South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-5303
Fx: 651-425-5313
Office Hours:
5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Office Address:

8587 W. Point Douglas Rd. S.

Cottage Grove, MN 55016-3025

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Approximately 20,000 students (including non-public) who reside in District 833 will attend school this year, and 16,000 of them will ride a school bus to and from school. The goal of the transportation department is to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation to students who reside in our school district. We work to ensure that students arrive at school ready to learn!

Please take some time to learn about our department and some of the required forms for various family situations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to meeting your family's transportation needs!

Starting with the 2018-19 School year, student bus route information will only be accessible on Infinite Campus' Parent Portal.  General Education Bus routing will continue to be up to date as any changes occurr throughout the school year.  Special Education students will continue to receive bussing information via a phone call or email. For information regarding Parent Portal account set up please Click Here

Non Public School bussing information will be shared directly with the school offices.  Each non public school is responsible for sharing or distributing their students's routing information. 


Special Education Bus Attendance

Please call 651-425-5303 if your student will be absent from Special Education transportation. Please press 1 on the main menu for Special Education Routing. 

Information on Temporary Bus Passes for Students

Bus Passes are intended for EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY.  No Passes will be approved for playdates, parties, school projects or homework projects etc. Emergencies may include but are not limited to family medical emergnecies, personal vehicle breakdown, short notice family emergencies. This applies to all students of all grade levels in all schools.

In an emergency situation please contact the Transportation Office at 651-425-5303 and request a Bus Pass. 

Bus Passes are temporary ONE day passes.

A Bus Pass is also required if the emergency requires a student to get on/off at an alternate stop other than their own bus stop on their current route.   

Correspondence from parents/guardians will NOT be accepted by Bus Drivers as a valid Bus Pass.  NO handwritten notes, text messages etc. will be accepted.   Only passes reviewed and approved by the Transportation office will be accepted by Bus Drivers. All confirmed and approved Bus Passes will be issued in a standard format and sent from the Transportation Office to the School.  The student should pick up the Bus Pass from the school office and present it to the Bus Driver. 


Walking Area

South Washington County Schools generally provides transportation to Elementary students (K-6) who live more than 1-mile (5280 feet) from the school, Middle School students more than 1.5 miles and High School students more than 2 miles from the school the student attends.  Traffic hazard factors and distance are the two primary criteria used to establish the Non-Transported areas. The distance in the Non-Transported areas are determined by measuring the most direct route, from the roadway opposite the private residence of the student to the bus drop off area of the school.  The distance shall be measured on a public street or highway. Students that attend a school other than their assigned school through open enrollment and whose parent/guardian have signed a waiver of transportation are not eligible for this transportation regardless of the distance.