Transportation Request

Transportation

Transportation Offerings: 2021-2022 School Year

Strategic Alignment

#1 Greater Reach to Keep Enrollment Numbers High

  • Bring high quality IB and Immersion education closer to communities that don’t currently have alternative options and / or those where options are insufficient to serve the demand.
  • Provide transportation options to a larger proportion of current and would-be ISLA Families.
  • Make ISLA more attainable for families who want to enroll, but just can’t make the commitment to drive their student(s) to school every day.
  • Retain existing Hopkins’ students by providing bussing to them at no out-of-pocket charge for the students’ remaining years at ISLA.

#2 Increase Diversity in ISLA’s Lottery

  • Facilitate access to ISLA for families from a much broader geographical area. The proposed expansion of the bussing zone includes ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse areas.
  • Encourage more students from lower income families to apply to ISLA by, among other things, offering free transportation to those who qualify for free or reduced lunches.

 

Transportation Options by Scenario

Please find below how transportation will be made available for students who fall within each scenario. This new transportation policy will take effect from the point in time that ISLA moves into its new school building that is based in the Edina School District. The expectation is that ISLA will be housed in the new location starting in the Fall of 2021.

Edina In-district Residents

Edina is the public-school district within which ISLA will be located. As such, all ISLA students who reside in the Edina School District 2 miles or further from the ISLA school location will be eligible for free bus transportation.

The bus stops located within the Edina district will be neighborhood stops which means that bus stops will be within walking distance, generally within 7 blocks, from the student’s home and often closer. 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.

 
Non-District Resident Options

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

Any ISLA student who is not resident within the Edina School District may be 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.

  • Fee-Based Services within New Transportation Boundary

ISLA will newly offer fee-based bus transportation for students who reside outside of the Edina School District but within the New Transportation Boundary at the per student bus rate (see below). The New Transportation Boundary is defined below. The bus stops within the New Transportation Boundary will be neighborhood stops which means that bus stops will be within walking distance, generally within 7 blocks, from the student’s home and often closer.

Legacy Status of Hopkins Current Bus Riders

Given that Hopkins has been the resident school district for ISLA since its founding 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 in such families. “Hopkins Current Riders” means existing ISLA students who reside within the Hopkins School District and who rode the bus in the2019-2020 school year and/or the 2020-2021 school year. Siblings of Hopkins Current 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. It is ISLA’s intent that each Current 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 7 blocks, from the student’s home and often closer.

 

Hopkins District Resident Non-Riders & New Students

No legacy status applies under this policy to any Hopkins’ School District resident who newly enrolls at ISLA or to any existing ISLA student residing in the Hopkins’ School District who newly requires bus transportation in the 2021-2022 school year and thus such students will be eligible for fee-based bus transportation at the per student bus rate (see below). The bus stops within the New Transportation Boundary that are within the Hopkins district will be neighborhood stops which means that bus stops will be within walking distance, generally within 7 blocks, from the student’s home and often closer.

 

Legacy Status of Non-Hopkins Current Bus Riders

Current ISLA bus riders who do not live in the Hopkins School District and whose families have been privately transporting their child(ren) to an established bus stop within the Hopkins district (“Current Non-Hopkins Riders”) will be eligible for legacy status as bus riders and thus receive free bus transportation as described in this section. “Current Non-Hopkins Riders” means existing ISLA students who rode the bus in the 2019-2020 school year and/or the2020-2021 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 Current 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 “Edina Drive 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 busing boundary (i.e. Edina, New Transportation Boundary) the student must be privately transported to an established ISLA bus stop. If the student does not live within the busing boundary (i.e. Edina, New 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.

Mileage Reimbursement Program

Any ISLA student who qualifies as a member of a low-income family and does not live within the busing boundary (i.e. Edina, New 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.

 

Limited Transportation Scholarships

Any ISLA student who requires transportation to/from school, but paying for transportation would cause a hardship may apply for a transportation scholarship. Scholarships will be limited and will depend on available financing from the school and/or fundraising. If the student does not live within the busing boundary (i.e. Edina, New Transportation Boundary) the student must be privately transported to an established ISLA bus stop. If you would like more information about Transportation Scholarships or to apply, please email transportation@isla.school.

Special Education (SPED)

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

 

Fee-Based Transportation

ISLA will offer expanded transportation service based on a pay for service or fee-based transportation model. The fees collected will help defray the cost of transportation, however the per-student transportation fee is less than the cost of transporting a student, so ISLA will be required to financially subsidize transportation.

The 2021-2022 fee for bus riders will be $338.00 per student for the year with a maximum household rate of $676.00 per year. This equates to $1 per ride or $2 per school day. This is a flat rate regardless of whether

  • the rider lives within the New Transportation Boundary or is privately transported to an established stop
  • regardless of whether the student rides to school only, from school only, or to and from school.

New Transportation Boundary

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


Transportation Details 

ISLA will provide bus service via NorthStar Lines 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 aright. The privilege will be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior. 

Our school day begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m. 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, feet and other body parts to yourself.
  • Use quiet voices and speak respectfully.
  • Follow the directions of the bus driver.
  • Students are required to ride to/from their assigned bus stop. If a student needs to ride a different route or get off at a different bus stop, he/she must bring a note from his parents and have it approved by administration.

Families of students residing outside of the above-described transportation boundaries will provide their own transportation to ISLA, or to the nearest established bus stop.

If your student's bus is running late, you may check the parent app (details will be sent closer to the start of the 2021-2022 school year).

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