Bus Transportation General Information

  • What's New

    • Registration for the 2023-24 school year will be available mid-April. Please watch for an email or text notification from Olathe Public Schools.
    • Bus registration is completed through InTouch. Read the InTouch PDF instructions in English. Read the InTouch PDF instructions in Spanish.
    • Stopfinder free app for DS Bus Lines is now available! View bus routes and schedule updates in real time. Subscriptions will be sent to the primary guardian of all bus riders by the first week of August. View the English instructions video. Watch the Spanish instructions video. Textcaster will no longer be utilized for late bus notifications.
    • Bus route information will be provided by email and through Stopfinder from DS Bus Lines the first week of August to all families who register by July 22.

    Transportation Overview

    Annual bus registration is required for ALL general education students who plan to ride the bus. Open registration for the 2022-23 school year is from May 9 through July 22.

    Routes are built around those who have registered during the open registration period. Late registration may result in a delayed start date, increased walking distance to the bus stop, or placement on a wait list. Bus service is available on a first-come, first-serve, space-available basis.

    Olathe Public Schools currently provides free transportation for:

    • students who live 2.5 miles or more from school.
    • students attending a 21st Century Academy program outside of their normal home school boundaries.
    • students who qualify for the federal free and reduced-cost lunch program and meet mileage eligibility *parents must check the waiver box on the federal application stating that information may be shared with transportation.

    Bus transportation may be available on a payride basis for students who live less than 2.5 miles from school if there is an existing route in the area.

    Mileage Calculation

    All mileage is calculated by routing software which measures the shortest route from the student’s home to the school entrance in accordance with state guidelines. As technology advancements continually occur, mileage calculations may change. Likewise, when intersections, roadways and school driveways are updated or road construction occurs, mileage calculations are likely to change. Mileage calculations are determined for the upcoming school year by July 1 and will remain applicable for the entire school year. Changes to mileage that occur after July 1 will not apply until the next school year.

    Early Childhood and Special Services

    Students eligible for special education and early childhood transportation should submit an online request form to ensure routing is completed with the most up-to-date information available. Olathe Public Schools transportation office will prepare transportation within the school of attendance routing area and in accordance with a submitted transportation request.

    Provider Information

    Bus transportation in the Olathe Public Schools is provided under contract with DS Bus Lines and its team of dedicated driving professionals. For more information on service or employment opportunities, email DS Bus Lines at olathebus@dsbuslines.com or call 913-361-7400.

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