Bus Stop Criteria

How Bus Stops are Determined

The Francis Howell Board of Education approves all bus routes and stops. Missouri state law requires that school districts provide transportation for all students who reside more than 3.5 miles from school. Bus routes and stops may change from year to year based upon student population or demographics.

  • Unless special permission is granted, students must ride the same bus to and from school.
  • Depending upon route structure and time schedule, students may have to walk two or three blocks to the bus stop.
  • Bus stops should be located with clear visibility for 500 feet in both directions.
  • In residential areas, bus stops are not located within 500 feet of each other to allow the time for the bus warning lights to activate.  
  • Generally, buses will not travel down cul-de-sacs that are less than one half mile long.

  • Visibility from a student’s home to the bus stop is considered but not a requirement.

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