All Countryside students in kindergarten through grade 5 who live more than seven-tenths of a mile from school and who reside within the Countryside School district have bus transportation directly to and from school. (Students living closer could be bused if a walk would involve hazardous roadways.) Open enrollment students from other districts and students who live seven-tenths of a mile or less from school must furnish their own transportation.
Morning kindergarten students ride to school with older students at the beginning of the school day and return home on a bus for kindergartners only; afternoon kindergarten students are bused to school on a bus for kindergartners only and return home with the rest of the students at the end of the school day.
Bus assignments are mailed to students on postcards by the end of August each year. If you do not receive an assignment or have questions about a route, please call the Transportation Department at 952-848-4979. During the first two weeks of school, the bus drivers will ask riders to indicate their preferences for seating assignments. He/she will then create a reserved seating assignment for all students. Working with the students on the bus, the driver will periodically rearrange the reserved seating assignments.
One school bus is assigned to transport students to the Edina Community Center after school. Fourth and fifth graders who attend WISE Guys and other students who have registered for Community Education classes at the Community Center are allowed to ride this bus. Students who are not regular KIDS Club/WISE Guys riders must present a signed and dated note of permission from home (see next section) before boarding the bus.
Because of the large numbers of students on each bus, it has become necessary to eliminate rider transfers--students who are not regularly scheduled to ride that bus. The Transportation Safety Advisory Committee has made this recommendation for the safety of each student and to ensure that each student has a seat on the bus. State law mandates that ridership on a bus not exceed its capacity and many Edina buses operate at capacity. The primary objective is to prevent social activity rider transfers. This means that students will not be permitted to ride on another bus unless it is necessary for purposes (i.e. child care needs) that have been preapproved by the Supervisor of Transportation. Our goal is to provide a safe and effective transportation service, not to complicate transportation situations for families.
Bus drivers attempt to adhere closely to the printed times for stops but weather and traffic can create some variability. Students are urged to arrive at bus stops no more than five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
Because of the shortage of bicycle parking and safety concerns, only students in grades 3 through 5 are permitted to ride their bicycles to school. The bicycle racks are located in the corner of the playground. All bikes must be parked in the bike corral.
Most students who live seven-tenths of a mile or less from school walk to school. Some students who live on bus routes choose to walk or use in-line skates. In-line skates may be ridden to/from school but are NOT to be worn in or during school. Other shoes must be worn during the school day. Skateboards are NOT to be brought to school.
Countryside's Safety Patrol is a service activity open to all fourth and fifth grade students. They provide crossing supervision at street corners near the school and are under the direction of a teacher and paraprofessional. Participants are usually scheduled for a week at a time, rotating on a three week schedule. They must arrive early or stay late in order to provide this service. When the air temperature is -20 degrees or the Wind Chill Index is -30 degrees, we will not send the safety patrols out due to concerns for their safety.