The Denver Public Schools (DPS) Department of Transportation provides student bus service between several neighborhoods and Polaris. Families further from school are responsible for their own transportation.
Routes and Schedules
The DPS Department of Transportation creates bus routes before the start of each new school year, and assigns eligible children to bus routes based on their home addresses. Students and their families can choose which days students ride the bus. If you would like for your child to be re-assigned to a different bus route, please contact the DPS Department of Transportation.
Bus rides are free for eligible students. Denver Public Schools issues each eligible student a free “+Pass” for them to ride the bus with any day that they and their family choose. DPS will mail your child a +Pass.
- If your child needs a +Pass or a replacement +Pass, please call the Polaris office at 720-424-7860.
- For more +Pass general information, please see the DPS Department of Transportation website.
Bus Protocol at School
- Arrival at school
Buses arriving at Polaris in the morning let children off at the Tremont St. school gates (to play on the playground or to go to the cafeteria for breakfast) when paraprofessionals arrive to supervise students at 8:30am.
- Departure from school
In the afternoons, school staff ensure that children board their appropriate buses for travel home.
Communicating About the Bus with Your Child
In the morning, before your child leaves for school, please discuss with your child how he or she is getting home that afternoon—by bus or car, and if by bus, what bus stop, and who will be there to pick them up at the stop. We treasure our students and don’t want them anxiously wondering how they are getting home when they should be concentrating on academic content. Also, students may miss the bus if they don’t know whether to get on one once the afternoon bell rings. The buses leave very quickly after the final bell.
Same-Day Bus Logistics
- In the event of a bus service interruption (e.g., delays due to an emergency, traffic, or inclement weather), the DPS Department of Transportation’s “Bus Bulletin” automatically communicates time-sensitive bus information to parents and school leaders by text message, voice message, and email. For more information, see the DPS Department of Transportation website or call the DPS Department of Transportation dispatch line at 720-423-4624.
- To change the bus your child rides for just one afternoon, have your child bring a note signed by you to the front office first thing in the morning. Bus drivers will refuse riders who are not scheduled to their route without permission signed by the principal. The office can arrange for your child to ride the alternate bus if room is available.