Special School Bus
Who is Special Transportation
Special transportation will be
provided for students who are eligible because of their disability or the
location of their program. Otherwise they will ride the regular school bus
or walk to school. Curb to curb bus service is arranged by the
Transportation Dept. for students who need it. School bus safety standards are
When will your childís
bus ride start?
Every effort is made to arrange transportation as quickly as possible.
It takes an average of three (3) working days for the school bus ride to
be arranged. Parents may be asked to transport their child for a
maximum of two weeks.
If you move, will
your child ride the same bus?
An address change may require a bus change. Parents should call the
Special Services Office in advance to give them the date you are moving,
the new address and phone number. If you move into a new school district,
transportation will no longer be provided for your child.
What if a student
is picked up and dropped off at an address other than their home?
Bus routes can allow for one address for the pick-up and one address for
the drop-off, five (5) days a week. One-day changes cannot be made.
Try to keep the day care address close to home.
Can the pick-up and
drop-off time change from day to day?
Special education school bus
routes vary according to the needs of each student riding. Allow for a 5
to 10 minute leeway both morning and afternoon. Be ready and watching for
the school bus five (5) minutes before itís scheduled to arrive. The
school bus waits momentarily for the student and will not honk.
School Bus Driver
& Bus Monitor Responsibilities:
What are the school
bus driverís responsibilities?
School bus drivers are professional drivers with special training and special
licensing. They work directly for the First Student.
They are responsible for driving the bus safely, transporting the students
and staying on time. Because of tight routing they can only wait
momentarily at a bus stop before going on. Drivers are told not to blow
the horn at bus stops. If there is
not a bus monitor, the driver performs the monitorís duties.
What are the school
bus monitorsí responsibilities?
The school bus monitor works with the driver to be sure all the students
are safe on the bus. They secure seat belts, wheelchairs, necessary
supports, etc. The monitor maintains discipline, sees that students
remain buckled in their seats, and reports problems to the schools.
The monitor seeks emergency medical help when needed. They are provided
on the buses where they are most needed.
Can a bus monitor
come to the door to pick-up and drop-off a student?
Bus monitors can only work with students in the area in and around the
What are the parentís
Have your child fully clothed, toileted and ready at the bus stop 5 minutes
before pick-up time. Accompany your child to the curb. If your
child has not ridden for more than 3 days, the bus will stop coming until
you call the Special Services Office to restart your child. Notify
the Special Services Office in advance if your address, phone number or
day care arrangements change.
If your child
misses the bus, can it come back?
The driver cannot come back because of traffic and other route trips.
Transport your child to school as quickly as possible.
Whatís the parentsí
responsibility at drop-off time?
Be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to drop off your
child. Meet your child at the curb so that the driver can make custodial
transfer of your child to you or another responsible person. Students
who are not met may be taken to the police station to wait for their parents
to pick them up if other arrangements cannot be made.
How can a parent
help to make the school bus safe?
Teach your child the school bus safety rules and appropriate bus-riding
Why must the parent
fill out an emergency information form?
State Board of Education rules require that the driver have emergency and
health information in the bus for each student. Parents
must provide this information. This information is required before the
student can ride the bus.