The Family Registration and Orientation Center (FROC) can assist families with interpretation services.
Families needing specialized transportation for their student(s) should contact their case manager.
If you’re not sure if your student is eligible for yellow bus service, complete the registration process and the system will let you know.
You will need your student’s date of birth and student ID number, which can be found in PowerSchool. If you don’t know your student’s ID number, cannot access PowerSchool, or are registering a student new to the district, please send a message to Let’s Talk so we can assist.
When you register, you’ll be shown the address SPS has on record, your student’s school, and you will opt for a.m., p.m., or two-way transportation. If you are eligible, the system will assign you a tentative bus stop.
SPS students may ride the school bus if they live:
Please submit questions on our Let's Talk portal.
The walk-zone boundary is determined by a straight-line distance around the school and may not match a travel path distance. Use of a straight line to determine a boundary is standard practice at school districts across the country. Our boundary limits are also consistent with other school districts respective to grade levels.
Walking routes around schools are regularly evaluated by Transportation and Risk Management staff. If you feel there is not a safe walking route between your home and school due to an absence of sidewalks, controlled crossings, or other safety features, please send a message to Let’s Talk with specific details and photos of hazards.
Please note that while we share feedback to evaluate and improve pedestrian safety around our schools, safety features like painted crosswalks, street signage, and flashing lights are implemented by the City of Spokane. If you would like to share your ideas directly with the city, please call 311 or 509.755.CITY (2489).
You can look up your student’s ID number by logging into PowerSchool or by contacting your school office. If you cannot access PowerSchool, are registering a student new to the district, or your school office is closed for the summer, please send a message to Let’s Talk so we can assist.
If your student needs specialized transportation, please contact your student's case manager or contact your school office to connect you with the case manager. The Special Education department will complete registration for your student. If you are approved for specialized transportation, you do not need to register for the school bus here.
You will need to contact your school to have student records updated with your current address. If your school office is closed for the summer, please send a message to Let’s Talk so we can assist.
The District’s transportation provider, Zūm, will communicate with families that have registered and are eligible for transportation prior to the start of school on bus route assignment information. Please ensure your address and contact information is up to date with your school.
Yes, as long as:
No. SPS provides home-to-school transportation for eligible bus riders only. Students may not invite others to ride the bus with them. Authorized students may only ride the bus on their assigned route and only access their assigned stop.
You must contact the school's office manager to keep your student's record current, which will help minimize interruptions in bussing.
If you have moved out of your school's attendance area and want to stay at your current school, you will need to fill out the required paperwork. Students who choose to attend a school outside their attendance area are not eligible to ride the school bus. Please call the Transportation office for other eligible program options.
If your student is already registered and eligible to ride the bus, they will be able to ride an activity bus. They will only be dropped off at their regular assigned stop.
You can read through the Transportation Student Ridership Rules & Regulations here.
During the 2021-22 school year, Spokane Public Schools transportation was heavily impacted by the national bus driver shortage. In 2022-23, the district implemented several strategies to improve services. One of these strategies was to expand the walk-zone boundary for secondary school students to 1.5 miles. This new boundary is consistent with other school districts respective to grade levels.
SPS engages in 5-year contracts with transportation providers. As the end of our previous contract approached, the district requested formal bids for services in December 2022. Proposals were reviewed and scored by district staff, and a recommendation was made to the Board of Directors to award a 2023-28 contract to Zūm Services. The board voted unanimously to contract with Zūm.