In order to ensure the safe and efficient transportation for all Hayfield School District students, the following rules are in effect for all students and routes regardless of the type of transportation used.
Riding the school bus is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT (MN state statute 121A.59) Students who abuse this privilege will lose it.
Proper registration is required for each student who will be riding the bus to/from school. This is required before the start of each school year. Please click here for further information on how to register for busing.
Walking distances to school:
MN state statute 123B.92 dictates walking distances to school of 1 mile for elementary school students and 2 miles for secondary students.
Elementary (grades K-4) Students have a 1 mile maximum walking distance to or from school. All Hayfield School District area elementary school students are provided school bus transportation. Secondary (grades 5-12) Students have a 2 mile maximum walking distance to or from school. All Hayfield area secondary students are provided school bus transportation.
Walking to the bus stop:
As much as we would like to pick up every student within eyesight of their home or daycare, this is not always feasible. Bus stops are located with the safety of each student in mind first and foremost. Bus stop locations are reviewed each year and are placed in a centralized location for all the students in that area that are registered to ride the bus. Bus stops are generally located so no student has to walk further than 3 blocks from their home or daycare location. To help make the bus stop as safe as possible, we recommend that a parent or neighborhood volunteer wait with younger students until the bus arrives at the bus stop.
Students are required to ride their assigned bus from their assigned bus stop only. If you would like your child to ride the bus to or from a location other than their assigned bus stop, we require a written note in advance to ensure we transport your child to the correct location. Please remember that we transport over 800 students each day and we have each student listed at a specific bus stop or address. If a change is required, for any reason, we need proper written authorization from the parent/guardian before the scheduled bus time or your child will be picked up/ dropped off at their scheduled stop only. Please instruct your child to give the note to their bus driver when they are picked up in the morning to ensure the correct busing for the change.
All school bus and van routes are scheduled to provide efficient and consistent transportation for all students. If a child does not ride the bus for 5 consecutive days without proper notification to the Hayfield School Bus Company, we reserve the right to remove that child from the bus roster and refuse transportation. If removed from the current roster, your child can be added back onto the roster by re-registering them for bussing. Allow 3 to 5 days for the change to take effect.
A. School Bus and Bus Stop Rules.
The School District school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the School District’s discipline procedures are to be followed. Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the School District’s Transportation Office/School Office.
Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the School District. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges.
C. Suspension of Bus Transportation Privileges
The consequences may be as follows:
2. Major Infractions
Based on the severity of a student’s conduct, more or less serious consequences may be imposed at any time. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.