Special Education Transportation

Sparta Area Schools strives to provide safe and efficient transportation for our students.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's Special Education transportation, contact the Special Education Office at 616-887-7359.

Dean Transportation is the service provider for our special education students placed in Regional and/or Center-Based programming.  


  • If Sparta closes due to inclement weather, Dean Transportation will NOT transport your student to their programming out of district.
  • If the district your student is placed in for programming closes due to inclement weather, Dean Transportation will NOT provide transportation to their programming.
  • If you transport your student to school (programming in an open district when Sparta is closed), it will be your responsibility to transport your student home.
  • You have been added to our inclement weather related call list and will receive a phone call, email and/or text message (you will need to opt-in to continue receiving text messages).

DEAN Transportation Student & Parent Handbook

Transportation Contact Information - Keep it Updated!

In an effort to ensure you are notified when Sparta Area Schools is closed or delayed (as closing/delay would affect your students transportation to their out of district programming), we are asking that you update your contact information with us as changes occur.  We, in turn, will update our system with the information provided. 

Here Comes the Bus:  A School Bus Tracking App for Families

GPS school bus tracking technology is available to all parents and guardians of Kent ISD special education students who ride Dean Transportation buses. This free service provides families with the ability to track the location of their students’ buses in real-time, either on a computer or a mobile device. Participation is optional.

Tracking Features:

  • Shows the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map
  • Gives scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for bus routes
  • Provides push and email notifications when the bus is near

Sign Up Instructions for Parents:

  • Download the "Here Comes the Bus" app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  • Click the "Sign Up" button.
  • Enter school code 29983 and click "Next" followed by "Confirm."
  • Complete the "User Profile" box.
  • Under "My Students" click "Add." Enter your child's last name (up to 14 characters including a hyphen or a space) and student ID number.
  • Once you confirm your information, you're ready to begin.

Watch Intro Video