Transportation

Bus Delays/Alerts:

January 26th PM:

Bus 07 is experiencing a 10-minute delay.

This is a group B week for the rolling suspensions.

With the cold weather upon us, your student’s bus could experience a delay this morning. You will be able to track your student’s bus delay through the Edulog-Parent Portal app, Facebook, or our district website. Please do not leave your child unattended at their bus stop.

 

2021-22 HPS Bus Schedule

This fall Helena Public Schools has struggled – like schools across Montana and the nation – to staff our bus routes amidst an unprecedented shortage of drivers. Despite extensive recruitment efforts, our district continues to lack drivers for approximately 15 of our 68 bus routes.

We have managed the shortage so far this fall by temporarily doubling up some bus routes. As a result, some kids are spending well over an hour on the bus, which is not fair to them and their families. Other districts in Montana have canceled some bus routes altogether for the remainder of the year – another option that puts undue hardship on some families.

Instead, we’re asking families to help each other out as we develop long-term solutions.

Beginning Monday, November 15, Helena Public Schools will move to a new busing schedule with rolling bus route suspensions for the remainder of the year. This means we’re asking parents, with the exception of special ed bus routes, to transport their students to and from school approximately one week a month (every fourth week in a four-week rotation).

What to know

Helena Public Schools will move to a new schedule with rolling bus route suspensions for the remainder of the year.

Parents will be responsible for transporting their student/s to and from school approximately one week a month (every fourth week in a four-week rotation). Families with two or more students who ride different bus routes – for example, an elementary student and a middle school student – may need to provide transportation for each of those routes during different weeks.

In most cases, bus route assignment numbers and bus stops will return to those used before the COVID-19 pandemic, however some may change.

We’re asking parents to take two steps as soon as possible:

  • Please check here for your child’s bus route assignment for the new schedule beginning Nov. 15.
    Please note:- The Parent Portal App on your phone does not reflect the new schedule beginning Nov. 15. The Parent Portal App shows your child’s current bus schedule and will be updated with the new schedule on Nov. 15- Overflow students and courtesy riders: For your bus route assignment changes, please contact the HPS Transportation Department as soon as possible at 324-2100 or transportation@helenaschools.org.

  • Please check your child’s bus route suspension dates here and make plans to transport them to and from school during your bus route suspension weeks.

If you would like to be reimbursed for your transportation costs you must:

  • Be registered for bus service via the Parent Portal
  • Use bus service at least 8 times a month for full-reimbursement and 7 or fewer times a month for partial reimbursement
  • Complete a Family Transportation Contract and a Form W-9, both of which are available here
    • Due to the increase in Family Transportation contracts received, we have extended our deadline to February 1st, 2022.


Please note that reimbursement is not available for courtesy riders.

Read the full announcement from HPS Transportation Director Tom Cohn

Route Suspension FAQ

 

Please contact First student at (406)227-7400 if you are trying to locate your student’s bus.