Q. What is the student’s responsibility on the school bus?
Children who ride the bus must not jeopardize their own safety or the safety of others. Busing is a privilege which will be denied if students do not follow bus safety rules. While riding on the school bus, students should remember that the bus driver is not only responsible for the bus, but has complete authority and responsibility to control the conduct of the bus passengers while in transit. All students must follow the instructions given by the driver. If, at any time, in the judgment of the driver, a student fails to follow instructions and violates the safety requirements, the driver will issue a written referral. The referral will be processed by the school administrator.
Q. What if my child needs to get off at a stop other than their assigned stop or ride a different bus?
Parents should complete the “Student Transportation Change Form.” Once completed the form must be submitted to the main office of your child’s school.
Q. The road on my child’s bus route is flooded (has water across/covering a section of road). Where will my child be picked-up or dropped off?
Students will be picked-up or dropped off at the nearest regular stop that buses can reach without crossing a covered road. Students of Elementary and Primary school ages will be returned to school if no one is there to meet them at drop off. The Transportation Department will attempt to reach parents/guardians to notify them when this practice is in effect.
Q. If I think my child’s bus stop is unsafe or too far from my house, what can I do?
First, check with your child’s school to be sure the address on your child’s record is correct. When assigning bus stops, the Transportation Department considers student safety and operating the most efficient routes possible. For Elementary and Primary school students the walk distance is .3 miles and for High and Middle students the walk distance is .4 miles. If you think PCPS has made a mistake in the placement of your child’s bus stop, contact the Transportation Department. They will review the stop and may make an adjustment.
Q. How many students are allowed on each bus?
This varies according to the size of the bus. Our largest buses are designed to carry up to 77 elementary and primary school students and up to 51 high and middle school students. For safety reasons, passengers are not allowed to stand unless instructed/authorized due to extenuating circumstances.
Q. Do I have to meet my child at the bus stop in the afternoon?
With the exception of high water conditions or when a kindergarten student is the only student getting off at a given stop the choice is yours.
Q. The bus drives right past my house. Why can’t the bus stop to pick up/drop off my child?
Time does not permit the stopping at every home that we drive past that has students residing in it. PCPS reviews bus routes and stops annually. There are several factors that are considered when establishing a stop such as: Is there good visibility in both directions for the bus and the other motorists? Can a bus safely turn around? The proximity of child predators? PCPS reviews bus routes annually and stop changes may be made to provide the safest and most efficient routes.
Q. If I move during the year, how do I change my child’s bus stop?
Fill out the “Student Transportation Change Form.” Once completed the form must be submitted to the main office of your child’s school.