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Bus Opt-In

Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, families will need to let us know if they want their student(s) to ride a bus when school starts again in September. Students will not be placed on a bus route unless families let us know they need one. This will help us schedule our buses more efficiently.

Please do not request a bus "just in case." If your family's circumstances change during the school year, you can let us know and a bus will be provided within three school days. Students who requested a bus and do not ride will be dropped from the route after two weeks.

Families should call the bus garage at 651-982-8190 if their plans have changed and they need a bus for their student. 

New students and families can opt in to busing on their enrollment forms.

Forest Lake Area Schools Transportation



Welcome to the Transportation Department of Forest Lake Area Schools. Our mission is to transport all eligible students in an efficient and timely manner in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Minnesota Department of Education and Forest Lake Area School Board policies. We strive to create conditions that contribute to the success of students by providing comfortable, reliable and safe transportation service.


To contact the Transportation Department please call: (651) 982-8190 Address: 207 NW 6th Ave, Forest Lake, MN 55025

  •  The Forest Lake School District owns and operates 110 school buses and seven Type III school buses.
  • School District buses travel over 1.6 million miles per year.
  • Geographically, the School District covers approximately 220 square miles.
  • 80% of the 135 Transportation Department employees are school district residents.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are nearly eight times safer than the family car. 
  • Every year, approximately 440,000 public school buses nationwide travel 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million students to and from school and school-related activities.
  • The school bus is the only mode of transportation that has been reducing accidents, injuries and fatalities while increasing the number of vehicles, miles and passengers annually.