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Back-To-School

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Welcome back! The first day of school is Sept. 3.

This section includes helpful resources to ensure that you and your child are ready for the first day of school. Find all of your back-to-school information, including bus stop information, open house and registration events, immunization clinics and more. For school supply lists, visit your child’s school website.

What’s new this year?

Beginning this fall, parents whose children ride the bus to and from school each day will be able to track the location of their child’s bus using a smartphone application. The District 196 Transportation Department is piloting the “Here Comes The Bus” app this summer and launched the app in August. Learn more about Here Comes The Bus.

District 196 Levy 2019

District 196 voters have a choice to make this fall. Faced with the possibility of up to $18 million in additional budget cuts over the next two years, the district is asking voters to revoke the existing levy referendum authority and replace it with a new 10-year referendum authority increase of  $627 per pupil. Visit the Levy 2019 page for more information about the levy and voting options.

Important dates and open house information

Transportation

Postcards will be mailed beginning Aug. 19 to families of students eligible to receive transportation to and from school during the 2019-20 school year.

The postcard includes information on bus stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times. Parents and guardians who do not receive a postcard and believe their child is eligible to receive transportation can call the Transportation Department at 651-423-7685. The district also offers optional transportation service for a fee for students who do not qualify based on the current service distances; for more information, visit the Transportation Department page.

Bus stop information is also available through the Campus Parent portal, click on “More,” then “Transportation”. This information is updated nightly to reflect any changes to bus routes and stops.

Optional transportation service for a fee is available to families whose children are not eligible for free transportation based on current service distances.

Optional bus service is $300 for the entire school year

The annual cost is $300 per student, with a $600 family maximum. Families whose children qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals receive the service for a discounted rate. State law requires districts to provide transportation for students living two miles or more from their school and for students who receive special education services and require transportation as part of their individual education program. Districts are allowed to charge a fee for transportation provided within the two-mile minimum radius, except transportation for individuals with special needs.

District 196 offers better service than required by state law. The starting point for elementary service is one mile from school and for middle school and high school service it is one and one-half miles. Students living within these distances from their school are not eligible for free transportation, except those who would, if they were to walk to school, need to cross a railway or roadway defined by district regulation as hazardous. Families whose children are not eligible for free transportation service based on distance or hazardous crossings have the option to purchase it.

For more information, visit the Transportation Department page or call 651-423-7685.

School start and end times

High Schools               

  • Apple Valley High School – Start: 7:30 a.m. | End: 2:20 p.m.
  • Area Learning Center – Start: 8:30 a.m. | End: 1:45 p.m.
  • Eagan High School – Start: 7:25 a.m. | End: 2:15 p.m.
  • Eastview High School – Start: 7:30 a.m. | End: 2:25 p.m.
  • Rosemount High School – Start: 7:30 a.m. | End: 2:20 p.m.
  • School of Environmental Studies – Start: 7:35 a.m. | End:2:05 p.m.

Middle Schools                       

  • Blackhawk Middle School – Start: 8:00 a.m. | End: 3:00 p.m.
  • Dakota Hills Middle School – Start: 8:00 a.m. | End: 3:00 p.m.
  • Falcon Ridge Middle School – Start: 8:00 a.m. | End: 3:00 p.m.
  • Rosemount Middle School – Start: 8:03 a.m. | End: 3:03 p.m.
  • Scott Highlands Middle School – Start: 8:03 a.m. | End: 3:03 p.m.
  • Valley Middle School of STEM – Start: 7:40 a.m. | End: 2:40 p.m.

Elementary Schools                

  • Cedar Park Elementary School (Magnet) – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Diamond Path Elementary School (Magnet) – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Deerwood Elementary School– Start: 8:20 a.m. | End: 2:40 p.m.
  • East Lake Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Echo Park Elementary School (Magnet) – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Glacier Hills Elementary School (Magnet) – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Greenleaf Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Highland Elementary School – Start: 8:25 a.m. | End: 2:45 p.m.
  • Northview Elementary School – Start: 8:35 a.m. | End: 2:55 p.m.
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School (Magnet) – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Parkview Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Pinewood Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Red Pine Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Rosemount Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Shannon Park Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | 3:45 p.m.
  • Southview Elementary School – Start: 8:40 a.m. | End: 3:00 p.m.
  • Thomas Lake Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Westview Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.
  • Woodland Elementary School – Start: 9:25 a.m. | End: 3:45 p.m.

Alternate Education Facilities            

  • Cedar Valley Learning Center – Times vary, call your child's specific program      
  • Dakota Ridge – Start: 9:10 a.m. | End: 3:40 p.m.
  • Dakota Valley Learning Center – Times vary, call your child's specific program      
  • Transition Plus Special Education – Start: 8:00 a.m. | End: 2:30 p.m.