The DaVinci Academy busing system is different from most traditional public schools.
DaVinci Academy does not offer door to door busing service to any families unless a child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) that reflects the need for special transportation. DaVinci Academy uses community bus stops to serve the students. The bus routes and stops are determined by the bus company, Kottke’s Bus Company, Inc., in coordination with the school, and are created by using the following guiding principles:
- Community-based bus stops: Publicly accessible places where families can safely wait with their kids in the morning and wait for them in the afternoon, and where the bus can easily access and maneuver. We also require permission from the establishment for use of their parking lot twice each day.
- Maximum 50 minute average ride (assuming good weather and normal traffic). This implies shorter distances and fewer stops.
- Generally stop within the Anoka Hennepin school district boundaries and no stops further than 1.5 miles outside the Anoka Hennepin school district boundaries.
A preliminary set of stops is communicated to families by June 1 of the preceding year and families are required to choose the stop that they will be using for the following school year using the Busing Contract Form for that year. Families have until July 1 to sign up for a bus stop. Routes are then adjusted based on numbers and a final bus stop listing is presented to parents before the next school year begins.
Parents who have concerns about the bus stop should contact the school directly and may not move or create stops, nor pressure drivers or the bus company to move stops. Once the school year begins routes and stops will only be adjusted at the discretion of the administration for the following reasons:
- Safety and traffic concerns regarding the location of a stop
- Stops that are not being utilized by families
- Elimination of a stop by the parties who own the property on which the stop is located.
- Other qualifying circumstances as determined by the school and Kottke’s Bus Company Inc.
DaVinci Families can access the Interactive Bus Stop Map by logging in to Silent Dismissal.
The bus safety guidelines are included in the document below.
If you are interested in carpooling with another family we can get you connected. Just fill out this form and you will be able to share your information with other families who would like to carpool as well.
Busing and Pick Up/Drop Off Information
Busing Q & A
How do I register my child to ride the school bus? DaVinci Academy families MUST complete the Busing Contract emailed to all families by June 1 of each year. Families who do not complete the Busing Contract Form by July 1 will be charged a $25.00 per student late fee and may not be ensured an immediate place on the bus.
Busing information will be loaded in to Silent Dismissal over the summer and families will be given information regarding their log in at Open House night in August. Returning families may use the same numbers and account that they used the previous year.
The website for Silent Dismissal is http://davinci.sdcs28.com/ and can be accessed as soon as parents have received their family number. Returning families can use the same number and account they have used previously but will need to update their information for the new school year. This is also the site that is used if families need to make explicit changes in their transportation plans for the day.
Please give DaVinci Academy notice that you are doing so, and change your preferences on the Silent Dismissal system.
Additionally, if you change your bus stop preference please let DaVinci Academy and the bus driver know as well. That information should be up to date on Silent Dismissal at all times. Here is the form to download and submit to the office.
Why do I have to register my transportation plans on Silent Dismissal? Because of the complexity of managing transportation schedules for over 900 students, we use the Silent Dismissal program which allows parents to change transportation plans as it is necessary and ensures that the information gets to the school and the teachers in time for dismissal.
Changes to a child’s dismissal plans should be made well before 1:30 p.m. each day and it is critical that parents keep their Silent Dismissal settings current. Students will be dismissed using the instructions given by Silent Dismissal, so if the setting is inaccurate the student will not get to where they are supposed to be going.
Neither the front office nor the teachers will be making adjustments to dismissal plans over the phone or email, as it is the parent’s responsibility to keep Silent Dismissal settings current. You can always call the office for help in how to manage that program at 763-754-6577.
The end of the day at DaVinci Academy is a very busy time and communications from the main office to classrooms are not easily made. It is for this reason that the change deadline of 2:45 p.m. must be kept. If the main office does not receive the change in transportation plans through the Silent Dismissal program by the deadline, the school will follow the student’s normal dismissal routine listed.
Of course, in the event of an emergency we will do everything we can to ensure the plan changes get to the students in time for dismissal.
What happens if I miss my child's afternoon stop? If parents miss their child’s afternoon bus and have not signed the release that allows the student to remain at the stop to wait, the student will continue riding the bus through the end of the route while the bus company or the school contacts the parents.
Parents then have the option of either catching the bus at a later stop along the route, or picking up their child at the school. Any student remaining on the bus at the end of the route will be brought back to the school to wait for pick-up. All students must be picked up immediately upon school drop off or they will be placed into the after school program and parents will be charged the DaVinci Den daily rate. Parents may contact the Kottke’s dispatch office directly if they missed their child’s stop (763-755-3100 opt. 1). Calling the school’s main office is also appropriate (763-754-6577); however, the office closes daily at 4:30 p.m.
**Parents who routinely miss their child’s afternoon drop-off may lose busing privileges for the remainder of the school year.
Please also factor an additional 10-20 minutes into bus times during the first 3 weeks of school. It is normal and expected for buses to be running late for the first few weeks as drivers learn their routes and students, families, and the school settles into a routine. Families are advised to arrive at their stops at the normally scheduled time and asked to wait the additional 15-20 minutes if needed. Arriving late may cause you to miss the bus if it is on schedule.
If a bus is running extremely late, DaVinci Academy will alert parents via email, text, or phone call through our automated system as soon as possible. Parents should make sure their contact information and preferences are current using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal in order to receive these important messages. That link can be found on our website at www.davincicharterschool.org.
DaVinci Academy’s main office opens at 7:15 a.m. and some bus routes begin earlier. If parents are concerned that their bus is running late, or that they missed their bus before the main office is open, they may call Kottke’s dispatch office directly at 763-755-3100 Option 1.
If students miss their morning bus, their parents are responsible for transporting them to school. The bus will not loop back to pick up students who missed the bus. Students arriving late to school because they missed the bus will be recorded as having an unexcused tardy.
AM Drop Off Q & A
Parents should enter the lot at Jefferson and follow the parking lot around north, then west, then south in order to be aligned with the yellow curb and the loading and unloading zone. The yellow curbing outside the east door is the loading and unloading zone and children should not be dropped anywhere besides this area for maximum safety and efficiency. Children should be ready to exit the vehicle when the car stops and parents should remain in their cars when using the “Drop and Go” lane. If you child needs extra time, or your help please use the “stop and kiss” parking spaces and children can use the sidewalk and cross at the crosswalk.
The only cars who may enter here are families who need a handicapped parking space. Otherwise, that Bunker driveway is used as an exit only lane for buses and cars.
The same rules apply for the front lot as for the east lot:
- Pull all the way to the end (Note the yellow highlighting on the map)
- Drop your child quickly without exiting the vehicle
- Go around the circle to exit onto Bunker Lake Boulevard
- We will wave the next set of cars in when that row clears
There are 2 reasons why taking a left out of the parking lot during busy times is discouraged.
- The ability to see north bound cars passing waiting parents in the turn lane is impossible. So, a left hand turn is just not safe.
- Cars who are waiting to safely turn left hold up traffic in the parking lot as cars line up in the left turn lane. Cars need to exit efficiently in order for the next set of cars to line up on the sidewalk to drop students. Left turning vehicles cause congestion and frustration for all.
Please don’t do it.
If you are parking please use the middle row of parking spots.
If you are not parking, please use the outside lane which will move faster because cars will not need to be waiting for parked cars to back out of spots.
There will be an administrator at each door who can help with unloading if a child needs it. We encourage parents to help their children become independent for this important transition into the school.
Mornings can be a stressful time of day for parents and students, so the more smoothly the drop off process goes, the happier all of our days begin. Please be conscientious of the others in car line with you and SHOW SPARK.
PM Pick Up
The only cars who may enter here are families who need a handicapped parking space or have an appointment with a teacher after school.
Teachers will move down the line of waiting cars in order to enter family numbers into the Silent Dismissal system. Please make sure your family number is clearly displayed on your dashboard or mirror for the teachers to read. Your child’s name will then be displayed on the board in the classrooms and they will come out to get into your vehicle. Parents then pass waiting cars in the passing lane to exit the school while other cars move forward to allow more cars into the loading zone.
As with the morning drop off please:
- Patiently wait for your turn,
- Load your child from the curb side door only
- And SHOW SPARK.
What if I need to meet with a teacher after school or just want to pick up my child? Can I come in? Yes, parents can park and enter the school at the north door which will take them directly in to the office. From there parents may enter their Silent Dismissal number and wait outside the auditorium for children to come to the front.
Students will see their name displayed in their classroom and come to the front to meet you.
You will also need to make sure your Silent Dismissal preferences reflect a “Pick Up Only” setting which means that you will be picking up your child.