• Transportation Department

    Our Mission

    To provide the district with quality transportation service that is safe, professional and cost-effective so that the students we serve enhance their educational journey.

    Transportation is responsible for coordinating bus routes throughout the 252 square mile District and scheduling students for school bus service. The District services approximately 5,200 students and over 16 schools/programs. The District includes the entire City of Cambridge and Isanti as well as many smaller communities.  

    Bus Stop Information

    Bus stop information is available on Family Access approximately one week before school begins and is updated on Family Access throughout the year. To register for Family Access, locate Family Access on the Quick Link above and follow the procedures indicated. The Bus Schedule tab is found on the student information page for each student in Family Access.

    Stops other than you home address need to be requested by completing the Alternate Site Change Request form located as a link to the left. Scheduling may take up to 5 school days. 

    *Please note: If you have moved and have a change of address, contact your school office to make the correct changes before contacting the Transportation Department. An alternate site request is not needed.*

    Buildings/Programs Served

    The Cambridge-Isanti Schools Transportation Department serves all public and non-public schools within the district boundaries.  This includes the transportation of prek-12 students enrolled in one of Cambridge-Isanti Schools/programs and students who are enrolled at the Arts and Science Academy Charter School, Cambridge Christian School, and St. Scholastica Academy.

    COVID-19 Information

    Due to health and safety precautions, routes have been rerouted to successfully eliminate the Hub transfer system.

    • Families have been surveyed and about 50% have indicated they will transport their own children, so we expect to achieve physical distancing on our buses.
    • To accommodate this change, start times have shifted slightly.

    September 9, 2020 Update:

    As we communicated in mid-August, our Return to Learn plan required us to make significant changes to our Transportation system this year. To provide a safe environment for transporting our students during the COVID pandemic, we needed to reroute all buses and eliminate our hub transfer. In addition to this challenge, we needed to do so in a very short time frame - approximately 2 weeks. (School districts typically take several months to change transportation systems.) We understand that these changes lengthened bus routes for all of our drivers and students. However, the transfer system we had in place was out of compliance with Department of Health guidelines that prohibit congregating among large groups. The current alternative was by far the best option among the choices available and within the condensed time frame.

    The decision to change to this model was based on three guiding principles:

    1. Health and Safety of Students and Staff:  We could not operate a traditional hub-and-spoke system and transfer 2,000 students per site while maintaining safe physical distancing standards required to protect our students and staff. This transfer system also did not allow for any contact tracing standards, which are required by MDH. 
    2. Impact on Parents & Families - Last November (pre-COVID), our district had conducted an extensive transportation study and considered other transportation alternatives such as a two-tiered system. The other alternatives would have significantly changed all school start/end times, with little advance notice to families, and placed some family members on different schedules and buses. The system also needed to be utilized for all learning models without changes to student schedules or bus routes. 
    3. Financial Constraints - The district has cut $7.5 million over the last two years. We simply do not have the financial resources to purchase additional buses and hire more bus drivers required to add additional routes. We needed to find the most efficient solution within existing budget constraints.

    To accomplish this large-scale change in a tight time-frame, we partnered with K-12 Transportation (CESO), the same group that had conducted our 2019 Transportation Study, to provide expedited routing services. 

    We recognize that routes for some students are longer than anyone would like. There were no better options given our current circumstances, but we are thankful and proud of our entire transportation department for stepping up to the challenge and successfully transporting our students to and from our schools during these challenging times.

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