Routes should be established so as to:
- Avoid, whenever possible, left-hand turns when entering or exiting high speed roadways;
- Avoid students crossing a four-lane road;
- Minimize stopping on multi-lane roads, unless the bus can get completely off the road;
- Avoid, if possible, crossing railroad tracks;
- Provide transportation to students who live within the distance specified for state funding from school or who would have to walk on a roadway declared unsafe by the superintendent or designee;
- Deliver students to their school no more than thirty (30) minutes before school starts. NOTE: It is desired that students arrive at school approximately fifteen (15) minutes prior to start time;
- Pick up students at school within five (5) minutes of dismissal, unless a delay is caused by a double run, or another guideline. In that case, students should be picked up within no more than thirty (30) minutes;
- Allow for a minimum “dead head” time between and to runs and no more than fifteen (15) minutes standby time between runs – except on early dismissal schedules, provided that, unless approved by the superintendent or designee, all waiting time will be on school property;
- Avoid travel on dead end roads, unless it is necessary within these guidelines and there is an ample, safe area in which a bus can turn around, without backing;
- Fill each bus to rated capacity, provided that it is economically feasible and within the other routing guidelines;
- Have minimum overlap or duplication in bus routes serving the same school; and
- Avoid travel on private roads, drives or property, on unimproved roads (not surfaced to county/city standards), which are in such bad condition as to cause damage to a bus.
Bus Stop Guidelines
Bus stops will be established that:
- Are frequent enough so students do not have to walk more than one (1) mile to and from the bus. Bus stops may be more frequent when the road has been declared unsafe for walking;
- Are located where students can stand a safe distance from the road;
- Allow, where possible, the bus to stop on the traveled portion of the road using the stop sign to control traffic, or to get completely off the traveled portion of the road;
- Provide at least 500 feet on all roadways of unobstructed visibility, both ways;
- Require as few students as possible to cross roadways with no students crossing multiple lane roads and highways; and
- Are located where no damage is likely to occur to private property and where the number of students waiting does not create unsafe conditions and/or situations.
Courtesy Bussing Guidelines
Parents and students participating in this program must adhere to the following conditions and regulations:
- Each year, prior to this program being implemented, transportation will develop an “eligible rider” list for each bus route. The list will have the following order:
(a) students within the one mile radial boundary;
(b) students that have two homes;
(c) students who have been granted admission to a district school other than their local school through the transfer process; and
(d) based on the order received.
The eligible rider list will be checked against the average and maximum number of students who have ridden the bus during the first 6 weeks of school to determine the number of courtesy bus space that might be approved.
- District officials will develop a system of selection for when there are more applications than spaces available on the bus. The selection will be based on the order of the eligible rider list. The developed list will be maintained for those children who could not participate in the courtesy busing program due to space available.
- The parents/ guardians of the student will be informed when the student is approved or denied authorization to ride the bus based on the number of students eligible to ride the bus, the number actually riding the bus, and the capacity of the bus. The student(s) will be approved to receive service from the nearest designated stop.
- Should an overflow occur after the approval is granted due to an increase in the number of eligible riders wanting bus service, the parents/ guardians will be informed that the student is no longer allowed to ride the bus and the parents/ guardians will be responsible for getting their child(ren) to and from school. Those displaced students(s) will be placed at the top of the waiting list.