GPS LogoTransportation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What time should my student arrive at the a.m. bus stop?
Students are asked to be at their designated bus stop location at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.

What if my student’s bus is late; a.m. or p.m.?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, buses may be late occasionally. In those instances please call our dispatch office at 497-3311.

Can parents ride the bus with their child?
No, parents may not ride the school bus except for field trips.

How are bus stops determined?
Stops are assigned by general location of students and must meet state regulations for safety. Typical stop locations are within subdivisions near parks, common-walls and retention areas. Stops must be at least 50 feet from a signed intersection. Note: Stops will not be changed during the first 4 weeks of school.

How do I find my child’s bus stop information?
  1. Back to School Transportation letters are sent to all eligible students prior to the start of school.
  2. All bus stop information is available at each school site after July 30th.
Can my child ride home on another bus?
Due to limited space on the school bus only eligible students may ride their assigned bus. Any request for an exception must be made by a parent to the school administrator, who in turn may grant the request. The principal must notify the driver in writing.

Can my child invite friends to ride the bus with them?
See above (Can my child ride home on another bus?)

What if my child left something on the bus?
You may contact the dispatch office at 497-3311.

What are the bus rules?
See Bus Rules

What are the bus stop rules?
See Conduct Section

What if my child receives a conduct referral?
All bus conduct referrals are sent to the school administrator; per district policy the school administrator determines all disciplinary action.

How far can my child walk to a bus stop?
In general, students may be required to walk the following distances to the nearest bus stop: (1) K-3, up to one-half mile; (2) grades 4-6, up to three-quarters of a mile; and (3) grades 7-12, up to one mile.

How is busing eligibility determined?
Grades K-8: Transportation will not be provided to students whose residence is less than one (1) mile from school. Students whose residence is more than one (1) mile from school may be eligible for transportation.
Grades 9-12: Transportation will not be provided to students whose residence is less than one and one-half (1.5) miles from school. Students whose residence is more than one and one-half (1.5) miles from school may be eligible for transportation.

What qualifications does a bus driver have?
A school bus driver must be at least 21 years of age, maintain a clean driving record, undergo drug and alcohol testing, pass a physical tolerance exam, and must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and State school bus certification.

What training programs do bus drivers attend?
District school bus drivers exceed the minimum training requirements of the State of Arizona which consists of classroom training, behind the wheel training, first aid/CPR. They must also attend annual refresher meetings and monthly safety meetings.

Are there seating assignments on the bus?
It is recommended that all elementary age students have assigned seats; secondary students will be assigned seats as needed.

How many students fit on the bus?
Each bus has manufacturers’ recommended seating capacity.

Why don’t school buses have seat belts?
School buses are designed with safety compartments

What if my child misses the bus?
Call dispatch at 497-3311.

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