• Students must have a SMART Tag in order to ride the bus.
  • Bus Route information seen on the SMART Tag Parent Portal will remain subject to change without notice until the start of school, so please verify that info just before the start of school.
  • Changes made after the start of school, if any, will be communicated in advance.
  • Bus service options are part of the Additional Options section of Express Check In for your student's school
  • if eligible for busing based on residential address. The bus pass will be printed and with the driver on the assigned route for distribution.
  • Students are welcome to ride without a pass while cards are being processed and distributed.
  • NOTE:  If you have already completed Express Check In, and need to now register for bus service, you can do so by accessing the "Manage Transportation Options" app via the link on your student's profile on the DCSD Engaged Parent Portal
  • Upon completing the steps above, please check for bus route and stop information for your student on the SMART Tag Parent Portal.


  • For the 23-24 School Year, Transportation implemented rolling bus cancellations due to driver shortages
  • You can find the Schedule here


  • Cost is $1.00 each way
  • Student(s) that qualifiy for free and reduced lunch there is no cost for the buses)

Bus Route Information

Generally, DCSD school bus service will be available to the following:

  • Elementary students who live approximately 1 mile or more from their assigned neighborhood school

  • Middle and high school students who live approximately 2 miles or more from their assigned neighborhood school

  • All eligible students with special needs, as well as homeless and foster children, and other eligible students as required by law

  • Students that are open enrolled are not eligible for bus services. See Board Policy EEAA 

  • Click here to read about prohibited items on buses

General education students who are eligible will have a transportation link available at to request a new bus pass and make your transportation fee choice for the 22/23 school year. If you do not have this link, you may not be eligible for transportation. Please reach out to us to verify this information.

If you have any questions regarding DCSD bus transportation, please submit them through Let's Talk.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).