Transportation

Great River School's policy is to transport students to and from school in a safe and economical matter. There are two forms of transportation available to students residing 2 or more miles from the school: School Bus for elementary students and Metro Transit for adolescent students. 

School Bus (Elementary)

Great River School partners with Twin Cities German Immersion Charter School to provide bus transportation for students in grades 1-6. In 2018-19, we will provide service through 4 separate bus routes.

Click HERE to review a preliminary map with marked bus stops and morning and afternoon times. 

Once you have identified the stop you will use, fill out THIS FORM. In order to finalize these routes with our bus contractor, we ask that families commit to riding the bus this fall by Friday, August 24th. 

Please note the following parameters of our bus routes:

  • The GRS School Board authorizes the transporting of elementary students living within St. Paul School District and more than 2 miles from the school. 
  • Transportation may be provided to students who live within two miles of school when the walk path exhibits a qualifying hazard as determined by the transportation supervisor.  
  • Our goal is to get within 2 miles of St. Paul residents who require transportation. This means parents often drive or walk 1-2 miles to drop their students off at the bus stop.
  • While we are required to provide service to elementary families in Saint Paul, we provide some satellite stops to the north and along the east side of Minneapolis. Because of our large bus service area, routes may be long. 
  • Please note, adolescents must have an approved exception to ride the school bus (which will only be granted if there is room on the requested bus).  We provide Metro Transit passes for adolescent student transportation. Please contact Stacey Kreger (skreger@greatriverschool.org) with your student's name, grade, and bus stop if you have questions or want to be considered for an exception.

If you have an elementary student, live in Saint Paul and at least 2 miles from the school, but do not see a stop within 2 miles of your address, please let me know.  We will work with families that require transportation and meet these criteria to find a transportation solution.

The bus company we contract with is JME.  You can contact the Dispatch number if you have a concern about your child's location: 612-208-0237. After school hours, the best way to contact the school regarding bussing concerns is to call the school and navigate to the emergency line (press *) or email office@greatriverschool.org with URGENT in the subject line.


Metro Transit (Adolescent)

For adolescent students living more than 2 miles from Great River School, the school funds Metro Transit cards to provide transportation to and from school. There are two card options for eligible students: Student Passes and 10-Ride Cards.

  • Student Passes: A Student Pass is a durable, plastic pre-paid fare card that allows for unlimited rides on city buses and light rail to and from school instead of riding the traditional yellow school bus.  The cards can be used after school hours for other student activities.  
  • Go-To lite Card (10-Rides): A Go-To lite Card works like a Go-To Card except it is disposable. Touch the card to a reader on a bus or at a light-rail station and it automatically deducts one ride. Transfers are embedded on the card. Go-To lite Cards with 10 rides are not valid on express buses during rush hours or Northstar for any portion of the fare.

General Eligibility Requirements for both Student Pass and 10-Ride:

  • Grades 7 - 12 (or have an older sibling in those grades that they will ride Metro Transit with)
  • Must live at least 2 miles from school

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Student Pass

  • Must use at least twice a day four days a week (8 times a week)
  • Must read and sign the Metro Transit Code of Conduct

Application

To receive a Metro Transit Card from Great River School, a student must complete the Metro Transit Application.  The school will process each application to verify eligibility before a student is issued a Metro Transit Card. 

Replacement

  • Student Pass: Should a student lose their Student Pass, they should notify the front office immediately so that the card can be deactivated.  The student may receive a replacement Student Pass if they pay a $10 replacement fee. 
  • 10-Ride Card: Fully used 10-Ride Cards may be returned to the front office to receive a replacement.  Students will not receive a replacement of a 10-Ride Card without returning a used card.  In the case of a lost 10-Ride Card, a student may purchase a new card for $15.  Subsequent cards will continue to be at no cost as long as the student returns a used card. 

Questions about transportation options? Contact Director of Administration Stacey Kreger at skreger@greatriverschool.org.