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Transportation

If at any time your student will not be riding the bus as scheduled, please notify Durham School Services: 515-233-5424.

Students are not allowed to use bus transportation to ride to a home that is not on their assigned route.

Bus Rules and Procedures

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The District provides transportation either directly or by reimbursement according to state law and Board policy 711.1, for all resident students, preschool through 12th grade, who qualify.

  1. Elementary and middle school students must live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
  2. High school students (grades 9-12) must live more than three miles from the school.

Other factors may determine a student’s eligibility for transportation. The District determines eligibility for transportation as students register for transportation services and only makes changes in eligibility at the start of the school year or second semester.

Families MUST apply for busing during registration and re-enrollment each year, even if they applied for busing in the past.

Please note that applications received later than one week before the start of school are considered late.  Students whose applications are late will NOT be allowed to ride the bus until after Labor Day.

Discretionary Transportation

The District makes transportation available to students who live nearer than the statutory distance. Busing is NOT guaranteed outside elementary school boundaries.

ALL Northwood preschool students will be charged for busing, regardless of distance.

EK-5th Grade Students living less than 2 miles from the school of attendance will be charged for busing regardless of where your student is bused. ACSD has the final determination of distance. Per Iowa Code, busing is based on the permanent address of the student.

All Students 5th grade and younger are only allowed one pick up and one drop off. The pick up and drop off do not have to be the same.

6th -8th Grade Students living less than 2 miles from the school of attendance will be charged for busing regardless of where your student is bused. ACSD has the final determination of distance. Per Iowa Code, busing is based on the permanent address of the student.

6th -8th Grade Students from split households may request a second pick up/drop off, but only ONE pick up and drop off is allowed PER RESIDENCE.

9th -12th Grade Students living less than 3 miles from the school of attendance will be charged for busing regardless of where your student is bused. ACSD has the final determination of distance. Per Iowa Code, busing is based on the permanent address of the student.

9th -12th Grade Students from split households may request a second pick up/drop off, but only ONE pick up and drop off is allowed PER RESIDENCE.

NO STUDENTS are allowed to ride home with a friend or to get off at a stop other than their designated stop. NO EXCEPTIONS

Every effort will be made to get bus bills online as soon as possible. Regardless of when the fees are placed, if you qualify as Discretionary, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION FEES.

Bus Fees 

Type of Trip Semester Fee – Single Child Semester Fee – Second Child Semester Fee – Third Child Year total (single child)
Round Trip $177.40 $132.95 $106.45 $354.80
One Way $106.45 $79.77 $63.87 $212.90

Those students who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals and fill out the waiver can have the results applied to busing.

Leslie Weible 
Transportation Coordinator

Ames Community School District Educational Services Center
2005 24th St.
Ames, IA 50010

515-268-6626
Fax: 515-268-6634

Except for bus attendance calls, the District’s Transportation Coordinator is your first line of communication to transportation provider Durham School Services.

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