Transportation (Busing) Services

  • Although Colorado public schools are not mandated to provide transportation services for regular education students, the Thompson School District Board of Education elects to provide services to eligible riders who reside outside of the following distances:

    • Elementary students residing over one and one-half (1.5) miles from school.
    • Middle school students residing over two and one-half (2.5) miles from school.
    • High school freshmen and sophomores residing over three (3) miles from school. High school juniors and seniors are not scheduled for transportation.

    Students residing within the distances indicated above are not scheduled for transportation services.

    Kindergartners enrolled in half-day programs who reside over one and one-half (1.5) miles from school will be provided one-way bussing in the morning or afternoon. Midday bussing is not provided.

    The City of Loveland works with Thompson School District to determine the placement of crossing guards at numerous intersections in the city. Contact the district’s Planning department at 970-613-5768 for specific information on safe routes to school.

    Bus registration
    • Transportation registration forms will be sent home with each child during their first week on the bus.
    • Completed registration forms should be returned to your child's driver as soon as possible.
    • Parents are urged to review the bus rules and guidelines with their child to avoid a possible suspension from the bus due to improper behavior at the bus stop or while aboard the bus.


    Exceptional Student Services routes

    Exceptional Student Services (ESS) routes have specialized schedules based on the programs and students they serve. If your child has been assigned to an ESS route, you must notify Transportation of any changes in contact phone numbers. Parents must contact Transportation to get approval for any changes in pick up/drop off information. We ask that you contact Transportation at 970-613-5185 prior to student absences or if your child will not require transportation for the day to avoid unnecessary stops. Parents will receive detailed route information when their child has been assigned to an ESS route.


    Bus stops

    Board policy calls for bus routes to be arterialized, meaning buses will not travel into every subdivision or down every street. Bus stops will typically be located on main roads in an effort to reduce route miles and route times throughout the district. Parents are responsible for how their children reach their assigned bus stops.


    Bus schedules

    Preliminary bus stop locations and stop time information for the start-up of school will be available during August registration dates. If registering online, the bus routes will be available on the district website. Please contact the Transportation Routing department at 970-613-5196 with any questions prior to your child riding the bus. After September 15, stop locations and times may be adjusted. If stop locations are moved or schedules are altered more than five minutes, written notices will be distributed to parents.


    Important facts
    • Students should be at their assigned bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive and are asked to wait up to five minutes after the scheduled departure time. Delays can be caused by weather or other uncontrollable factors. Please contact Transportation at 970-613-5185 if you have questions about possible issues or delays.
    • Students are prohibited from bringing skateboards, scooters, rollerblades or other large/bulky items with them to the bus. Any item considered to be too large may be refused due to safety and capacity issues. The district cannot assume liability for lost or damaged items.
    • For the safety and security of students and staff, audio/video cameras may be used on district vehicles transporting students to and from school or extracurricular activities.


    Contact information

    General Information
    Routing 970-613-5196
    Dispatch/Student Busing 970-613-5185