Moorhead Area Public Schools does not have the bus drivers available to run the routes that are needed in the current transportation model so difficult changes are required. The Moorhead school board finalized transportation changes for the 2022-23 school year. This plan was chosen from four plans presented by our transportation department. A brief summary of the changes are below:
- Families living within 2 miles of Horizon Middle School or Moorhead High School, will not receive bussing. Elementary schools will keep the 1 mile radius.
- The number of students on some buses will increase from 55 to 70+.
- Rural Moorhead High School routes will be combined resulting in longer ride times.
- Private school families living within 2 miles of the school will not receive bussing. Private school routes will be combined with public school routes.
Families of students who will no longer receive bussing due to these changes will be notified directly by Aug 19. All other families will find their bus route information in PowerSchool by Friday, Aug. 26.
What we are working on:
- We are working with the City to provide a safe crosswalk at Ridgewood Blvd and 34th Street.
- We are exploring before school programming at Horizon Middle School. If you would be interested in this option, please complete this brief survey.
- Our goal is to be back down to the 1 mile radius before winter.
What can you do to help?
- Please drive your child to school if you can.
- Create a walking group or car pool with your neighbors.
- If you know someone who is interested in driving, please encourage them to apply.
As drivers become available, the district will add routes back as quickly as possible. The goal is to be back up to full capacity before winter. Superintendent Dr. Brandon Lunak recognizes the impact this has on families. “Our desire is to limit impacts to students, families, staff and drivers. Until staffing improves, we ask for your patience, understanding and support.”