Falls Schools contracts with Johnson Bus to provide transportation for students.
The State of Wisconsin mandates that any student living beyond 2 miles of their attending school will have transportation provided by the school district. Here at Falls Schools, it's a little different.
For elementary students (4K-5):
Students that live outside of a 1-mile radius will be bussed.
For middle and high school students (6-12):
Students that live outside of a 2-mile radius will be bussed.
Please review the additional guidelines and eligibility information below. For questions or to set up non-mandated busing, please call our transportation department at 262-250-8851.
Wisconsin Statutes Section 121.54 requires school boards to provide transportation to and from public schools to all resident pupils living more than two miles from the nearest public school they are entitled to attend. Wisconsin Statutes Section 121.54(2)(b)(1) requires a school district to transport a resident pupil to and from a private school: (1) if that student lives within the attendance area of that private school, and (2) if that private school is situated within the public school district or not more than five miles beyond the boundaries of the school district, measured along the usually traveled route. The two-mile limit applies to both public and private schools. However, in 1962, the electors of the school district voted to change this distance to one mile for elementary students (Pre-kindergarten to fifth grade). This distance can only be changed by a vote of the electors at the Annual Meeting or at a Special Meeting called for this purpose. The need to draw a line at one or two miles leads to one of the most frequent concerns raised by parents each year: “Why can’t my child ride the bus? We live next door to, three houses from, a block away from, a student who does qualify for transportation.” The School Board’s Finance & Auxiliary Services Committee has stressed the importance of adhering strictly to the State Statute to assure equitable provision of transportation services. One question asked each year comes from parents of fifth graders concerned about whether their student(s) will continue to receive transportation when they attend North Middle School as a sixth grader. As I mentioned above, the distance for determining transportation increases from one to two miles in sixth grade. We have provided North Middle School with a broad outline in the form of a map to help them answer this question. We have created a database of district addresses with transportation eligibility references for each school to assist in answering this and many other questions.
Public and private school students who otherwise walk to school must receive transportation service if the walking route is considered by the County Sheriff’s Department to contain ”unusual hazards”. State law provides that the County Sheriff, at the request of a school district, is responsible for determining whether “unusual hazards” exist within a school district. The school district forwards written requests for an evaluation to the County Sheriff who observes the area in question, consults with the local police department and others who may have pertinent information. The sheriff files a written report with the school district and the Department of Public Instruction. The school district sends a copy of the report to the party requesting it. The results of the evaluation may be appealed to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Unusually hazardous conditions may be more or less permanent, such as crossing Appleton Avenue at places other than where there is a crossing guard (elementary students) or temporary, such as the road and sewer construction on major streets. Temporary routes and stops are established to provide a safe means for students to travel to and from school. Once construction is finished all such routes and stops will be eliminated. Whenever new construction is begun, adjustments to routes and stops will be made once again, when necessary.
As mentioned earlier, public school districts are required to provide transportation service to resident students attending private schools if the private school is located within the school district or within five miles of the school district’s boundaries, measured along the usually traveled route. In addition, the resident student must live within the attendance area of that private school. Attendance area boundaries are determined by each private school. Wisconsin Statute 121.51(1) defines attendance areas and the impact they have on the provision of transportation services by public school districts. When the attendance areas of two or more private parochial schools of the same denomination overlap, state law requires the school board and the private schools to determine which school will receive transportation service in that overlapping area. Students, although living outside a private school’s attendance area, may receive transportation service to that private school under the school district’s Non-Mandated Transportation policy, discussed later.
a) Transportation eligibility is based on home residence.
b) Provider must be within school’s attendance area and on an existing route.
c) Pick-up and drop-off locations must be on the same bus route, in a consistent, every day pattern.
d) If home and provider are not on the same route, transportation will only be available to one or the other. Why? A seat would be required on two bus routes for each such situation. In our district that would mean three or four additional buses each day at a cost of $17,000 to $20,000 each.
e) There are other aspects of this service that can be discussed by contacting your child’s school or the Transportation Office.
a) One or both homes must be eligible for transportation service.
b) If both homes are eligible, one must be designated as the primary residence.
c) Transportation to the non-primary residence may be provided on an existing route, at an existing stop if space is available. In this case, seats are made available on two bus routes, if possible.
d) Schedule must be on a consistent, everyday pattern.
Non-Mandated Transportation Service
a) Service is available to students not otherwise eligible, for a fee designated in Wisconsin State Statutes. The fee is the school district’s average transportation cost per eligible rider.
b) Service is available only on existing routes and at existing stops. No additional routes or stops will be added.
c) Space must be available on the requested route.
d) Applications may be obtained at all School Offices, our District Office, or by clicking on Transportation on the left menu bar at www.sdmfschools.org.
e) They will be available in August of each year.
a) When a private school is eligible to receive transportation service and the cost of providing that service exceeds one and one-half times the public school district’s average cost, the public school district may fulfill its obligation for transportation service by offering a contract to parents of eligible students. Under this contract the public school district pays the parent its average cost, as defined in State Statutes, to provide the transportation.
Chapter 220 Transportation
a) Transportation for Milwaukee students participating in the Chapter 220 program and attending school in Menomonee Falls is the sole responsibility of Milwaukee Public Schools. During the course of each school year a number of questions arise about the transportation services provided by the School District of Menomonee Falls. I hope I have answered many of them. If you have questions, please contact your school of attendance or the Transportation Office at (262) 250-8851.
Due to the fact that there are many requests for transportation changes to accommodate important family schedules, the following information is for all who use the bus system to help ensure the safety of all students.
- Requests for transportation to/from childcare providers will be considered based on space availability on the appropriate bus route, and on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the student is eligible for busing.
- The childcare provider must be located on an existing bus route. Routes will not be extended or altered to accommodate requests. The provider’s address must be within the boundary limits for the school in attendance and outside of the one-mile limit for elementary students (4K-5) and two- mile limit for grades 6-12.
- Pick-up and drop-off locations may be provided to both home and day care providing that both stops are on the same bus route and in a consistent everyday pattern.
- Initial requests for transportation to/from a childcare provider must be received in writing at the child’s school by August 15, 2017. Requests received after August 15, 2017 may not take effect until after the start of school.
- After school begins, all requests for changes must be received in writing, and may take ONE WEEK FROM THE DATE OF RECEIPT to process. We will only process transportation changes from parent/guardian requests (not from day care providers).
- All requests must be renewed each school year.
- Each bus route is planned to provide service to a maximum number of pupils with the fewest stops, within the time period available. Stops are generally placed at intersections to maximize safety and minimize disruption of traffic.
- Pick-up and drop-off stops are at corners. Parents are responsible for their children until they board the bus before school and once the bus has delivered them to the designated drop-off location at the end of the day. Riders are advised to be at their corner stop at least five minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time.
- Designated corner stops may be up to ¼ mile from students’ residence for elementary students (4K-5) and up to ½ mile from students’ residence for secondary students (6-12).
- Students must be eligible for busing based on home residence or may apply for the non-mandated transportation service.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please call your school building office or the District Transportation Office at (262) 250-8851
The Versatrans E-link system is secure and password protected, with authorized users having access only to data relevant to their student’s status.
E-link provides parents/guardians access to information quickly over the web whenever needed. New families can find out whether their child(ren) should walk or ride, the location of bus stops, and pickup and drop-off times. Better access to information to serve students and parents.
Please note: Bus Route Letters will NOT be mailed home. If you do not have access to a computer please contact your school office or log on at your child’s registration event.
Bus Lookup System
Step 1: Enter your home phone number (without dashes, we had a software update) for your User ID and Password (example: 2622554444)
Step 2: Click on “Work with Students”
Step 3: Click on “View My Students” (and you will see your student(s)). After logging the 1st time you will be prompted to change your password. (Optional)
Step 4: To PRINT, click on the “Display PDF” (in the upper left hand corner and print).
Each of our Elementary schools have a walking radius of 1 mile. Students that live within that one mile radius are walkers. Students outside of that radius are bussed.
At our Middle and High schools, there is a walking radius of 2 miles. Students that live within that two mile radius are walkers. Students outside of that radius are bussed.
There are also situations regarding what is considered a "dangerous intersection" that would make a child bussed even if they live within the radius. That is determined on a case-by-case basis.