Important information for parents of bus riders

We hope to make your child’s school bus experience safe, pleasant and efficient.

Each school has a list of school buses serving that school. Get that list from your child’s school at schedule pick-up or on the school website. You can find our schools here.

Before the first day, make sure your child knows his or her bus stop location, school bus number and home telephone number.

Please help your child understand and obey all school bus rules. These rules appear in the 2016-17 Student Code of Conduct available on this website or at your child’s school.

Your child needs to begin riding the bus right away. We need to know exactly how many students will ride each bus as soon as possible. For instance, new students may have moved to your area over the summer. As a result, we may need to adjust bus pick-up times, drop-off times or even the route itself in order to make your child’s ride shorter and more comfortable. We also use this information to justify additional routes or buses.

Your child’s bus route will stabilize within two weeks. Once this happens, there should be no more than a 10-minute fluctuation in times from day to day.

After the first 20 school days, state law prohibits the district from operating overloaded school buses. If we need to make some other type of adjustment, however, we will do so after the first two weeks of school and notify you accordingly.

If your child needs to be dropped off somewhere other than your home (a neighbor’s house or day care center for example), you must apply for an exception. You can do this by filling out a special request form available at your child’s school. This form must be submitted, signed and approved by a school administrator at your child’s school before the Transportation Office can make any route changes. This process may take three to five days.

We transport students for child care purposes only if we have the space available and only within your child’s attendance area. We will let you know, by the third week of the school year, if we can accommodate your request.

Once school starts, if your child wants to go home one afternoon with another child who rides a different school bus, you need to check with the appropriate official (usually an assistant principal) at your child’s school. Please do not send your child to school with a permission slip giving him/her permission to ride another bus without first checking with that school official.

Kindergartners

Prekindergarten and kindergarten students ride the regular elementary route school buses that serve your street, and they board and depart those buses at the regular bus stops.

A parent, guardian or a person (third grade or older) authorized by a parent/guardian must accompany each prekindergarten and kindergarten student to the bus stop and put that student on the school bus each morning.  A parent, guardian or a person (third grade or older) authorized by a parent/guardian must also meet each prekindergarten and kindergarten student at the school bus stop in the afternoon.