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    ORCA Card ORCA Cards | Returning students who live 2.5 miles from Ballard HS should have received ORCA card info in the mail from Transportation. Questions?  Visit SPS Transportation or call 206-252-0900.

    Breaking News!


    The First Student bus drivers have stated they are still on strike Thursday, Feb. 8. This means there will be no yellow school bus service starting Thursday and until further notice. You will need to use your family’s plan to get your student to and from school. We will remind families who will be affected by the strike by phone and email.

    If you have questions that are not addressed below, please send us an email at

    SPS Commitment to Families | Our commitment is to alert you of significant developments, such as a strike being called or if First Student resolves its labor issues with the union. The district will call and/or email families whose student(s) rides a First Student school bus or whose high school provides First Student shuttle service to a Metro hub. Follow Seattle Public Schools on Twitter @seapubschools and Facebook.

    Families can prepare in the following ways | Update your contact information and notification preferences at your student’s school. In an emergency, the district (and school) will send messages to all phone numbers and emails listed for your student(s). Paper forms are available at each school or make changes in the SchoolMessenger app. Read more about how to update your communication preferences. Review and refresh your family’s backup transportation and after-school care plan. We recognize the uncertainty for our families and schools. We appreciate your patience.

    This FAQ information applies to our Ballard High School families that use shuttle transportation to and from Metro hubs provided by First Student.

    Queen Anne & Magnolia AM SHUTTLE INFO

    Metro Connection Routes AM ONLY Shuttles for 2017-18  

    Times and Locations


    8:08 am START W Government Way @ Brygger Dr W @ 34th Ave W
    8:08 am STOP 34th Ave W @ W Elmore St (NW)
    8:30 am DEST Ballard High School LZ N-Side of Bldg On-Site


    8:08 am START W Armour St @ 34th Ave W
    8:10 am STOP 28th Ave W @ W Hayes St (NW)
    8:30 am DEST Ballard High School LZ N-Side of Bldg On-Site



    Visit the SPS Transportation webpage or call 206-252-0900 for additional transportation information as well as information about the Youth ORCA Program.