Frequently-Asked Questions about Busing
This page is designed to help students and families understand how transportation works at Draper Park Middle School. Below are some frequently asked questions about busing at our school.
Does my student qualify for busing?
First, search your address on the Canyons website: School Locator and Bus Eligibility Website
In accordance with state code and state funding, in order to qualify for busing, your student must meet one of the following criteria:
- Students in grades K-6 must live beyond 1.5 miles from their boundary school.
- Students in grades 7-12 grade must live beyond 2.0 miles from their boundary school.
- Students must not live along a “hazardous bus route” as determined by the Canyons Board of Education.
Students who attend DPMS on a permit do not qualify for busing.
The distances between individual homes and the school are determined according to state code (R277-600-4. Eligibility).
For approved walking routes, see this document: DPMS Walking Routes.
Space-available permits: Based on where we live, my student does not qualify for busing. How can I apply to get them a seat on the bus?
Please see the Canyons School District space-available permit announcement for full details and links to the online permit request tool.
Draper Park Middle School has a large student population, and as a result, most buses are operating at capacity. Safe bus capacity for middle school students is between 55-60 students. This year, social distancing requirements and health orders related to COVID-19 will also require consideration.
For families who would like to apply for a “space-available” permit, an individual must submit a request form using the district’s online tool starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020. (If you try to access the link before that time, you will receive a message stating the following: “At this time, we are not accepting applications for bus permits.”)
Paper forms will not be accepted. Families without computer or internet access at home may use the computers in the lobby of the school to help facilitate online registration. A link, flier, and additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.
To complete the form, you will need to know your student’s school ID number (the same as their lunch number) and your address as it appears in the Skyward system. Bus passes are issued according to the main address listed in the Skyward system.
Available spots will be given to those who submitted their applications first and are contingent on social-distancing guidelines.
I’ve applied for a space-available permit. When will I find out if my child will have a seat on a bus?
Families will be notified automatically during the month of September. Please contact the Transportation Department with further questions about the process: 801-826-5251.
My child would like to ride the bus home with a friend. Is that allowed? If so, how do I get a permission slip?
On a limited, case-by-case basis (usually once per school year), students may get permission to ride a bus home with a friend or relative. To obtain permission, the student must do the following:
- Speak to one of the secretaries in the main office and request a “one-time rider pass.”
- Know the bus number and name of the student they are riding with.
- Comply with all rules, regulations, and directions from the bus driver.
Why do the bus drivers at DPMS require students to have a bus pass?
Draper Park Middle School has a large student population, and as a result, most buses are operating at capacity. Safe bus capacity for middle school students is between 55-60 students.
In an effort to ensure that the eligible students assigned to the bus have a guaranteed seat on the bus, DPMS issues bus passes to students to help the drivers maintain a safe and orderly environment.
How do I find my student’s bus number, stop, and schedule for Monday through Thursday and for Friday?
First, enter your address on the Canyons website: School Locator and Bus Eligibility Website (Those links are currently broken but will be updated as soon as that information is available.)
If you want to see Friday’s route, you need to choose EDAY from the drop-down menu on the right before choosing “Go.”
Take note of the grade, as eligibility for 6th graders is different from 7th and 8th. If your student is eligible, you will be able to click on the school name to open the information about the specific route:
What should I do if a DPMS bus is late picking up my child?
If you believe the school bus is late picking up your child or has missed your child’s stop, please do the following:
- Call Canyons District Transportation at 801-826-5252 to report the problem and check on the status of the bus.
- Call Draper Park Middle School at 801-826-6900 to let a staff member know a bus is late. (Office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) There have been many times when a bus is late and we are not aware until a parent or community member has contacted us.
The transportation department will most likely advise students to stay at their stop until the bus arrives.
New as of 2019-2020, the district be notifying families whenever they expect a bus to be more than 15 minutes late. See this message below and flier from transportation for more information:
If a bus is running more than 15 minutes late, our Transportation Department will email or call you with information about the cause of the delay and expected time of arrival.
Parents can opt to receive these and other District alerts via text message. To add text messaging to your communications settings, log in to the Skyward Family Access portal and click on the Skylert menu item (located on the lower left side of your computer screen). Scroll down to the Text Message Numbers section to add your mobile numbers. Be sure to click the Emergency and General fields in order to receive all notifications. You can choose to receive texts, emails or phone calls, or any combination of the three. Need help? Call our Help Desk at 801-826-5544.
What are the rules on the school bus?
As an extension of the classroom, the following bus rules apply to all students:
- Student shall follow directions of the driver the first time given.
- Student shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
- Student shall wait in a safe place, clear of traffic and away from where the bus stops.
- Student shall wait in an orderly line and shall avoid horseplay.
- Student shall cross the road or street in front of the bus only after the bus has come to a complete stop and upon direction of the driver.
- Student shall go directly to an available or assigned seat when entering the bus.
- Student shall remain seated and keep aisles and exits clear.
- Student shall exhibit classroom conduct at all times.
- Student shall refrain from throwing or passing objects in, from or into buses.
- Student is permitted to carry only objects that can be held on his/her lap.
- Student shall not use profane language, obscene gestures, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or any other controlled substance in the bus.
- Student shall refrain from eating and drinking in the bus.
- Student shall not carry hazardous materials or non-service animals into the bus.
- Student shall respect the rights and safety of others.
- Student shall refrain from leaving or boarding the bus at locations other than the assigned stop.
- Student shall refrain from extending head, arms or objects out of the bus windows.
Students who do not follow these rules risk having their bus-riding privileges revoked.
For questions about busing at DPMS, please contact Assistant Principal Kristana Price
at 801-826-6914, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about issues related to late arrivals or departures, please contact
Canyons District Transportation Dispatch at 801-826-5252.