KCATA Student Pass
KCPS and KCATA are partnering to provide students with additional transportation opportunities. KCPS students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to ride KCATA buses at no cost. To receive a RideKC Student Pass, a permission slip must be obtained from the student. Students requesting a pass must be 9-12, have an 85% attendance or higher, and have a current photo on file in Tyler.RideKC buses are equipped with audio/video surveillance, free WiFi and real-time tracking. Download the free RideKC App on your Apple or Android device by searching “RideKC” in your App/Play store to plan your trip and track your ride.
Participating KCPS Schools
- Central Academy of Excellence
- East High School
- Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
- Manual Career and Technical Center
- Northeast High School
- Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
- Southeast High School
- Success Academy at Anderson
How to get your Student Pass
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use the passes?
Ninth through 12th grade students at any KCPS school.
Are the passes available to use at all hours?
Students can use their pass during normal bus operation hours unless there is a city or county curfew in place.
What if students wish to enroll in the program after Sept 13th?
Students will need to obtain a permission slip from the School Site Program Manager or the RideKC Student Pass webpage at kcpublicschools.org/studentpass. The School Site Program Manager will enroll the student in the program via Tyler. Central office staff will access new students enrolled in the program and print new RideKC Student Passes at the end of each academic quarter.
(Example: A School Site Program Manager enrolls the student in the program via Tyler on October 14th, the student will not receive a RideKC Student Pass until after Dec 20th.)
What happens if I lose my pass?
If students receive a RideKC Student Pass and then lose the card, they will need to pay a $5.00 replacement fee. The following steps should be taken:
- The student will see the School Site Program Manager. The School Site Program Manager will direct the student to visit the school Bookkeeper.
- The Bookkeeper will take the $5.00 replacement fee and provide the student with a receipt. The Bookkeeper will deposit the funds in the General School Fund – Miscellaneous Revenue.
- The student will need to provide the receipt to the School Site Program Manager.
- The School Site Program Manager will need to upload the receipt to Tyler and make a note in the comments section regarding loss of the card and payment of $5.*
- The School Site Program Manager will need to complete this Google form to request a replacement card.
*Please note: No replacement card will be issued without a copy of the receipt uploaded to Tyler.
What happens if a student enrolled in the program falls below the 85% attendance requirement?
Attendance will not be examined until the end of each quarter. If a student is below 85% attendance at the end of the quarter, his card will be turned off and will no longer work on KCATA transit. The student has the ability to improve his attendance and regain ridership privileges.
Example: A student receives a RideKC student pass in September. The district checks attendance on December 20th (the end of second quarter) and the student has an attendance rate of 84%. The student’s card is deactivated as of December 20th. On March 3rd (the end of third quarter), the district checks and the student has an attendance rate of 85%. The student’s card is reactivated as of March 3rd.
How will the student know if his card is active/inactive?
All cards are active, unless the parent/guardian receives communication from the school district or KCATA stating otherwise. If a student falls below the 85% attendance requirement, an email will be sent to the parent. Parents are required to submit a valid email address on the permission slip. If/when the student regains at least 85% attendance at the end of the next quarter, another email will be sent to the parent/guardian. Attendance can always be monitored by the parent/guarding via the Parent Portal.
If a student’s card is deactivated, should they dispose of the card?
No. The student should retain the inactive card in the event their attendance improves and it is reactivated at a later date. If the student no longer has the card when it is reactivated, this will be treated as a lost/stolen card and will require a $5 replacement fee as outlined above.
How will attendance be calculated?
Attendance is cumulative from the first day of school (or enrollment) to the date it is examined.
Example: When the district checks attendance at the end of first quarter (Sept 13), the rate is based upon attendance from the first day of school (or enrollment) to Sept 13. When the district checks attendance at the end of second quarter (Dec 20), the rate is based upon attendance from the first day of school (or enrollment) to Dec 20, etc.
Can the pass be taken away for disciplinary reasons?
Students who ride public transportation must submit to all KCATA rules and regulations. Student ridership privileges may be revoked at any time by either participating schools or KCATA. RideKC has a passenger code of conduct to ensure a safe and pleasant ride at RideKC.org.
Can my sibling, parent or another student use my card?
Cards may not be used by, exchanged, or transferred to anyone other than the student issued the card.
Can a student sign up for a pass without their parent/guardian’s permission?
A parent/guardian must sign permission slips and return them to the school before students can get a pass.
What if a student does not have a photo uploaded to Tyler?
All students must have a picture in Tyler to participate in the program. If a student does not have an ID photo in Tyler, the school is responsible for taking a photo and uploading it to the student information system.
What if a parent/guardian originally completes the permission slip, but later decides they do not want their child participating?
Parents/guardians can revoke ridership privileges at any time by contacting their child’s school. The School Site Program Manager will then notify email@example.com.
What if schools/parents have additional questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.