Martin Willis, Manager
Debbie Cole, Supervisor of Safety & Training
Office Hours: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Transportation Department would like to
make your experience requesting transportation as pleasant as possible. These guidelines should help answer most of
your questions and help you understand district procedures that govern home-to-school
transportation. All forms referenced
herein are posted on Transportation’s webpage (internal portal).
1. Walking Distance: Students
may be eligible for transportation services to-and-from school if the distance
between their home and school is beyond the minimum distance listed below:
School Students (Grades K-6) 2.0 Miles
- Middle School
Students (Grades 6-8) 3.5 Miles
The minimum walking distance
shall be measured by the shortest vehicular route from the student’s residence
to the nearest boundary point of the school campus.
2. Bus Evacuation Drill:
At the beginning of the school year, the Transportation staff provides
instructions to students on proper bus riding procedures and how to evacuate
the bus in the event of an emergency.
During the evacuation drill, all students use the emergency exit.
3. School Bus Handbook:
At the beginning of the school year, all students riding the bus receive
a School Bus Handbook prior to the bus evacuation drill. This handbook covers safety issues, student
conduct while riding the bus, and expected behavior while waiting at the bus
stop. Please contact Transportation if
you would like extra copies for your site.
4. Kindergarten Students:
a. Bus Tags: School
sites must provide bus tags for kindergarten students who ride the bus. Students not wearing a bus tag will be
transported to school and issued a Conduct Notice. The bus tag must include the student’s name, bus
stop, and phone number to ensure the student is boarding the correct bus and
exiting at the correct bus stop.
b. Release Requirements:
Kindergarten students will not be released from the bus unless someone
meets them at their bus stop.
Transportation will attempt to call the parent at the phone number listed
on the Bus Tag. If no one answers or
shows up, the student will be returned to school and issued a Conduct
Notice. If this becomes a habit, bus
services may be suspended.
c. Riding in Front Seat:
Kindergarten students are required to ride in the front seats. This allows the driver to pay close attention
to them until they learn the bus rules.
Many parents want their children to sit together; however, it is
necessary to keep younger students up front for their own safety. Kindergarten students have a tendency to want
to crawl on the floor and under seats, so additional attention is necessary
during their first year on the bus.
Students in special education programs that
have a specific transportation request noted on their IEP will receive the
1. Request for Service:
All requests should be directed to the Special Ed Department via a
“Transportation Request-Change Form.” The
Special Ed Department will process this form and forward to
Transportation. After Transportation
receives the form, it can take up to 10 working days to place a student on a
route. Transportation will notify the
parent and school of the route number and pickup times after all arrangements
have been made.
2. Wheelchair Condition:
Students transported in wheelchairs must maintain a clean chair in good working
order, equipped with working brakes and a seatbelt. On electric wheelchairs, the battery must be
in a leak proof box and the power turned off during transport. Transportation will inspect all wheelchairs
before service begins to ensure they meet these requirements. Only wheelchairs that have been certified for
transport are allowed on the bus.
3. Permission to Release Student: Students receiving special
education or SDC transportation must have someone meet them at the bus when it
arrives at the bus stop or home. If a
parent wishes to have a student released
unsupervised or to another person, then a “Permission to Release Student
(Release of Liability)” form must be sent to Transportation at the beginning of
every school year. If the student does
not feel comfortable getting off the bus unsupervised, the student will be
returned to school.
4. Undeliverable Students:
Students that require someone meet them at the bus will be returned to
school or the Special Ed Department if no one shows up. Transportation will attempt to call the parent
before returning the student. If this
becomes a habit, the student will receive a Conduct Notice and transportation services
may be suspended.
5. Moved or Dropped Students: When a student moves or leaves our district, please
submit a “Transportation Request-Change Form” so the student can be removed
from the route and/or placed on a new route.
1. Pickup at Bus Stop: All
students should arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to their scheduled
pickup time. Buses will only wait one (1)
minute past the pickup time before departing.
Buses cannot wait any longer; otherwise, students will arrive late to
school. If the bus happens to run late,
students should be patient. The bus may
have run into traffic, been delayed by a train, etc. If the bus is 15 minutes late, please call
Transportation for an ETA.
2. Pickup at School Site:
The bus will only wait four (4) minutes past the bell time before
departing. We have a lot of students to
take home and parents are waiting. If
the bus is 15 minutes late, please call Transportation for an ETA.
3. Drop-off at Bus Stop:
We do not give drop-off times due to the many factors that can affect
our schedule (traffic, absent students, late parents, etc.). Students that require someone meet them at
the bus will be returned to school or the Special Ed Department if no one shows
up. Transportation will attempt to call
the parent before returning the student.
If this becomes a habit, the student will receive a Conduct Notice and
transportation services may be suspended.
Students that disobey the bus driver will
receive a Conduct Notice (consequences listed thereon). Depending on the infraction, a student may
lose their bus riding privileges.
California State Law states:
AUTHORITY OF THE DRIVER [5 CCR §14103(a)]: Pupils transported in a school bus or in a
school pupil activity bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible
directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible
for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus or being
escorted across a street, highway, or road.
Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the
authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation. A bus driver shall not require any pupil to
leave the bus en route between home and school or other destinations.
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month
during the school year, Transportation conducts a district wide radio check at 9:15am, plus two random radio checks. Radios should be tuned to channel 1.
We conduct radio checks to ensure that all
sites have a working 2-way radio. If you
experience radio problems, enter a work order for the electrical shop. This is a valuable tool in our emergency
preparedness plan. In the event of a
district wide emergency, the Transportation Department will contact each site
to inquire about its condition. There
may be times when our 2-way radios are our only form of communication.
After the Transportation
Department receives a program request (see direction below), it can take up to
10 days to place a student on a route.
Transportation will notify the parent and school of the route number and
pickup times after all arrangements have been made. If a parent wishes to have someone meet the
student at the bus stop, Transportation needs to be notified; otherwise the
student will be released unsupervised at the bus stop.
1. After School Programs:
Schools requesting bus service for an after school program must follow
the same procedures as a field trip (see Field Trip Guidelines posted on
2. Overflow Program: When
the school of residence has reached capacity for any grade level, they should
begin the overflow transfer process.
Transportation services will be provided for students attending school
outside their school attendance area if the distance between their home and
school is beyond the district’s minimum walking distance. When this happens, the school of residence must
submit an “Overflow Request Form” to Transportation.
3. Newcomer Program: If a
student from another country enrolls in school and the parent desires bus
service, please contact the English Language Learners Department for direction.
4. Transitional Program (McKinney-Vento Act): If a student needs bus service as a result of
changes in their living conditions, please contact your school site’s outreach
representative for direction.