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Bus Transportation

VISTA Transportation is a cooperative venture between Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy, offering reliable bus transportation to various parts of the metro area. We are committed to providing the best possible service at the most affordable cost. All routes offer a morning, after-school and activity bus.

VISTA Transportation Coordinator: Mary Jo O'Halloran / 651-683-1770 or mohallor@vischool.org

Transportation Fees 2017-18

Routes are determined by the number of families who deposit $400 per rider, along with a signed contract for each rider by April 30, 2017.

The fee is per student and cannot be adjusted for part-time usage. Bus contracts received after June 30 will incur an additional charge to the rider fee.

VISTA buses run every day, and the time schedule does not change for late start, early dismissal or final exams.

Route2017-18 Rider FeeEach Add'l Family Rider Fee
Minneapolis$1,500$750
Saint Paul$1,500$750
Northeast/Woodbury$1,500$750
Edina/Eden Prairie$1,350$675

Please issue a check to:

VISTA Transportation
2455 Visitation Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Please note: A signed contract for each student riding the bus needs to be completed. Download and print the contract.

Severe Weather Procedures

Because so many of our families have students attending both schools, Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy will implement the same school closing or delay procedures. Unlike previous years, we will not necessarily follow the decision made by District 197 to close or delay school.

Should we choose to close or delay school, the decision will be communicated in the following ways:

  • Twin Cities television and station websites (WCCO 4, KSTP 5, Fox 9 & KARE )
  • Vis and STA websites, and school Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Emails to all parents and employees
  • Vis text message (Must register to receive text)
  • STA Alert Now phone message

We are aware that our students come from all over the metro area, so if road conditions in your area are difficult, we encourage families to use their own judgment regarding the commute to school.

School District Reimbursement

Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation students live in over 45 different school districts within Minnesota and Wisconsin.

If your student does not attend a school within the district in which you reside, you may be entitled to transportation reimbursement. Every district handles this issue differently; some districts reimburse while others do not reimburse (i.e., Minneapolis). Some districts send the reimbursement to your home (i.e., Eagan), while other districts (i.e., Edina) send one check to STA and Visitation (a check is subsequently issued to the family in the fall). School district reimbursements for VISTA riders will be applied toward our transportation costs, as stated in the bus contract.

Both Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation are located in District 197, which includes Mendota Heights, West Saint Paul and parts of Eagan and Inver Grove Heights.

As this is an issue fundamentally between the school district and taxpayer, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to contact his or her respective district in order to receive any potential district transportation reimbursement. Forms should be on your public school district website.

Please be aware that STA and Visitation provide each district with a “compulsory list” of students (in the fall) plus an “attendance sheet” (in the spring) for the number of days (the academic year is 175 days) that your student attended school for the year.

ISD 197 Information

District 197 (Mendota Heights and parts of Eagan and Inver Grove Heights) does not provide morning transportation services to Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy due to different start times. ISD 197 continues to provide after school transportation from Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy.

For questions regarding District 197 busing, please call 651-403-8320.

2016-17 Bus Information

Students who reside within Independent School District 197 and are eligible for transportation must register with the district if they plan to use bus service after school.

District 197 Buses will not run on the following days that the district is not in session (parents/students will be responsible for their own transportation on these days):

  • August 29-September 2
  • October 3
  • November 10-11
  • November 23
  • January 26-27
  • March 31-April 7
  • May 5
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