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School Bus Transportation Information

School choice and interdistrict transfer request families need to plan to abide by your transfer agreement and provide transportation for your student each day.  School buses are expected to be at capacity.  Secondary students may qualify for a bus pass provided by the transportation department.  Information regarding the Ben Franklin Transit bus pass program can be found here: http://www.rsd.edu/departments/transportation.html


2017-18 School Bus Routes

Please take the time to review the School Bus Rules and Student Conduct on Buses with your student: https://app.eduportal.com/public/folders/list/59402/1095333

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Important information for parents

If you are new to the district and/or riding the school bus, please contact the routing desk at 967-6155 so that we may provide your driver with a New Rider Info slip, an inter-office communication form filled out by our staff.  This will let the driver know where your student plans to get on and off the school bus.  

All students should be at their bus stop at least five minutes prior to the estimated pickup time.  Parents of young riders should plan to meet their student at their bus stop each day until they are confident their student can walk home from the bus stop alone.  Please take the time to walk with your student to/from your neighborhood bus stop and make sure they understand your expectations for after school.

If you have a kindergartner, your driver will be asking for this Kindergarten Bus Release form for your student.  This lets your driver know what to expect when they are dropping off your kindergartner.  Kindergartners are expected to be met at their bus stop until we receive written permission to let them off alone.  If you did not get a Kindergarten Bus Release form please click on the red link above.

Please tell your kindergartner to not get off the bus if they do not see who is supposed to meet them, and to tell their driver.  Also, younger students can fall asleep, or get caught up in conversations with friends and forget to get off at their stop.  If this happens they need to tell their driver so that we can be sure to get them home safe. 

If your student 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 picked up your student from school. This happens often and can be a frightening experience for any parent.

Have your phone number, resident address or emergency contacts changed?  Please take the time to update your information for all of your students at each of their schools.  Should we have any questions about your student we will be using the resources you have provided to contact you.

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.

New Routes for Ben Franklin Transit as of September 18, 2017


School Bus Rules and Conduct

The Richland School District has enjoyed a long history of safe and efficient student transportation.  As we attempt to continue this tradition in compliance with local, state and federal regulations, please be aware of the following key expectations for those using school district transportation:

What can be transported inside of buses?

  • State and Federal laws require the aisles and emergency exits remain clear, the driver’s views remain unobstructed and that no loose items that may cause injury to passengers be allowed on buses.  All carry on items must be enclosed in a soft bag, backpack or smooth cornered carry case that can fit between the rider’s legs within the seat area.
  • If there is any doubt as to the appropriateness of an item, contact the transportation department prior to attempting to board with the item.
  • Students who attempt to board a bus with inappropriate items will be requested to leave the item behind or find other transportation.

Please be on time at the designated pick-up location:

  • All riders should be at their stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Riders should line up and stand away from the curb/traffic lane until the bus is ready to load.
  • Buses are on a tight schedule and can not wait for late riders.
  • Riders should only ride their assigned bus to and from their assigned stops.

Please be respectful of others:

  • The driver is ultimately responsible and as such is in charge of the bus.  Please follow all driver (and other district staff supervision) directions.
  • Riders will observe standard rules of classroom conduct while on buses.
  • Talking is allowed at a level that is not distracting to the driver.
  • Students are not permitted to use laser lights, flashlight mirrors or any other device on the bus that may interfere with the safe operation of the bus.
  • Please keep the buses litter free.
  • Acts of vandalism and/or intentional damage may result in discipline in addition to being charged the cost of repairs/cleaning.
  • Eating is not allowed in district vehicles unless specifically authorized by the transportation department on a case-by-case basis.  This is not only due to cleanliness but also the wide variety of allergies present across the district.

Please act in a safe manner:

  • Never get on or off a moving vehicle.
  • Riders should go directly to their seat and remain seated whenever the bus is in motion.
  • Windows may only be open with permission of the driver.
  • Nothing should ever be extended out of the bus windows.
  • When exiting the bus and crossing the street, always cross in front of the bus to take advantage of the bus traffic gate and lights for safe crossing.
  • No open flames or burning is allowed on buses.