Operations And Facilities - Transportation
- The Transportation Department employs over 260 drivers who run 678 (FY18) routes per day. Our 273 buses in daily service cover 10,000 miles every day in transporting 16,000 students to and from school. In addition, there are 4,600 field trips run during the school year to various academic, cultural, and athletic events.
- Our total daily fleet of buses is equipped with two-way radios, and all regular buses also have video cameras. In addition, each trip driver who will be traveling outside of our radio range is issued a cell phone to take on the trip. Bus inspections are conducted annually by the Highway Patrol, monthly by our bus shop personnel, and twice daily by each driver; all inspections are documented and on file.
- Bus drivers hold a CDL driver's license with a Class B rating and a passenger endorsement. Trainees undergo classroom instruction, as well as several hours of state-mandated supervised practice driving. As a condition of employment, all drivers are required to pass a physical screening, a criminal background check, and are subject to random mandatory drug/alcohol testing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Children should remain at their stops. Occasionally buses will develop mechanical problems, be delayed in traffic, or have substitute drivers. The bus is coming; don't leave. If the bus is more than 20 minutes late, you can call our office at 748-2876 to find out what the problem is.
Every school has a set of the routes and maps for their attendance area. Please check with the school for that information. Middle and high school students can get this information themselves, because they have to get a bus pass from the office. If there doesn't appear to be a stop available, the school will call us for assistance.
- For a regular student: If you are moving out of the attendance area and you want him to remain at the original school, you will have to furnish your own transportation.
- For a shuttle student: You will need to take verification of your new address to the school or to Student Services, and they will fax that information to us. A decision about transportation will be made based on the new address, and you will be contacted. NOTE: If your new address is not on the established bus lines, you may have to provide your own transportation until the route can be changed.
- For a special education student: Notify the Special Education office at the Public Education Center at 2960 Macon Road about your new address, and they will fax that information to us. The supervisor will make a new bus assignment, and you will be contacted by a driver. Be aware that there could be a three-five day turnaround for this process to take place. We cannot guarantee next-day service
You must send a note to the school, and get the principal's signature giving permission. This has to be done each time and is always contingent upon the principal's approval. The driver will not allow your child to get off at a different stop without authorization from the principal. This applies to all students, including high school. Please understand this is for your child's safety.
For your child's safety and your peace of mind, someone should be at the stop to meet any student who is in grades K-2. The driver cannot wait at the stop to watch all the students walk to their homes. Also, very young students may get lost or distracted on the way home. Please have someone there who will make sure your child gets home safely. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure your child is safe to and from the bus stop
We would like to accommodate every student; however, it is impossible to do so. Bus stops are established at corners to serve an entire neighborhood. Clustering students to stops helps improve route efficiency and minimize travel time.
The driver does not have the authority to suspend anyone from the bus. The principal or assistant principal are the only ones who can make the decision to suspend a student. You should call the school and make an appointment to see the administrator.
If the instrument is too large to be held on the lap, or the bus is already close to capacity, then there is no room for instruments. Our obligation and primary purpose is to transport students, and they take precedence over band instruments. However, if the bus is not too full, and the instrument is a small one, then it can be carried on the bus and held on the student's lap.
The driver will check the bus at the end of each run, morning and afternoon. Any found items will be held on the bus for several days to give the owner the opportunity to claim them. Your child should check with the driver the next time he rides the bus.
Our drivers are generally the first to alert us to an overcrowding situation. When this comes to our attention, we will analyze the bus and the route. Students are expected to make room for other students to sit down as they board and sit three to a seat whenever possible. If the bus is still overcrowded, we will take steps to correct the problem.
All of the buses serve multiple schools and the afternoon bell times are close together. The average route time is 30 minutes plus travel time to the next school, so most buses are not able to be at their second and third schools when the bell rings.
Studies conducted since 1969 consistently show that compartmentalization is much more effective than two-point seat belts in protecting children. Compartmentalization was mandated by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards more than 20 years ago; the old metal seats were replaced with strong, well-anchored, closely spaced, high-backed seats, padded both front and back. It is the "egg-crate" theory; children, like the eggs, will move in a confined space but are generally protected from impacts by the padded seating and close construction. Statistics have proved that children are many times safer in a bus than in a passenger car.