Frequently Asked Questions
Included here are frequently asked questions for transportation. If you do not see an answer for your question, contact:
Hather Free - Transportation Supervisor
Katherine Baltes - Operations Manager
Why can't my child wait in the car for the bus?
First, for the purposes of student safety, all students need to be at the bus stop and visible five minutes before the scheduled stop time. This rule is essential to prevent accidents that result from students running after the bus. In addition, if the student is in a car, the bus driver may think the driver is taking the student to school and pull away.
What happens if my child leaves something on the bus?
Most lost or misplaced items are kept under the bus driver’s care for a few days. If the items are not picked up by the student within a few days, they will be placed in the lost-and-found at the student's school. The exception is instruments and expensive electronic devices like mobile phones and MP3 players. These items are kept protected in the bus garage as soon as they are found. To reclaim an item that is at the bus garage, please call 415-6691. Please consider putting your child's name inside of music cases to expedite their return.
I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?
No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop up to one-half mile from their home and we encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent piece of mind.
I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true?
Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus – this is a very dangerous thing to do. Many districts also instruct their buses to not stop at locations where no students are waiting.
My child has an I.E.P. but transportation is not being provided. Why is this?
A child who has an I.E.P. does not automatically receive transportation unless the I.E.P. team writes this into the related services. If transportation is not included on the I.E.P. your child will be transported similarly to regular education students in your district.