Transportation Request

Transportation

Transportation Offerings: 2022-2023 School Year

Please find below how transportation will be made available for students depending on their location and situation.

Edina In-district Residents

Edina is the public-school district within which ISLA is located.  As such, all ISLA students who reside in the Edina School District 2 miles or farther from the ISLA school location are eligible for free bus transportation.  The bus stops will be neighborhood stops, meaning they will be within walking distance, generally within a couple of blocks, from the student’s home. Students who reside within 2 miles of the school’s location are eligible for fee-based bus transportation at the per student bus rate (see below). The distance between a student’s home and the school will be measured by putting both the student’s address and the school address into Google maps and taking the shortest distance of routes returned.

ISLA Transportation Boundary Fee-Based Option

ISLA offers fee-based bus transportation for students who reside outside of the Edina School District but within the ISLATransportation Boundary at the per student bus rate (see below). The ISLA Transportation Boundary is defined below. The bus stops within the ISLA Transportation Boundary will be neighborhood stops which means that bus stops will be within walking distance, generally within a couple of blocks, from the student’s home.  

Additional Scenarios

Edina Drive to an Established Stop Option (open to all students)

Any ISLA student who is privately transported to an established ISLA bus stop within the Edina School District will receive free bus transportation between that bus stop and the School.

Legacy Status of Prior Hopkins Bus Riders

Given that Hopkins was the resident school district for ISLA from its founding until 2021 and based on the fact that many families residing in the Hopkins district chose to attend ISLA with the expectation that their children would receive free busing,ISLA will provide legacy status as a free bus rider to current ISLA students who meet the following conditions. “Prior Hopkins Riders” means existing ISLA students who reside within the Hopkins School District and who rode the bus in the 2019-2020 school year and/or the 2020-2021 school year. It is ISLA’s intent that each Prior Hopkins’ Resident Rider will continue to be eligible for free busing for the remainder of such student’s years at ISLA, so long as ISLA is able to secure student transportation services in future years at a cost substantially similar to its 2021-2022 busing costs.  The bus stops within the Hopkins district will be neighborhood stops which means that bus stops will be within walking distance, generally within a couple of blocks, from the student’s home.  

Siblings of Prior Hopkins Riders and other students who were not enrolled at ISLA during the 2020-2021 school year are not eligible for free busing under this scenario. Younger siblings of Prior Hopkins Riders who live outside the New Transportation Boundary will be permitted to use their older siblings’ neighborhood bus stop while such older sibling remains an ISLA student riding the bus, but after the older sibling is no longer enrolled at ISLA, the younger sibling’s paid busing would be from a stop within the New Transportation Boundary.

 

Legacy Status of Non-Hopkins Prior Bus Riders  

Prior ISLA bus riders who do not live in the Hopkins School District and whose families privately transported their child(ren) to an established bus stop within the Hopkins district (“Prior Non-Hopkins Riders”) will be eligible for legacy status as bus riders and thus receive free bus transportation as described in this section. “Prior Non-Hopkins Riders” means existing ISLA students who rode the bus in the 2019-2020 school year and/or the 2020-2021 school year. Siblings of Current Non-Hopkins Riders and other students who were not enrolled at ISLA during the 2020-2021 school year are not eligible for free busing under this scenario. This offer of free transportation will be from any established Hopkins School District or Edina School District bus stop. The student(s) must be privately transported to the bus stop from which he/she would ride the bus.It is ISLA’s intent that each Prior Non-Hopkins Rider will continue to be eligible for free busing in the manner described in this paragraph for the remainder of such student’s years at ISLA, so long as ISLA is able to secure student transportation services in future years at a cost substantially similar to its 2021-2022 busing costs.

All ISLA Students

Any ISLA student may ride the bus from any established ISLA bus stop if the student is privately transported to the bus stop from which he/she will ride the bus. This fee-based bus transportation would be provided at the per student bus rate (see below).  If the student will be transported to a bus stop within the Edina District, please see the no charge option under “EdinaDrive to an Established Stop Option” section above.

Students Who Qualify for a Free or Reduced Lunch

Any ISLA student who is not eligible for free bus transportation under any of the scenarios above and who is eligible to receive a free or reduced school lunch may ride the bus to and from any established ISLA bus stop free of charge. If the student does not live within the ISLA Transportation Boundary the student must be privately transported to an established ISLA bus stop. Furthermore, if thes tudent does not live within the ISLA Transportation Boundary and the studentis privately transported to an established bus stop, then the student may qualify for some mileage reimbursement for the miles from the student’s home to the established bus stop, please see below.

Special Education(SPED)

Students with disabilities, who have transportation listed as a related service on theIndividualized Education Program (IEP), will be transported per the student’s IEP.

Additional Financial Assistance

Mileage Reimbursement Program

Any ISLA student who qualifies as a member of a low-income family and does not live within the ISLA Transportation Boundary and the student is privately transported to an established bus stop, then the student may qualify for some mileage reimbursement for the miles from the student’s home to the established bus stop. Please contact the school for more information.

Transportation Scholarships

The caregiver of any ISLA student may apply for a transportation scholarship. Scholarships will depend on available financing from the school and/or fundraising and will be applied toward the busing fee. If the student does not live within the ISLA Transportation Boundary the student must be privately transported to an established ISLA bus stop. To apply for a transportation scholarship, please email transportation@isla.school or go to the following link: https://forms.gle/NNYEw8wso4qgNCTH8.

Fee-BasedTransportation 

ISLA offers transportation service for a fee.  The fees collected help defray the cost of transportation as the per-student transportation fee is less than the cost of transporting a student. ISLA will be required to financially subsidize transportation.

The 2022-2023 fee for bus riders will be $450.00 per student for the year with a maximum household rate of $900.00 per year. This is a flat rate regardless of whether

  • the rider lives within the ISLA Transportation Boundary or is privately transported to an established stop
  • the rider rides to/from different stops on different days
  • regardless of whether the student rides to school only, from school only, or to and from school.

ISLA Transportation Boundary

Description

The ISLA Transportation Boundary has been drawn based on the geographical dispersal of current ISLA students. It has been arranged to be more central to the new school building location and to align with natural traffic barriers (i.e. highways). It is expected that the boundary will be revisited over time to reflect anticipated changes in the geographical dispersal of the future student body.

The ISLA Transportation Boundary includes students who live east and north of 494, west of 35W/94, and south of 55. This ISLA Transportation Boundary is indicated onthe below map in red. For informational purposes, the Edina District is indicated in green and the Hopkins District is indicated in blue. The ISLAschool building is the green pin.


Transportation Details

ISLA will provide bus service via Pride transportation company to students as described above. ISLA will notify families of their stops and approximate time of pick-up and drop-off about 2 weeks before school starts.Our 6th grade students assist our younger students on the bus. In the event that a student is acting in an inappropriate manner, the incident is reported by the bus driver to our dean of students, who will take necessary and timely action. 

If your child reports a problem to you, such as teasing, there are several steps you can take. First, help your child brainstorm ideas for handling the problem and offer lots of encouragement to try these ideas. Have your child talk to the driver about the situation. Finally, you may call the dean of students, and she will work with the students. If the problem affects the safety and well-being of others, it should be reported to the dean of students immediately by the student or parent. 

Please remember - bus transportation is a privilege, not a right. The privilege will be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. 

ISLA’s school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. Buses aim to arrive at ISLA by 8:45 am and buses aim to depart from ISLA at 4:00 pm.

Rules for good behavior on the bus are:

  • Enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner.
  • Remain seated until the bus stops.
  • Keep hands, feetand other body parts to yourself.
  • Use quiet voicesand speak respectfully.
  • Follow thedirections of the bus driver.
  • Students arerequired to ride to/from their assigned bus stop. If a student needs to ride adifferent route or get off at a different bus stop, the family must notify theschool and the change must be approved by administrationIf a child is ridinghome with a friend, the friend’s parent must also notify the school of theiragreement to the student getting off the bus with their child. 

Families of students who reside outside of the above-described transportation boundaries or who otherwise select not to ride the bus under any available scenario will provide their own transportation to ISLA.

If your student's bus is running late, you may check the parent app (details will be sent closer to the start of the school year).

If you have any questions, please email transportation@isla.school.