You can view your child’s bus stop, bus times, and bus number on StopFinder, an all-in-one app for families. Access to your child’s schedules are only granted to the student’s parents/guardian by the Transportation Department.
Families are given an invitation to activate their child’s Stopfinder account. If you haven’t received an email invitation to register for Stopfinder, please email email@example.com with your child’s student ID number and date of birth.
View your student’s daily transportation assignments – including transfer trips and stops
Securely share your student’s schedule with caregivers. The primary parent/guardian is the only contact able to share student schedule information.
Receive notifications and updates related to transportation
Install the StopFinder App (Apple)
Install the StopFinder App (Google Play)
PRIVATE SCHOOL FAMILIES
As part of the Mason City School District’s commitment to being wise stewards of tax dollars, we operate a very lean, efficient, tiered bus system that ensures both public and private school students have a safe, comfortable ride to and from school.
Mason City Schools welcomes the opportunity to transport private school students to and from the following non-public schools:
All Saints | Bishop Fenwick | Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy | International Academy | Liberty Bible Academy | Middletown Christian | Moeller | Montessori Academy | Mother Theresa | Royalmont Academy | Seven Hills | St. Margaret of York | St. Susanna | Ursuline
- What is Stopfinder? I'm new to the district?
- I'm having issues using Stopfinder. What should I do?
- What are the hours of the Transportation office?
- Where is the Transportation Office located?
- I moved to a different address and need Transportation. What should I do?
- Who will be driving my child to school?
- Will I receive notification of my child’s bus schedule?
- My bus information is blank or incomplete. What should I do?
- My student is picked up/dropped off at different locations during the week. How can I make sure this is correctly scheduled?
- What is meant by a “Transportation Freeze”?
- I can’t see my child’s bus stop from my home. Are there state laws that set the standard for bus stop locations?
- Why can’t my child get off the bus and start walking home? Why does he have to wait for the bus to pull away?
- Why can’t my child wait inside the house or my car until the bus arrives; it was freezing cold this winter.
- I need to make a change to a different daycare, babysitter or extended care. What should I do?
- What if I want my child to go to another bus stop?
- How do I request a new stop for my child?
- What if the bus runs late?
BUS SAFETY & BEHAVIOR
In Mason City Schools, #CometCulture doesn’t stop in the buildings. Each of us, (students drivers, bus aides, transportation administrators) all must own our 20 square feet, and ensure that we are owning the moment by taking responsibility for our actions. By having positive and appropriate conduct on our school buses, students can enjoy a safe and inviting transport to/from school. Behavior that distracts the driver can become a serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle and jeopardize the safety of all passengers.
Drivers help students understand the following guidelines to maintain a safe and inviting environment on the bus, as well as at bus stops.
Students must arrive at the bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of the bus and observe the Designated Place of Safety (see ODE Guidelines) established by the bus driver.
Students must take their seats quickly and remain seated at all times.
Students may not eat or drink on the bus.
Students may not fight or engage in horseplay on the bus or when getting on or off the bus.
Students should use inside voices while on the bus.
Students may not use obscene language or gestures.
Students should keep all belongings and parts of their body inside the bus at all times.
The aisle must remain clear at all times, allowing the driver to safely view behind the bus while driving.
When a student does not display proper conduct on a bus, the driver will work with them to correct behaviors, such as moving a student’s assigned seat and/or calling the parent. Non compliance will result in the school administration becoming involved in the discipline process, with a written report submitted. Our goal is to partner with our families to provide safe transportation for our children.
My child is having issues on the bus. What should I do?
Ask your child to notify their bus driver. If not possible, or not resolved
Notify the Transportation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-398-6682. If not possible, or not resolved
Notify your child’s School Administrator.
REQUEST A CHANGE
Students are assigned to specific buses and specific bus stops to balance loads on buses and make sure that routes run in a timely manner. Students are not permitted to ride a different bus for non-emergency reasons.
For students PK through 6th grade, a temporary bus pass will be issued for special/emergency situations. To obtain a temporary bus pass, parents must submit a note to the school office explaining the reason. If approved, the student will be given a temporary bus pass that will allow them to board the receiving bus. No Pass/No Ride. This is for student safety. Due to student loads on buses, we do not allow students to go home with other students for non-emergency reasons.
PLEASE NOTE: Frequent changes to students' busing arrangements increase the possibility of students’ confusion causing them to get on the wrong bus, on the wrong day. Please keep changes to a minimum.
For High School or Middle School students, temporary passes will only be issued in case of emergencies. Parents must contact the school directly or send a note with their student to be given to the school office for a pass to be issued. Again, No Pass/No Ride.
We are happy to make arrangements for families with shared parenting needs. In the best interest of the safety of MECC and ME students, it is necessary for the schedule for these arrangements to be consistent from week to week. MI and older students may have a varied schedule as these students are old enough to know where they are to go from day-to-day. Please fill out and submit a Transportation Change Request Form with both parent’s addresses, contact information and the schedule that is to be put in place.