first on in the morning will not necessarily be the first off in the afternoon if it is a less efficient way to run the route. In general, the farther students live from school, the longer their bus ride will be. The length of the bus ride is determined by both the distance from school and the number of stops made. It takes a considerable amount of time to make thirty stops for 50-60 students for example. For this reason, we are making every attempt to minimize the number of bus stops and to keep them at corners.

How are routes designed?

Bus routing is designed with buses traveling main roads through neighborhoods and with students picked up and dropped off at central locations. Bus stops are located at corners or intersections whenever possible and are usually central to where students are coming from. Some house stops are made on very busy roads or mid-way on long streets. Bus stops will generally be closer to student's houses for younger students. Older students are expected to be able to walk farther to bus stops.

Why do some children have to cross the street to board the bus?

We are not able to route all buses so that children can board the bus from the door side.  We recommend that children wait on the side of the street that they reside.  The bus will stop traffic in all directions to accommodate students that need to cross the street to board the bus.  You should instruct your student to wait for the driver's signal before crossing in front of the bus.

We live on a cul de sac.  Will the bus come down our street?

Except to transport special education students, buses generally are not routed down cul de sacs because of the danger to small children and property while the bus is turning around or backing up in the small area.

Our neighborhood has no sidewalks and has hills and curves. Can we have an additional bus stop so our children do not have to walk to the existing stop?

With the large number of streets and bus stops in our school district, it is necessary for some students to walk on roads that have hills, curves and/or no sidewalks. 

The bus goes right by my house. Why can't it stop here?

School bus stops are placed in central locations to shorten route length and times. Transportation services makes every effort to see that these stops are safe and have appropriate walking routes to them. In many cases a bus will stop at a front door if there is no appropriate stop within a reasonable distance. By law, school buses must also have at least one-three hundred feet between stops (determined by a road's speed limit).  The higher frequency of stops made by the bus increases the dangers for an accident because of impatient motorists and increasing the number of stops, makes the student ride time longer.

I own a daycare and need the stop at my house because the State requires me to see the students at all times. Why can't the bus stop be located at my house?

Bus stops are centrally located and at intersections. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the daycare provider to get the students to the bus stop. 

I have young children at home and/or I leave home because of work.

In order to be consistent and fair in placement of bus stops, the school district is not able to establish stops based on personal circumstances.

Why can I not see the bus stop from my house?

The school district provides transportation for over 7,000 students to and from school each day.  We are not able to position bus stops so that all parents or daycare providers are able to see the stop from their home.  It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian, or daycare provider to ensure that their child arrives safely at the bus stop.

  

Boundaries

The Walk Boundary distances are calculated from our computerized routing software. Distances are measured from the edge of the school to the end of the student's driveway along the path a student could actually walk.

  • Grades K-2 - 1/2 mile
  • Grades 3-5 - 3/4 mile
  • Grades 6-12 - 1 mile

Busing boundaries are limited to the school attendance areas for all regular education students.

Matoska International IB World School
Matoska International is a K-5 choice school open to students throughout the district. The District provides transportation from any point in the school district for students enrolled at this school.

High School Campuses

  • White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus (serving grades 9-10)
  • White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus (serving grades 11-12)
  • White Bear Lake Area Learning Center (serving grades 9-12)

The District provides transportation from any point in the school district for students enrolled at these schools.