Families do not need to sign their students up for the bus at the start of school. Our routing software communicates with our student enrollment software so we know who to expect about 95% of the time. Drivers will be getting to know who is riding their bus the first couple of weeks of school. Anyone whose name is not on their list will be verified and if there is an issue someone will contact parents directly, so please take the time to update your phone numbers, and emergency contact information for all of your students at each school.
Students should be at their bus stop at least five minutes prior to the estimated pick up time.
Parents of young riders should plan to meet their students bus after school each day until they are confident their student can walk from the bus stop alone. Kindergartners are expected to be met at the bus stop until we receive written permission to let them off alone. Schools are handing out Kinder Cards for parents to use to help us know what to expect each day after school. If you did not get one, ask your students bus driver for one.
Parents of kindergartners should tell their student not to get off the bus if they do not see them waiting for them, and tell the driver. Our younger students can fall asleep, or get caught up in conversations with friends and forget to pay attention to where the bus is and forget to get off at their bus stop. If this happens they need to tell their driver so that we can be sure to get them home safe.
If your bus rider is not home when you expect, more than 10 minutes late, you may contact the dispatch office at 967-6151 and we will help you locate your student. Call your family members to find out if someone else picked up your student from school. This happens more than you know and can be a frightening experience for any parent.
Realize the start of school is a hectic time so drivers may be getting to your stop a bit later than expected as they get to know who is riding their bus.
Riding the bus is a fun privilege for students and it is important that everyone knows what to expect. Teach your students to be safe, respectful riders and to always listen to their bus driver. Their safety is our #1 priority and following the rules is their responsibility.