Monday Oct. 3, 2022
Bus 20 is experiencing a 15 minute delay.
Bus 21 is experiencing a 10 minute delay.
Dear Helena Public Schools Families,
As I shared with you in July, our transportation contractor, First Student, has worked throughout the summer to address the shortage of bus drivers that continues to challenge school districts in Montana and across the nation. While we were hopeful that this summer’s robust recruitment campaign would enable us to start the school year with all routes staffed, we do not yet have enough drivers to return to a normal bus schedule.
As a result, we will begin the 2022-23 school year with a four-week rotation bus schedule similar to last year’s. We are deeply grateful for your cooperation as we work through this extended staffing challenge, which is affecting employers throughout our community.
If you plan to use bus service this fall, please see the details below on how to confirm your student/s rotation week/s and for information on transportation reimbursement.
If you plan to use bus service during the 2022-23 school year but have not yet registered, please see the late registration instructions below and register your student as soon as possible.
I would again like to thank you for your help as our community navigates this ongoing challenge. Together with First Student, we continue to recruit drivers, with the goal of returning to a normal bus schedule before the holidays.
We look forward to serving your family.
Tom Cohn, Transportation Director
Helena Public Schools
If you plan to use bus service this fall, please confirm your student/s rotation week/s: 2022-23 Bus Rotation Schedule
If you would like to be reimbursed for your transportation costs, you must:
• Register you student/s for bus service via the Edulog parent portal app
• Use bus service at least 8 times a month for full-reimbursement and 7 or fewer times a month for partial reimbursement
• Complete a 2022-23 Family Transportation Contract
• Submit a Form W-9 (Families that participated in the reimbursement program last year do not need to submit an additional W-9)
Please note that all documents required for reimbursement must be submitted before Nov. 1. Reimbursement is not available for courtesy riders.
Bus registrations are now open for the 2022-23 school year. A new registration must be submitted for each of your student/s every fall through the Edulog parent portal app or in-person at our district Transportation Office.
Finalized bus assignments as well as pick-up and drop-off times are now available through the Edulog parent portal app
Bus pass swipe cards will be handed out by drivers the first week of bus service.
If you missed the deadline to submit a bus registration for your student for the 2022-23 school year, your child will be placed in pending status as soon as we receive your registration via the Edulog parent portal app. Please allow 4-6 business days to process your late registration.
If your student is eligible for transportation, they can still ride the bus after following a few simple steps:
Please note that registration in the Edulog parent portal app is a two-step process.
Enter your child’s profile and information. Your student’s name will be marked “approved status” when this step is completed. Please proceed to Step 2.
Submit your student’s registration using the request tab in the lower right-hand corner.
If your child lives in two residences, a registration form must be submitted for each location. Please follow up with a message in your registration stating that your student has two residences. You can also email email@example.com to inform us about the two-residence registration.
If you’ve had a change of address, please contact your child’s school first so they can enter the change into PowerSchool before registering for bus service. We will not be able to process your registration until PowerSchool has been updated with your new address.
All students who are registered for bus service will receive a free bus swipe card for the 2022-23 school year. Bus passes will be distributed by bus drivers the first week of school. We will provide one free replacement card if a student loses their issued bus card. All replacement cards after your student’s second issued card will have a $5 replacement fee.
The opt-in program for kindergarten, 1st grade, and SPED students is available. See https://helenaschools.org/departments/transportation/kindergarten-and-1st-grade-escort-and-opt-out/ for more information.
With Transportation questions, please contact us at (406) 324-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact First student at (406)227-7400 if you are trying to find the location of your student’s bus.