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The Transportation Department transports more than 22,000 students every school day on 220 district-owned buses. Our mission is to support the education process by transporting students safely, reliably and efficiently to and from school and school events. If you have questions please call us at 651-423-7685.

Transportation eligibility

Service distances for transportation are one mile and further from school for elementary students and 1.5 miles and further for middle and high school students as defined in section 1 of Policy 707, Student Transportation. These service distance criteria also apply to students attending the district’s magnet schools and all non-public school students. Minnesota law requires school districts to provide transportation to any student who lives 2 miles and further from their assigned school.

A student’s distance from school, as referred to in Policy 707, section 1.4, is defined as the shortest distance from the student’s residence (where the front of the property meets the street), by reasonably safe walkway, street or highway that is accessible to the public, to the curb-step or walkway at the assigned entrance of the school the student attends. If any portion of where the front of the residential property meets the street is outside the walking distance, the student will be provided busing to and from school.


Karen Dayon,
Coordinator of Transportation


Transportation Department
15180 Canada Avenue
Rosemount, MN 55068

Office Hours:

5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Did you know?

  • District 196 maintains approximately 220 vehicles, which is the largest district-owned bus fleet in the state.
  • We employ more than 280 drivers, chaperones, vehicle technicians and transportation office staff.
  • District 196 transports more than 22,000 students to and from school each day.
  • District buses travel more than 2.5 million miles each year.
  • All buses must pass rigorous state inspections each year.
  • All buses have two-way radios for constant contact with the Transportation Department.
  • Bus evacuation drills are held twice a year at all grade levels.

Drive for District 196!

Or call 651-423-7685 to inquire about open positions!

2020-21 School Year

Postcards will be mailed August 31 to families of students eligible to receive transportation to and from school during the 2020-21 school year.

The postcard includes information on bus stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times. Parents and guardians who do not receive a postcard and believe their child is eligible to receive transportation can call the Transportation Department at 651-423-7685. The district also offers optional transportation service for a fee for students who do not qualify based on the current service distances; for more information, visit the Transportation Department page.

Bus stop information is also available through the Infinite Campus Parent portal. Click on “More,” then “Transportation.” This information is updated nightly to reflect any changes to bus routes and stops.

fee-for-service transportation option is available to families whose children are not eligible for free transportation based on current service distances.

Optional bus service is $300 for the entire school year

The annual cost is $300 per student, with a $600 family maximum. Families whose children qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals receive the service for a discounted rate. State law requires districts to provide transportation for students living two miles or more from their school and for students who receive special education services and require transportation as part of their individual education program. Districts are allowed to charge a fee for transportation provided within the two-mile minimum radius, except transportation for individuals with special needs.

District 196 offers better service than required by state law. The starting point for elementary service is one mile from school and for middle school and high school service it is one and one-half miles. Students living within these distances from their school are not eligible for free transportation, except those who would, if they were to walk to school, need to cross a railway or roadway defined by district regulation as hazardous. Families whose children are not eligible for free transportation service based on distance or hazardous crossings have the option to purchase it.

staying safe and healthy

Now, more than ever, the partnership between parents, drivers and staff will be essential to keeping everyone safe. District 196 Transportation Services Department will implement the following measures in order to keep students and staff as safe as possible while using district transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Our transportation employees needs the support of the families to ensure social distancing at the bus stop prior to the arrival of the bus; proper health screening prior to boarding; and reinforcing expectations for student behavior while on the bus.
  • It is the parent / caregiver’s responsibility to conduct a thorough health screening of their child following symptoms and screening protocol, prior to placing them on the bus.  If the child is symptomatic or has been exposed to an individual who has COVID-19, they should remain at home and not board the bus.

Bus ride requirements including boarding, seating and school arrival

  • All persons driving or riding in a school transportation vehicle must wear a face covering.  
  • Students from the same household are encouraged to sit together.
  • Students will have assigned seating while riding the school bus. Encourage your child to remain seated in their assigned seat for the entire bus ride.
  • Drivers will direct students in the seating process the first few days to maximize social distancing.
  • Windows and roof hatches will be opened to the extent weather permits to increase airflow and circulation.

Cleaning and Disinfecting procedures and processes

  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected regularly using disinfectant products that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for effective use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  The cleaning will focus on frequent cleaning of touched surfaces in the vehicle (e.g., surfaces near the driver’s seat, hard seats, door handles, seat belt buckles, doors and windows, grab handles) between routes.
  • Doors and windows will be open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.