Kindergarten and 1st Grade Escort and Opt out

Currently the Helena Public Schools Transportation Department requires that kindergarten and 1st grade students be met at their afternoon school bus stop by a parent or legal guardian for their safety.

If a parent or legal guardian is not present at the time of your child’s stop, she/he will not be let off the bus. First Student Dispatch will attempt to contact you and inform you of when the bus will return to your child’s designated stop. If you are not present when the bus returns, your child will be taken to the nearest SACC program. You will be notified where to pick-up your child and will have to pay for the SACC services.

Parents may request someone else be present by filling out the escort portion of the Opt-out/Escort Permission Form.

Parents may opt out of this requirement by filling out the opt-out  portion of the Opt-out/Escort Permission Form.


Escort and Opt-Out

There is also an Escort and Opt-out program for kindergarten and 1st grade parents to utilize after school. The program was created to ensure the safe delivery of our most vulnerable student population. A parent or a designated individual is required to escort all kindergarten and first grade students’ home, unless an opt-out form is on file.

It is my understanding that Helena Public Schools has a procedure that requires a parent/legal guardian to meet kindergarten and first grade students at the afternoon bus stop daily in an effort to enhance the safety and security of the most vulnerable student’s population. This procedure doesn’t meet with my personal needs or desires, therefore I would like to exercise my parental rights and allow my kindergarten and/or first grade child to

a) Escort-be met by one of the following people (please indicate relationship and if person selected rides same bus)


b) Opt-Out to be let off the bus without having a parent/legal guardian or designated person present

(Please note, multiple submissions will not result in in multiple escorts being named for your child(ren). Each Permission Letter supersedes the previously submitted form.)