Overview / Policy
The District's transportation program is designed to transport students who live an unreasonable walking distance from their attendance area boundary assigned school, to school and back in a safe, reliable, efficient and effective manner. The Board of Education's policy on student transportation can be found at the following link: EEA
Only those students who are authorized transportation services will be permitted to board and ride the bus. Principals, other administrators and teachers designated by the principal to assist with student management will be allowed to ride the bus. Parents are not authorized to board the bus or ride as a passenger unless they are approved chaperons for field trips or have prior approval from the school principal and the Director of Transportation.
The District furnishes transportation to all students to their assigned school in accordance with the transportation attendance area boundaries established by the Board of Education. The established non-transported areas generally fall into the following radii from schools:
Elementary - 1 mile
Middle - 1.5 miles
High School - 2.0 miles
Transportation shall be furnished for shorter distances if, in the opinion of the Superintendent or designee, extreme hardship or dangerous conditions prevail. The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is the forum for reviewing transported and non-transported areas.
Board Policy EEAA provides an overview of eligibility for transportation services.
Regulation EEAA-R provides the regulation for implementation of the District’s policy.
The District uses a Transportation Service Index (TSI) as a tool to aid in determining transported areas.
Transportation Service Index (TSI) Evaluation Form
Information on school attendance areas, transportation eligibility and busing information can be accessed for individual home addresses with School Finder.
Choice Enrolled / Transfer Students
The District does not provide transportation services for students granted permission to attend school outside their attendance area (permit students). Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Choice enrolled / transfer students may apply for Space Available Transportation services.
Students considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act will be evaluated for transportation eligibility by the District homeless liaison or his/her designee.
Route Design and Changes
In establishing bus routes, where feasible, students shall not be required to walk more than one-half mile from their residence to the bus stop.
Routes will be continuously evaluated during the school year to ensure safety and optimization of efficiency. As such, some routes may be redesigned or combined during the school year. When this occurs, the school, parents and students will be notified prior to implementation.
Drivers are to make no changes whatsoever in routes or receiving and discharging points. In cases where road conditions require an immediate decision, and such changes are absolutely required, drivers shall contact the Dispatcher for approval. When such conditions prevail, safety of the students is to be the governing factor. Drivers are to report such conditions to the transportation supervisor as soon as possible.
Board Policy EEAC provides an overview of bus scheduling and routing.
Regulation EEAC-R provides the regulation for implementation of the District's policy on bus scheduling and routing.
School Bus Route Times
Stop times are the time of departure from the stop. Students should be at the stop at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Time will be based on the Naval Observatory Master Clock (phone 567-6742 or on the WEB at http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/timer.pl)
Departure times from schools will be published and adhered to. Students should be on the bus at least 1 minute prior to departure and should not loiter outside the bus, waiting for the departure time. If buses depart on time, they shall not be called back to the school for students who miss the bus. Once the driver has closed the door and the buses start to move they will not stop to allow students to board. Students should not run after the bus as it departs. Route times for delivering students are approximate arrival times at bus stops.