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Moorhead Area Public Schools announce changes to student busing

Families living within 2 miles of Horizon Middle School or Moorhead High School will not be eligible to ride the bus. Elementary schools will keep the 1-mile radius.

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MOORHEAD — Due to the shortage of bus drivers, Moorhead Area Public Schools has made changes to student busing for the 2022-23 school year.

Families living within 2 miles of Horizon Middle School or Moorhead High School will not be eligible to ride the bus, according to a release from Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Elementary schools will keep the 1-mile radius.

Due to the changes in routes, the number of students on some buses will increase from 55 to over 70 in some cases. Rural Moorhead High School routes will be combined resulting in longer ride times.

Private school families living within 2 miles of the school will not receive busing. Private school routes will also be combined with public school routes.

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Families of students who are no longer eligible to receive busing will be notified by the school district by Aug. 19.

Moorhead Area Public Schools and the City of Moorhead are currently working on safe crosswalks at major intersections.

As bus drivers become available, the district will work quickly to create more bus routes for students and their families, with the goal to be running at full capacity by winter, the release said.

The district is currently looking at a before-school program to help ease the process for students and families.

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