Under state law, parents or legal guardians of students who are not eligible for district transportation are responsible for their student's travel to and from school. In 2020, the Edina School Board approved a pay-to-ride option for families in the non-transportation area. (Board Policy 713, Appendix I)
Families may register and pay for bus transportation by July 15 for service in the fall. The fee is $350 for the first student, with a family cap of $525.
There is limited space on some buses. Pay-to-ride students will be added to routes on a first come/first served basis determined by the timestamp on the paid registration. Fees would be refunded if the student count exceeds the occupancy limit on a bus and the student is not able to be added to a route.
Register for Pay-to-Ride
In order for a student to be assigned to a bus route this fall, registration and payment must be received by July 15.
- Pay-to-Ride registration for 2020-21 has closed for now. If ridership capacity allows, there may be another opportunity to register for this option in late September/early October.
Q. If I only want bus transportation for my student in the morning (or only afternoon) will I pay half the fee?
A. No, families who wish any amount of bus transportation will need to pay the full fee. We cannot prorate for morning/afternoon, days of the week or weeks of the year.
Q. What happens if my student is assigned to a bus in the fall, but the student count on the bus rises during the school year?
A. If at any time the student count exceeds the capacity limit, the pay-to-ride service would be cancelled based on last assigned/first off, until such time that space is again available. The district will prorate reimbursement to the parent/guardian based on the number of days the contract was in effect.
Q. What if transportation does not start on time in fall 2020, or service is interrupted due to the COVID pandemic?
A. If bus transportation does not begin in the fall, or is interrupted for a period of a month or more, due to directives by the Governor and/or the Minnesota Department of Health or Department of Education, the pay-to-ride fee would be prorated per month with a refund of $40 per month.
Q. Can I get a refund if I cancel bus transportation service part way through the year?
A. Refunds will be provided only if the student moves out of the district.
Q. Will we be reimbursed for snow days or days that my child is absent from school and does not ride the bus?
A. The school district will not reimburse the parent/guardian for days the student is absent, suspended from transportation services or for emergency school closings, etc.