Frequent Questions

The Transportation Services Department makes every effort to provide the best transportation options for your children. Most of us have children ourselves, so we understand that it is important to you that your children get to school safely and quickly. We understand that busing policies are a bit complex. If you still need assistance after reading the questions below, we are here to help. Please access our contact information on the Transportation Services Homepage.

I want my K-12 children to ride the bus. Do they qualify?
Students (K-12) who live two miles or more from their school of residence or who live in an area deemed hazardous by the sheriff’s office are eligible for transportation.  
Click to see Boundaries and Eligibility page

I want my 4K children to ride the bus. Do they qualify?
4K students who live a half mile or more from their home school or who live in an area deemed hazardous by the sheriff’s office are eligible for transportation.

My child lives too close to school to ride the bus. What do I do?
If there is a bus route to your child's school that passes near your house, you may be able to take advantage of a parent paid contract. The cost is $200 per student. Click here to learn about parent paid contracts.

I have to bring my children to daycare before school, after school, or both. Can they still ride the bus?
As long as your daycare provider is located in the same school boundary, is in the ride zone, and the bus does not need to be rerouted, your child could be picked up or dropped off from that location. Please click here to go to our Request Forms page to submit your request.

My children spend time at my ex's house. Can they still ride the bus?
We know that there are a number of different living situations and those situations can make transporting your child difficult. Fortunately, we do have a dual household request form that you can fill out to request to have your child picked up or dropped off at another parent's location. Click here for more information about dual household situations.

I don't think it is fair that my child should have to walk so far to school. Why can't you bus all kids who live closer than two miles?
We hope you understand that it is not easy for us to deny any child busing. However, we must follow State of Wisconsin Statutes and School Board Policies pertaining to the transportation of students when making decisions about who is in a ride zone and who is in a walk zone. These statutes and policies help make decisions fair for everyone. The good news is that students in our district may ride the Green Bay Metro bus for free. See our Green Bay Metro Page for more information.

How are bus stops determined?
Bus stop locations are determined by the bus companies to create the smoothest/shortest path for the bus drivers and to pick up multiple students at one stop. Keeping the fewest stops per bus route helps your child by reducing travel time and increasing safety. It is very important your child be at their designated bus stop ten minutes prior to their scheduled time. Generally, home stops are only created for a student with special needs or if the roadway has been deemed hazardous by the sheriff’s department.

How long will it take to get busing set up?
If a new stop needs to be created it can take up to 5 business days before Transportation will begin.  
If there is an already existing stop the student can ride the next day. 

The bus passes by my house. Why can’t it just stop and pick up my child at home? 
GBAPS transports more than 8,000 students on school buses each day. It would be impossible to provide door-to-door service to everyone, and still arrive at school on-time.

Why are there no seat belts on large school buses? 
Neither the State of Wisconsin nor the federal government requires seat belts on large school buses. School buses are designed to take a great deal of impact, not to crush in the event of a roll over, and to cushion children with compartmentalization between the seats in the event of a crash or fast stopping. Seat belts are largely intended to prevent a child from being ejected from a vehicle. Only children standing in the aisle or out of their seats are at risk of being ejected from the school bus. The Green Bay Area Public Schools District requirements for school buses adhere to the State of Wisconsin laws and statutes. For further information on Wisconsin seat belt guidelines, see Click to see Wisconsin DOT Seat Belt Information

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