eLink – Update Student Information (Username and password required)
I.e.; Change of address, new phone number, pick-up/drop-off locations or instructions.
With e-Link, you can keep parents well informed about transportation issues, such as where their children should wait for the bus. In addition, school staff, including registrars and secretaries, can use the system to retrieve bus stop information for new students. Versatrans e-Link works directly with Versatrans Routing & Planning so you can be sure your shared information is accurate.
Stop Change Requests – I.e.; Change of Address, New Students etc.
All stop change requests must be submitted through eLink and communicated, in writing via e-mail, to the Routing Center and will be implemented according to the following schedule – stop requests received prior to 12:00 PM on Tuesday will be implemented the following Thursday, stop requests received after 12:00 PM on Tuesday and prior to 12:00 PM on Thursday will be implemented the following week on Tuesday.
Bus Pass Information
We need a note signed by the student’s parent/guardian with the following information:
The date the student has permission to ride a different bus home;
The name of the student they are going home with, the destination address and telephone number; the bus number and bus stop.
The note should be hand delivered to the Driver by a school official – NOT THE STUDENT. We cannot accept a bus pass by verbal authorization. This will help us assure that the student arrives safely at their destination.
In Minnesota, there are basically five types of authorized school buses (Type A, Type B, Type C, Type D and Type III) used to transport children to and from school and school-related activities. Below is a chart of each type of school bus as well as two additional buses that may transport students but are not classified as school buses by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Vehicle Classification Summary
Minnesota’s School Bus Inspection Program
Minnesota’s school bus inspection program is based on a point value system devised to evaluate the condition of each bus inspected. Each school bus begins with 100 total points. As defects are discovered during the inspection process, points are deducted in accordance with values assigned in Minnesota Rule 7470.0700 “Table of points to be deducted”.
School buses with an inspection score of 96 to 100 pass the inspection and an annual inspection decal is affixed to the windshield signifying its roadworthiness.
A school bus with an inspection score of 80 to 95 points receives a 14-day temporary inspection certificate. The school bus must be re-inspected within the 14-day period or it is prohibited from transporting school children until the violation(s) have been corrected. Upon successful completion of the re-inspection, an annual inspection decal will be issued by the State Patrol signifying its roadworthiness.
A school bus with less than 80 points is deemed unsafe for the transportation of school children. This school bus is immediately prohibited from transporting school children until the defects are corrected. A temporary inspection certificate is issued and affixed to the bus. Pending re-inspection by the State Patrol, a school bus bearing a rejection sticker may be used to transport pupils only if all defects have been corrected and the inspection form has been signed by the owner or designee certifying the corrections. The signed certification form must be carried in the first aid kit on the bus for immediate verification of repairs by enforcement personnel.