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Transportation Information

2021-2022 Update:

For the 2021-22 school year, all students who qualify will receive transportation. There may be delays on some yellow bus routes during the start of school while our vendor, First Student, hires and trains more drivers. The Transportation Department is actively working on alternative options to increase access.

We will mail your student’s bus stop and route information starting Aug. 25. We are also working to share a list of all general education bus stops with families. If you need assistance with updating your address or checking eligibility for transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at 206-252-0900 or through Let’s Talk.

Seattle Public Schools Transportation Assignments for Middle School General Education Students

Walk Zone
Students that live up to 1.5 miles from school are not provided transportation.

ORCA Card
Students that live between 1.5 and 2.0 miles from school are issued an ORCA card and can ride the Metro bus. If your student is issued an Orca card you should receive a notification in the mail that included a Conditions of Usage – ORCA and a temporary pass for the first day of school. In order for your student to receive an ORCA card they must bring a completed Conditions of Usage form, signed by a guardian and the student, to the attendance office.

Lost ORCA cards – You may obtain a replacement ORCA for $5.50 the first time and $25 for any additional lost cards.

Yellow Bus
Students that live over 2 miles from school and are in the Eckstein Middle School reference area are provided yellow bus service by Seattle Public Schools.

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​If a student wishes to visit or be visited by another student and rides the school bus, a temporary bus card must be requested at the school for this purpose. Authorization for riding the school bus is based on space availability.

In order to receive a temporary bus pass we must have written permission from the visiting student’s parent/guardian prior to the end of school day . You can email this information to Katy Ryan at karyan@seattleschools.org

We need to know:

  • The visiting student’s name
  • The bus rider’s name
  • The visiting student’s parent/guardian’s name and phone number.

Driving Your Student to School
Student safety is our number one priority. Help us keep students safe by following the directions below when dropping of a student before school.

Drop-off Now on the south side of NE 75th Street.
Car drop-off/pick-up on 75th Street from NW building entrance to the crosswalk. Also on 30th Avenue by the southwest parking lot.Please pull ALL THE WAY FORWARD before stopping in the drop-off area.Student must be ready to exit the car when you stop. If not ready, drive around the block.No parking or waiting in the drop-off/pick-up zones 8:30 – 9:15 am & 3:30 – 4:15 pm.

Diagram for picking up students

Do not drop off in the Bus Zone.
Our bus zone is small for the number of buses that use it, and the buses need to drop students off quickly and safely without the interference of other vehicles. It is illegal for a private vehicle to use a bus zone during the designated times.

Transportation

Seattle Public Schools provides free transportation for students who live within their school attendance area but outside the school’s walk zone.

If a student is placed in a program, such as deaf and hard of hearing services, that is not available in your neighborhood (attendance) area school, transportation is usually provided. 

Transportation Eligibility Guidelines

  • Elementary and K-8 schools have a 1-mile walk boundary. Eligible students are provided service primarily on yellow school buses.
  • Middle schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is either by yellow school bus or ORCA card for the Metro.
  • High schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is provided with an ORCA card.

Use our school attendance and option school transportation area maps to see if your child is eligible for transportation. 

ORCA Cards for City Bus/Metro Service

High school and eligible middle school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited ORCA card valid through August 31, 2022. 

The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries.

Learn more about Seattle’s ORCA Opportunity Youth Program.

Safe Routes to School

Biking and walking are great ways to get to school. Use the City of Seattle interactive map to find safe walking and biking routes to your school.

Delayed Bus

Bus routes are sometimes delayed due to traffic, weather, construction, or other situations.

If your bus is late, we recommend your student stay at the bus stop. Please create a plan and discuss with your student what to do if their bus is late.

View today’s bus routes that are reported as running at least 15 minutes late.