The goal of the transportation program is to provide safe, reliable, and efficient transportation services for all eligible students. We partner with Go Riteway to provide transportation to students residing within the district boundaries. All resident students 4K-12 are eligible for this service at no cost. In addition, Go Riteway also provides transportation for most athletic programs and educational field trips. The bus fleet is consistently checked and approved for safety and maintenance, and to ensure that buses are clean and comfortable for passengers.
For complete information regarding eligibility, routes, walking distance and alternative transportation, please read MTSD's transportation guidelines below.
The district transports resident students to public and non-public schools, to and from the school of attendance, as determined by the district. In lieu of providing transportation, the district may also provide reimbursement to parents who transport their resident children to non-public schools located within five (5) miles of district boundaries. The rate of reimbursement is determined annually according to a statutory formula.
Our transportation partner, Go Riteway, prepares bus routes each year in consultation with the Mequon-Thiensville school District based on school start and end times and student population densities. These routes are approved by the school board or its designee, the executive director of business services.
Bus route information for the 2018-19 school year, including pick up and drop off times and locations, will be mailed to parents the week of August 20, 2018.
Kindergarten children will not be expected to walk any further than one-quarter mile. Students in grades 1-8 are expected to walk one-quarter mile, and students in grades 9-12 may be expected to walk one-half mile. The executive director of business services is given discretion in determining if these distances are appropriate, and may specify shorter or longer distances in certain cases. Buses will not be routed into dead-end streets, cul-de-sacs, or courtyards, subject to the above distance unless the executive director of business services determines that a hazardous walking condition exists and a safe and adequate turnaround area is provided for the bus.
Along with home-to-school and school-to-home services, the Mequon-Thiensville School District offers additional transportation options to provide flexibility to our families. Students may be picked up and/or delivered to a point other than their home designated bus stop if certain criteria are met.
The Go Riteway team believes that keeping students safe is priority one. Together, we understand the bus ride to and from school is an extension of the school day.
We require students to conduct themselves while on a school bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. The rules established are necessary to assist the bus drivers transport children safely.
- Students are to be at pick-up points on time and follow the directions of the bus driver for loading and unloading.
- Students are to keep hands, arms, legs, and objects to themselves.
- Loud talking, swearing, and profanity are prohibited.
- Students are to keep the bus clean and free from damage.
Student supervision is the responsibility of the bus driver. Drivers will report any student misconduct to the terminal manager, who will report the misconduct to the appropriate school building principal. Students who do not follow the rules will be subject to any or all of the following consequences:
- Warning and assigned seat on bus
- Conference with principal and warning letter to parents
- Suspension of bus privilege as determined by principal
The Mequon-Thiensville School District has approved the use of video cameras on all school buses for the primary purpose of reducing disciplinary problems and vandalism on the bus and thereby, allowing the driver to focus on the driving of the bus and providing for safer transportation of students. The viewing and use of any videotaped materials shall be in accordance with district policy 7440.01: Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring.
If you have questions or concerns regarding bus transportation, please feel free to contact Go Riteway directly, or direct the matter to your school principal.
To contact Go Riteway directly, call 262-512-1044.