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How far away do you have to live to be bussed?

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In our town it has always been 1 mile from school to qualify to ride the bus. However, with budget cuts, that has been changed to 2 miles for the fall. This is going to create some real problems for a lot of people. Luckily I have always taken my kiddos, but no everyone can do that.
post #2 of 4
Our school district has additional busing criteria than just distance to the school.

If you are going to a school other than your "home school", because of the "No Child Left Behind Act" (i.e., your home school is a low-performing school), you get a bus ride.

If you are part of the VEEP (Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program), or you attend a "magnet school", you get a bus ride.

If you have an IEP, you get a bus ride, no matter how close you live to the school.

If you attend your "home school", and do not have an IEP, you provide your own transportation, no matter your distance to the school. My kids attend their "home school". We are about 1 mile from the elementary school. It's not that far, but too far for the little ones to walk home.

My kids are lucky that the middle school is 2 blocks away and the high school is about a 10 minute walk. There are some students in our home school who live as far as 3-4 miles from school who also have to provide their own transportation. I often see them walking home after school when I'm out running errands. It's a long walk for some after spending the entire day at school.
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Elementary schools are bussed no matter how close they are - there is a bus that runs down the street right next to our school. The thing that stinks about that is that we now have no walkers, so the parents that live on that street have to physically come to the school to pick up their kids or send them home on the bus, so the kids who take the bus get home about 20 minutes later than they used to before they started bussing.

I don't know the distance for the older kids, but I am guessing it's two miles. My son walks to middle school, which is about a mile from our house. He will be bussed to the high school which is about 3 miles. Thinking about the kids I see walking past my house in the morning and where they live, it is definitely more than a mile from school - probably two.
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In our district, every child can be bussed, no matter the distance up until 8th grade. Grades 9-12, you need to be at least 2 miles away.
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