End of School Year and Summer Time
- For Students who need a Replacement card (either damaged or lost), please email your request to: TransORCA@seattleschools.org. Your requested replacement card will be mailed to your home.
- ORCA cards ordered, but not picked up by Students before last day of school, will be returned to the District Office. See #1 above to request your ORCA Card again
- For Students who chose to not pick up an ORCA card during this school year, please pick up an ORCA Card in September, when the new school year begins.
You will not be able to order an ORCA card over the summer. Only replacement requests will be considered.
Good News! Franklin HS Students Keep Your Current ORCA Card!
- Your current ORCA card will become your NEW Free Youth Transit Pass!
- Students, use your card during the summer and use for the upcoming 22-23 school year!
- Ignore the expiration date (8/31/22) on the back.
- Do not throw away your Orca Card. If you lose your card, or it gets damaged email your request to: TransORCA@seattleschools.org.
Read more about the Free Youth Transit Pass on the King County website.
Seattle Public Schools provides free transportation for students who live within their school attendance area but outside the school’s walk zone.
If a student is placed in a program, such as deaf and hard of hearing services, that is not available in your neighborhood (attendance) area school, transportation is usually provided.
Transportation Eligibility Guidelines
- Elementary and K-8 schools have a 1-mile walk boundary. Eligible students are provided service primarily on yellow school buses.
- Middle schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is either by yellow school bus or ORCA card for the Metro.
- High schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is provided with an ORCA card.
Safe Routes to School
Biking and walking are great ways to get to school. Use the City of Seattle interactive map to find safe walking and biking routes to your school.
Walk, Bike, and Roll to School
Walking, biking, and rolling to school supports exercise, reduces pollution, and connects neighbors. Studies even show students arrive at school more attentive and ready to learn. Visit this page for resources to support you in walking, biking, and rolling to school.
Bus routes are sometimes delayed due to traffic, weather, construction, or other situations.
If your bus is late, we recommend your student stay at the bus stop. Please create a plan and discuss with your student what to do if their bus is late.