The start of the school year comes with a policy change for students riding the bus in Martin County.
Students who live more than two miles from their home-zoned school, or those who live in an area that would expose them to hazardous walking conditions as designated by law enforcement, continue to be eligible for transportation under Florida Statute.
The school district worked with the Martin County Public Works Department, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Stuart and the Stuart Police Department to assess county roads for safety in accordance with statutory guidelines, Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said.
“I understand the hardship for families, but this is something we’ve wrestled with the past several years,” Gaylord said.
Parents are encouraged to visit busride.martinschools.org to view eligibility for transportation based on their home address.
If students are ineligible for transportation, parents may apply for the district’s fee-based seats available program by visiting www.martinschools.org and clicking the “Transportation” tab.
The cost per student is $425. Families with multiple children will not pay more than $850.
Also, students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals will pay $212.50 per child, per year in Martin County.