Transportation FAQs

  • 1) How do I register my child to ride a bus?

    a)  A “Transportation Request Form” must be completed and returned to the school prior to your student being allowed to ride a school bus. ​ 
     

  • 2) I filled out a “Transportation Request Form.” Who will tell me what bus they need to ride”

    a) When you have completed the “Transportation Request Form,” you will be notified by school personnel of the bus your child is assigned to ride. A copy of the form will be given to the student to use as a bus pass and given to the bus driver.
    b) If a new stop needs to be assigned, the request is sent from the school to the Transportation Department. If a new stop is assigned, information about the new stop will be sent back to school, where it will be shared with the parent. Please allow two days to process the request.

  • 3) What bus should my child ride?

    a)     If you are unsure of where the nearest stop is to your house, please ask for assistance at the school your child attends or fill out a “Transportation Request Form.”
    b)     PLEASE NOTE: A “Transportation Request Form” must be completed and returned to the school prior to your student being allowed to ride a school bus. In addition, your student will only be allowed to ride the assigned bus and be picked up and dropped off at the assigned bus stop.

  • 4) My child attends a Magnet School

    a)   During the spring registration, or in the summer prior to school opening, parents may complete a “Transportation Request Form” to allow students to be assigned to a school bus. The school will notify you of the bus number, stop location and times within two days.
    b)   In most situations, your student will ride a bus to their home school and transfer to a bus going to the Magnet School. In the afternoon, the student will ride a bus from the Magnet school back to the home school, where they will then ride a school bus home with students from the home school or be picked up by parents.

  • 5) My child is in the Alternative Program

    a) “Transportation Request Forms” for students assigned to the Alternative School Programs are completed at the time of their enrollment in the Alternative Program.  Please allow two days for these requests to be processed.
    b) There are pick-up points in each high school zone for students wishing to ride a school bus to the Alternative Program.  Students are responsible for getting to and from these pick-up points.

  • 6) What if I move during the year?

    a)     You must inform the school of your new address if you move during the year. You will also have to complete a new “Transportation Request Form” to indicate your new address.

  • 7) Can my child ride one bus to school and another in the afternoon?

    a) Students will be assigned only one bus to ride to and from school.  

  • 8) Are there any items students may not carry on the bus?

    a) All items brought on the school bus must be held in the student’s lap and must not impede the space available for another student.  No open containers of food and/or drink are allowed on the school bus.  In addition, items too large to be held in the student’s lap, breakable items and animals are not allowed on the school bus.  Please make other arrangements to transport these items. 

  • 9) How long will my child’s bus ride be?

    a)     Every bus route is different. Some routes can be as short at 15 minutes while others may be as long as an hour. Generally, most bus routes will not last longer than 45 minutes.

  • 10) Why do a lot of the buses go to more than one school?

    a) TCS operates a two-tiered transportation system to maximize efficiency.  Most buses transport a first load of students to a school, and then pick up a second load of students who are transported to a different school.

  • 11) Can my younger child ride with the older child since the bus goes to the same schools?

    a)     Often a bus will transport elementary students to or from school and then return to the same area to transport secondary students. Students must ride on their designated run of the bus. If elementary school children were allowed to remain to ride home with their sibling, it might overload the bus.

  • 12) Why can’t the bus pick up and drop off in front of my residence, since the bus is driving right by?

    a) Although the bus probably travels by the homes of many of the children we serve, we are unable to offer “door-to-door” service for every student.  Bus stops are typically located in safe areas where students nearby can gather to wait together for the school bus.

  • 13) Do you have a bus for after school programs?

    a)     We do not provide transportation for all after school programs. If your child is in the band or plays a sport, as an example, you will need to provide your own transportation. There are a few after school tutorial programs that contract with the Transportation Department for buses. If your child is involved in a program, check to see if transportation is provided.

  • 14) Can my child ride a bus to another location (such as Grandmothers) in an emergency?

    a) Students will only be allowed to ride a school bus other than their assigned bus if:
             i)     A written request is submitted to the principal of the school and approved.  
             ii)    There is space available on the requested bus.
             iii)   A stop already exists in that location.

  • 15) Do you have aides on all the buses?

    a)     Bus aides are assigned to school buses to fulfill requirements of an IEP, 504 Plan or other special circumstance.

  • 16) I think the bus stop is too far from my house. Can we get a new one?

    a) Bus stops are created in safe locations and are generally located no closer than .02 of a mile apart to prevent traffic hazards. 
    b) Any requests for change of a bus stop must be made in writing to the Transportation Department.  Any new bus stop must be vetted by a Transportation Administrator for safety and efficiency.
    c) PLEASE NOTE:  Bus drivers are NOT permitted to change a bus stop at the request of a parent.

  • 17) Why don’t school buses have seatbelts?

    a) Passengers on a school bus are protected through a school bus design concept called “compartmentalization.”  Occupant protection is provided by the interior design of the bus IF student passengers are following instructions about how to safely sit and behave inside the bus.
    b) Child Safety Restraint Systems, including lap-shoulder belts and other safety seats, are available for those students whose needs require a special seating device.

  • 18) How do I contact the Transportation Department?

    a)     The Transportation Department may be reached at 205-247-2400.