Bus Transportation School bus service in the District is provided by First Student, Inc., one of the largest student transportation companies in the country. The District utilizes approximately 47 large buses and 26 special vans. The average age of the buses is five (5) years, and each bus is completely equipped with the safety equipment necessary to meet state and federal guidelines, including crossing arms, wheelchair lights, warning lights, etc. Buses are subject to full inspection every six months.

During actual operations, drivers are required to follow all traffic laws and special state student transportation rules. This includes stopping at railroad crossings and special loading and unloading laws. In the instance where a bus is experiencing mechanical difficulties, the driver has immediate radio access to the dispatch office, which can then re-route another bus or send a replacement immediately. Drivers hired by First Student must be 21 years of age, possess a Commercial Drivers License, and meet all other state licensing requirements, including a criminal record check and fingerprinting. Each driver is required by the state to complete a two-hour annual review course. First Student conducts monthly internal training meetings. Should there be any performance or safety issues with a specific driver, First Student utilizes a progressive warning system, which includes verbal and written warnings depending on the severity of the issue.

Bus routes and stops are determined by the District, which utilizes state-approved guidelines for hazardous conditions and distance. Generally, all students living at least one and one-half miles from their school are eligible for bus transportation.

Student discipline is a major concern of the District, parents, and the transportation company. Specific rules are enforced, and violation of those rules may result in the driver issuing a bus conduct notice to the student. In extreme situations, the student’s riding privileges may be revoked.

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Arlene Kyro,

John Mollett,
Manager First Student Transit


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