Questions regarding busing can be relayed to Cologne Transportation Services (CTS) 952-873-6123.
Bus Fee and Payment Schedule
The cost for out-of-district students/families riding the Cologne Academy bus will be as follows:
Full School Year (9 months):
- $360 for school year (per family)
- Families who qualify according to the federal poverty guidelines, may submit an application to have the fee waived. This is only necessary for out-of-district residents.
- There is no charge for students in the Norwood Young America (ISD #108) school district.
Second and Third Trimester only:
- Families who opt to enroll in the bus program after the end of the first trimester will be charged $250.
The entire fee is due by August 20, 2019 unless an alternative payment plan has been authorized by the director. No student will be allowed to ride the bus without payment. Checks should be made out to Cologne Academy.
- All fees must be paid in full to receive a seat on the bus.
- Students are transported to one location only.
- There are no discounts for part time riders.
The following income levels will be used as criteria for receiving a reduced bus fee:
|Household size||Total Annual Household Income|
|*each additional family member||$4,420|
|*annual income levels effective 07/01/2019 – 06/30/20|
Refunds are only available within the first ten days of school. After that, no refunds will be made.
Fuel Escalation Surcharge: School reserves the right to increase fee should vendor impose a fuel surcharge due to the volatility of fuel costs.
Bus routes: Our goal is to keep all bus rides to 60 minutes or less, weather and traffic permitting. In order to do so, your route is likely to change from year to year so that all can have a reasonable ride time. As a public charter school, Cologne Academy has no official district boundaries. This means that all can attend Cologne Academy, no matter where you live, as long as Cologne Academy has a seat available. Since there are no district boundaries for our district (4188), we have families that reside in Glencoe to Eden Prairie, Mound to Shakopee, Lester Prairie to Belle Plaine and those whom reside closer to Cologne in Waconia, Norwood Young America, and other towns. Cologne Transportation Services (CTS) uses their software program to create routes (same computer program as large districts like 112 and 110). Cologne Academy transportation was initially created to operate as a hub system with convenient, centrally-located stops within communities. We do not guarantee a stop within walking distance of your home. Please consider that your child may ride the bus for an hour to and from school if you choose to use Cologne Academy transportation. You will need to accompany your child in grades K-5 to the bus stop and be present to pick your child up from the bus as well. Students in grade K-6 can expect to sit three to a seat. We plan for students in grade 7-8 sit two to a seat.
In addition, CTS will be enforcing the rule of transporting to one location only. Cologne Academy and CTS are not a private drive service. Like all bus runs, the bus routes are filled to bus capacity. CTS cannot amend early releases to friend’s homes or Friday night birthday parties. The liability for ridership is too great. Please plan accordingly.
Bus riding conduct: As parent/guardian it is your responsibility to supervise the bus stop to ensure safety. Many times this means beyond the vantage point of your kitchen window. Students are expected to be visible at the designated bus stop and ready to board the bus 5 minutes prior to the established bus stop time.
All riders will be required, with their parents, to sign off on bus behavior expectations. This is the only part of the day that some students do not display the PRIDE Star behavioral expectations. Parental support is essential when corrective measures are put in place, as discipline matters need to be corrected immediately for the safety of all bus passengers. Unsafe, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Drivers will enforce bus rules while encouraging positive behavior expectations. Bus conduct violations may be communicated via Bus Conduct Reports and/or email or phone communications from Cologne Academy or CTS. Bus conduct Reports may hold the following consequences:
First Report = Warning
Second Report = Up to 5 Days Loss of Riding Privilege
Third Report = Loss of Riding Privilege Remainder of the Year
While we understand this is an inconvenience to you, know that student bus suspensions/loss of riding privileges are due to behaviors that would not be tolerated in your own vehicle. Bus ridership can be suspended or revoked, without prior warnings, if a student’s actions deem it necessary.
Cologne Academy Busing Policies and Procedures
The purpose of this policy is to provide for the transportation of students consistent with the requirements of law.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. It is the policy of the school district to provide for the transportation of students in a manner which will protect their health, welfare and safety.
B. The school district recognizes that transportation is a privilege and not a right for an eligible student.
A. Upon the request of a parent or guardian, the school district shall provide transportation to and from school, at the expense of the school district, for all resident students (reside within district 108) who reside two miles or more from the school or if they have to cross an unsafe area to get to school, except for those students whose transportation privileges have been revoked or have been voluntarily surrendered by the student’s parent or guardian.
IV. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES
Transportation shall be provided on all regularly scheduled school days or make-up days.
V. MANNER OF TRANSPORTATION
The scheduling of routes, establishment of the location of bus stops, manner and method of transportation, control and discipline of school children and any other matter relating thereto shall be within the sole discretion, control and management of the school board and the transportation provider.
VI. RESTRICTIONS AND Training
Transportation by the school district is a privilege and not a right for an eligible student. A student’s eligibility to ride a school bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or conduct policies, or violation of any other law governing student conduct on a school bus pursuant to the school district’s discipline policy and subject to the provisions of Federal and State statutes.
A. The school district may charge fees for transportation of students to and from school when authorized by law. If the school district charges fees for transportation of students to and from school, guidelines shall be established for that transportation to ensure that no student is denied transportation solely because of inability to pay.
|VIII. CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOR A. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. The school’s general student behavior rules are in effect for all students on school buses. B. Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school. In addition, all school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school’s executive director. Serious misconduct may be reported to local law enforcement.|
- School Bus and Bus Stop Rules.
The school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus:
- The bus driver is the responsible authority on the bus.
- Students will board and leave the buses only at specifically designated stops.
- Students will remain at a safe distance from the bus when buses are arriving or departing from their stops.
- Pick-up times are established, and students will be waiting 5 minutes before pick up time at designated stops.
- Students will go directly to their seats. Students will stay seated when the bus is moving.
- Backpacks, musical instruments, and other large items must be handled by students in such a way as to not come into contact with other students or obstruct the aisles.
- For safety and cleanliness, gum, food, and drink are prohibited.
- Only authorized students may ride the buses. Non-regular riders must secure written permission to ride a specific bus.
- Drivers will assign seats to all students. Students will remain seated at all times. Drivers and administrators may make specific seat assignments.
- When crossing a road, whether boarding or leaving a bus, students will walk in front of the bus after the driver signals that it is safe to cross.
- Students will not engage in noisy or boisterous conduct which might distract the driver.
- Students will not use profane or indecent language.
If these rules are broken, the school’s discipline procedures are to be followed. Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to an appropriate school official.
2. Rules at the Bus Stop
a. The school bus driver will generally not wait for late students.
b. Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.
c. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
d. Use appropriate language.
e. Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.
f. Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.
g. After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.
h. If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.
i. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
j. No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
3. Rules on the Bus
a. Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
b. Sit in your seat facing forward.
c. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
d. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
e. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
f. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
g. Do not throw any object.
h. No eating, drinking, or use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
i. Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on the school bus.
j. Do not damage the school bus.
a. Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all routes. Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extracurricular events (for example, field trips) will be in the sole discretion of the school. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges. The school’s disciplinary code will be consulted for all decisions regarding consequences. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school also may result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.
Students damaging school buses will be responsible for the damages. Failure to pay such damages (or make arrangements to pay) within two weeks may result in the loss of bus privileges until damages are paid.
In cases involving criminal conduct (for example, assault, weapons, possession or vandalism), the appropriate school personnel and local law enforcement officials will be informed.
IX. PARENT AND GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT
A. Parent and Guardian Notification
Parents and guardians are asked to review appropriate bus behaviors with their children.
B. Parents/Guardians Responsibilities for Transportation Safety
Parents/Guardians are responsible to:
1. Become familiar with school rules, policies, regulations, and the principles of school bus safety, and thoroughly review them with their children;
2. Support safe riding and walking practices, and recognize that students are responsible for their actions;
3. Communicate safety concerns to their school administrators;
4. Monitor bus stops;
5. Have their children to the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives, properly dressed for the weather; and
6. Have a plan in case the bus is late.
X. SCHOOL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
A. If possible, school bus drivers or their supervisors shall call 911 or the local emergency phone number in the event of a serious emergency.
B. Emergency Health Information shall be maintained on the school bus for students requiring special transportation service because of their handicapping condition.
The information shall state:
1. the pupil’s name and address;
2. the nature of the pupil’s disabilities;
3. emergency health care information; and
4. the names and telephone numbers of the pupil’s physician, parents, guardians, or custodians, and some person other than the pupil’s parents or custodians who can be contacted in case of an emergency.