Transportation

Transportation

Welcome

Current Summertime Office hours
8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Monday thru Friday except holidays 
 July 1-12 ONLY-Office hours-7:30 AM-11:30 PM (EXCEPT JULY 4th)
July 8-12th-office will be open additional hours from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM 

Office Staff

Beth Cain
Transportation Director
(937) 773-1560 Option 2  
[cainb@piqua.org] 
Lougena Martinez
Administrative Assistant
(937) 773-1560 Option1 
[martinezl@piqua.org]

IMPORTANT INFO FOR 2019-2020

Buses pick up and drop off students inside the school attendance areas of your residence school only. We do not provide transportation for students who are open enrolled from outside or inside the district. No sitter forms will be approved for this purpose.

If you move over the summer, be sure to update your address in the parent Oneview, no later than July 29rd to ensure your child has a bus @ the correct location, on the first day of school. 

If your child needs transported to and/or from a childcare provider, a new form must be filled out EACH year. 

If your child changes buildings and is going to be in the 4th, 7th or 9th grade in 2019-2020, a transportation plan form will need to be turned in, IF your child needs transportation for the coming school year.

If your child is a current student and did not ride a bus in 2018-2019 but will need transportation for the coming year, a transportation plan form will need to be turned in. 

If your child attends Upper Valley Career Tech, your child will need to have a form filled out, in order to receive transportation.

If your child needs transported to and/or from a 2nd court ordered shared parent address, a new form must be filled out EACH year along with a calendar and a release form. Please come into the office for this purpose.

Students who are not in any of the previously mentioned groups, will be assigned as they were at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

ALL forms are due no later than July 29rd in order to ensure your child is assigned a bus at the correct location, on the first day of school.

Downloadable forms for the coming year are currently available on the school’s website by selecting; Departments and scrolling to the bottom to choose Transportation. You may also come directly into the Transportation Office that is still located at 719 E Ash St, next to Piqua Hardware. There are also, blank forms in the yellow school bus mailbox, outside of the Transportation Office for after hours. 

Forms may be dropped off at the same address during business hours from 8:30-5:00 or you can mail them to the Board office address of: 215 Looney Rd, Piqua, OH /attn: Transportation or you can fax to the number at the top of the form.

We provide guidelines below to help parents and child care providers understand the procedures and policies that are necessary to manage a safe and cost-effective transportation system.

Pupil Transportation Management Policies
  • Pupils shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Pupils shall wait at the driver designated place of safety, which will be located outside and not in a car or inside the house in the morning. When departing the bus, students must wait in the driver designated place of safety until the rear of the bus has passed the stop.
  • Behavior at the bus stop and on the way to the bus stop must not threaten life, limb or property of any individual or homeowner.
  • Pupils will be assigned a seat by their bus driver and must go directly to their assigned seat upon entering the bus. 
  • Pupils must remain seated, keeping aisles and exits clear at all times while on the school bus.
  • Pupils must observe classroom conduct and must obey the driver promptly and respectfully.
  • Pupils must not use profane language and conversation must be appropriate.
  • Pupils must refrain from eating or drinking except as required for medical reasons and a doctor's order must be on file with the school nurse.
  • Pupils must not use tobacco products or have them in their possession at the bus stop or on the bus. 
  • Pupils must not have drugs or alcohol in their possession on the bus or at the bus stop except for prescription medication required for the student and a doctor's order must be on file with the school nurse. 
  • Pupils must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus. 
  • Pupils may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps. 
  • Pupils must board or leave the bus at the locations which they have been assigned unless they have parental AND administrative authorization to do otherwise. 
  • Pupils must not put head, arms, any other body part out of the bus windows. 
  • Guidelines will be formulated for the use and storage of equipment and other means of assistance required by preschool children and special need children. 
  • Drivers and Bus aides must have access to appropriate information about the child to the degree that such information might affect the safe transportation and medical well being. This information must be readily available in the transportation office. All such information is strictly confidential. 
  • Cell phone use is limited. Students in grades 7 through 12 may use a cell phone for gaming, music or texting but earbuds must be worn. Students entering and exiting the bus must take earbuds out for instruction from the driver. The camera portion of the phone is not to be in use due to the danger of the flash. Talking is not allowed as this is a distraction to drivers. Students in grades Pre-school through 6 are not permitted to use a cell phone or have one outside their book bag on the bus.
  • Pupils may not carry explosives, fireworks, weapons, animals, insects or balloons onto the school bus.  
The superintendent or superintendent designee, or principals are authorized to suspend or remove pupils from school bus riding privileges. 
  • Students transported by school bus must comply with the student disciplinary code of conduct.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE LEVELS

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE LEVELS 
Published by the Pupil Transportation Office
Ohio Department of Education
   This document is intended to provide information that clarifies the responsibilities and obligations of school districts with respect to pupil transportation service levels. Pupil transportation service must be provided in Ohio for students in grades K-8 who live more than two miles from their school. Many school districts also transport students in high school, as well as students who live closer than two miles from their school, but these services are optional at the discretion of the district and are not required by state law.
   Transportation plans are designed and implemented by each district. This plan includes the designation of walk-in areas to school, identification of hazardous areas, the location of bus stops and the actual routing and planning of routes. Other issues, such as the ability of a school district to accommodate day care arrangements, alternative bus stops and length of time a student rides on a bus are also determined by the local school district. There are no administrative regulations or laws that limit these.
   School transportation is a form of public transportation that is designed to be safe and efficient while serving as many students as possible. It is not an individualized transportation service. As in other forms of public transportation, there is little opportunity to alter or change schedules and routes to meet individual family circumstances. 

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS

Transportation Communication

Parents should be sure their phone numbers and email addresses are correct in the Intouch system to get updates on their child's bus. 

Procedures and Bus Conduct Levels

USE OF BUS PASSES

Requests in writing or by phone for non-regular bus service (bus pass) for students needing to go home with another student who is normally bused should ONLY be made if no other form of transportation can be obtained.

Requests for bus passes will be denied for non-emergency bus service for; play dates, parties, staying overnight with friends, hanging out, etc. These events should be dealt with in advance and students will need to use their regular daily bus service with parents providing transportation later in the day.

When a bus pass is necessary, such requests are to be made directly to the building principal, his/her assistant, or building secretary and must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. You must have the bus number and the location of the closest established bus stop where the student will be dropped off. Approval is subject to available seating and at the schools discretion.

Bus pick-up at a board approved stop will be permitted providing the student has a note to give to the bus driver with the date and the note has been signed by the parent or legal guardian.

Requests by phone for a transportation change for non-regular bus service (daily bus pass) will ONLY be considered in emergency situations and will be at the school’s discretion and is subject to available seating. 

A phone call must be made to the school and must be from the parent or legal guardian requesting emergency bus service and the nature of the emergency. At the time of the call, proof of identification must be provided. Parent or guardian must have necessary information from the transportation department as to what bus number the student will need to ride as well as the location of the board approved bus stop. This should be obtained by first calling the transportation department at 773-1560.

 
Most Jr./Sr. High buses are full to capacity so most buses can not accept daily bus passes. It is STRONGLY advised, you make alternative arrangements to have someone pick up your student at their assigned bus stop.  
 
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