Routes are designed to serve all students in an area in a safe and reasonable manner. Every effort is made to establish school bus stops near where students live. Additional considerations include keeping stops consistent for morning and afternoon routes. At the middle and high school level the number of stops on a route typically decreases and student may need to walk a bit further than they did in elementary school. Stop locations and distances may also vary depending on the number of students in the area and the area type (urban/rural) being served.