Update for the 2020-2021 School Year
For the 2020-2021 school year, the District will not provide any general education transportation to Polaris due to Covid-19 health and social distancing guidelines for transportation. For information about the state of transportation for the 2020-2021 school year, please see the district website.
Transportation for Eligible Students
Students who reside in the Polaris Gifted Magnet feeder school zone (feeder schools listed below) have traditionally been eligible for transportation.
The Polaris Gifted Magnet feeder school zone includes the following feeder schools: Ashley, Cole, Columbine, DCIS Fairmont, Dora Moore, Garden Place, Greater Five Points Enrollment Zone, Greenlee, Harrington, Montclair, Palmer, Park Hill, Smith, Stapleton Enrollment Zone, Stedman, Swansea, and Teller.
The district transportation office sets the bus routes and communicates bus stop locations and times to eligible families in late July or August.
Any questions concerning bus service routing should be directed to routing at 720-423-4699 or http://transportation.dpsk12.org/.
Exception Request Process
Polaris students who are not eligible for transportation (i.e., reside outside of the Polaris Gifted Magnet feeder school zone) can submit a request for a transportation exception to ride an existing Polaris bus, space permitting. Students receiving an exception are placed at the closest existing stop according to the student’s address. Families can submit an exception request starting in approximately mid-July (check exact time frames on the district transportation office website).
Polaris Transportation Working Group
The District notified Polaris families in January 2020 that it will need to make changes to the Polaris bus service, including possible reduction in bus service in future school years. These changes are separate from the temporary elimination of general education transportation for Polaris for the 2020-2021 school year due to Covid-19.
Before any long-term changes to the Polaris transportation service occurs, the District has committed to engage the Polaris community to inform and help drive the decision on the future state of Polaris transportation services. Specifically, the District will convene a working group to:
(1) study the need for changes to the Polaris transportation service and
(2) provide feedback on district proposals and suggest alternatives.
The Working Group will be composed of district representatives from the transportation and gifted and talented departments and Polaris community members representing a cross-section of grades and neighborhoods chosen by the Polaris CSC. In the spring of 2020, the CSC conducted its initial selection of working group members.
In August 2020, the District notified the Polaris community of the need to postpone the working group because of too many unknowns regarding the duration of Covid-19 social distancing requirements for transportation, as well as the district’s budgetary future. The start date of the working group is currently unknown. However, the working group will convene before any long-term change to Polaris transportation service occurs. The CSC will be responsible for identifying any replacement working group members in the event previously selected members are no longer interested or available to participate.