Bus Information

FREQUENTLY-ASKED TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS: 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 DPMS.

Does my student qualify for busing?

First, use these helpful hints to search your address on the Canyons website: School Locator and Bus Eligibility Website

In accordance with state law, 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 live near 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 by the Canyons District Transportation Department using approved walking routes according to the school SNAP plan. (See approved walking routes here.)

Canyons School District Board Policy 300.6 – Student Transportation

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, 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 students assigned to the bus have a seat on the bus, DPMS issues bus passes to students to help the drivers maintain a safe and orderly environment on the bus.

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:

  1. Call Canyons District Transportation at 801-826-5252 to report the problem and check on the status of the bus.
  2. Call Draper Park Middle School at 801-826-6900 to let a staff member know a bus is late. 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.

Draper Park Middle School will do everything it can reasonably do to communicate with parents about buses picking up students late or leaving the school late.

Based on where we live, my student does not qualify for busing. How can I apply to get them a seat on the bus?

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.

For families who would like to apply for a “space-available” permit, an individual must complete a space-available bus permit request form on Monday, August 5, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Draper Park Middle School.

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. We can only issue a bus pass for the main address listed in the Skyward system.

At this time there is no online form; the application must be a paper copy completed and submitted to the school. These forms will not be available before Monday, August 5 at 8:00 a.m. Seats are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the number of seats available. Several of our buses will not have seats available as a result of our large student population.

Visit this website for more information from Canyons School District’s transportation department.

I’ve applied for a space-available permit. When will I find out if my child will have a seat on a bus?

The space-available permit requests are due to the Canyons School District Transportation Department on August 30. Parents will be notified of the status of their application by September 16. In the meantime, families are responsible for providing or arranging transportation for their children to and from school.

Visit this website for more details about the process from Canyons School District’s transportation department.

What are the rules on the school bus?

  1. Student shall follow directions of the driver the first time given.
  2. Student shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
  3. Student shall wait in a safe place, clear of traffic and away from where the bus stops.
  4. Student shall wait in an orderly line and shall avoid horseplay.
  5. 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.
  6. Student shall go directly to an available or assigned seat when entering the bus.
  7. Student shall remain seated and keep aisles and exits clear.
  8. Student shall exhibit classroom conduct at all times.
  9. Student shall refrain from throwing or passing objects in, from or into buses.
  10. Student is permitted to carry only objects that can be held on his/her lap.
  11. Student shall not use profane language, obscene gestures, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or any other controlled substance in the bus.
  12. Student shall refrain from eating and drinking in the bus.
  13. Student shall not carry hazardous materials or non-service animals into the bus.
  14. Student shall respect the rights and safety of others.
  15. Student shall refrain from leaving or boarding the bus at locations other than the assigned stop.
  16. 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 kristana.price@canyonsdistrict.org.

For questions about issues related to late arrivals or departures, please contact
Canyons District Transportation Dispatch at 801-826-5252.

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