About DC Schools Transportation

Cokato area students are transported by Cokato Transportation (contracted by the District), and Dassel area students are transported by District owned/operated buses. Special needs students are transported primarily by district owned/operated vans and/or lift bus when necessary.

On a daily basis, DC buses run their regular rural routes, pick up in-town hazard stops and proceed to the elementary schools to unload the elementary students. The buses then proceed to the middle and high schools. The reverse is true at the end of the day. High School and middle school students are picked up first. Buses then proceed to the elementary schools, (MS/HS students in the walking zones disembark) to pick up rural and hazard-stop elementary children and proceed on the evening routes.

Students will not be allowed to switch buses at the elementary schools unless they are designated to do so.

Student transportation is coordinated through the district office in accordance with District Policy # 707. Please call 286-4100 with any questions you may have.

Please call the Transportation Department (320) 286-4100 X1005 when….

You are New to the District:

To complete a Request for Transportation form. You may also stop in the district office at the west end of the high school (7:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Your Student Will Not be Riding That Day:

Please call as soon as possible prior to their pickup time. The message can be left on voice mail at any time. Per policy, bus drivers are not able to use cellphones while on their bus routes, all messages will be relayed by the Transportation Department dispatcher via two-way radio.

To contact Cokato Transportation (Cokato area buses), please call 320-286-5315 or email,

Parent Pickup and Drop Off Locations: Parents should NOT drop off, or pick up students, on the side of the buildings where buses are unloading or loading.

Cokato: Parents should bring children to, or pick up from, the north side of the Cokato Elementary. Buses will unload/load on the south side of Cokato Elementary.

Dassel: Parents should drop off/pick up on the east side of Dassel Elementary. Buses unload/load on the south side of Dassel Elementary.

Middle School/High School: buses are unloading/loading on the east side. Parents should drop off/pick up students in the south lot. Unless you have a handicapped child, please do not use the handicap area for drop off/pick up.

Bussing Routes and Times (IN TOWN)

*The Walking Zone is:

Routes and Times will remain similar from year to year. New families (please make sure to submit the Request for Transportation form) or those with route changes will be contacted by mail, email or phone prior to the beginning of school with bus number, pickup time and location.

Hazard riders are children living in an area where they must overcome a hazard, (such as cross a major roadway or railroad crossing) to get to school and are living within one mile of their school.

Middle school and high school students living in town will be picked up between 7:45 AM and 7:55 AM at their designated stops and NOT at the elementary schools.

Buses will not wait for students who are not at their stop at their designated time. If students miss the bus, do NOT chase after the bus; bring the student(s) to the elementary school. MS and HS students can catch their bus there.

Bussing Routes and Times (RURAL) The school will as far as possible, provide transportation service to and from home or daycare to school, if the following criteria are met:

  • Point of pick-up is in a safe location and roads are in satisfactory condition (clear of snow and mud). Stops on steep inclines or near the crest of a hill are not safe and other arrangements will need to be made. In cases when the bus cannot get through due to mud or snow, it is the parent/guardian responsibility to get them to a safe bus stop, or school.
  • All turnarounds should be plowed wide enough to accommodate a school bus when it snows. If your turnaround is not plowed, please call dispatch (286-4100, ext 1005) to notify bus not to come.
  • Other arrangements will be necessary if there is not a clear view at the point of turnaround.
  • If you live on a dead-end road/ cul-de-sac the school will provide transportation if: you live 1/2 mile or more from the main road; and, if there is a suitable place to turn around. Students who live less than 1/2 mile from the main road; or there is not a suitable turnaround, will need to meet the bus at the main road.

Buses, as much as possible, will start at the end of the routes and travel towards the school, thereby giving the benefit of time to the greatest number of students.

PM routes will be run in the same order as AM routes as far as possible, to even out length of bus ride for all, as follows:

  • If the bus goes directly past where a pupil lives when proceeding in the most direct route towards the "first on in AM" pickup, it will stop and let off pupils that are assigned to that bus.
  • If you want your student/s to walk (or wish to pick them up) from a point on the direct route to the "first on in AM", they need to bring a note to the driver. If it will be a regular, everyday stop, one note at the beginning of the year will be accepted. Students will not be dropped off at these points to walk in inclement weather.
  • The driver is to travel over the route and make stops according to the timetables as designated by the administration; with no student boarding their bus before 7:00 AM, as much as possible.

Student Behavior at Bus Stops and on Buses

Rules at the Bus Stop

  • Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick-up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.
  • Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.
  • Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching it, and be sure to check traffic even though the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out.
  • When getting off the bus, move immediately away from the bus.
  • If you must cross the street, always cross at least ten feet in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street.
  • No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
  • No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

Rules on the bus

  • Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
  • Sit in your seat, facing forward. The aisle needs to be kept clear.
  • Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
  • Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
  • Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
  • No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
  • Do not throw any object.
  • No eating, drinking or use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • Do not bring any weapon or dangerous object on the school bus.
  • Do not damage the school bus.
  • Pets or animals of any type or size will not be transported on the school bus.
  • Sleds, skis, ski poles, ski boards, skates, hockey sticks, fishing rods and related equipment should not be brought on the bus.

Any bus passenger who cannot abide by accepted rules for bus conduct, on the bus or at the bus stop, will be denied transportation privileges. Remember, school bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.

Student transportation is coordinated through the district office in accordance with District Policy # 707. Please call 286-4100 with any questions you may have.