Bus Routes & Morning Pickups
Bus #18 – Shelley Rd., Crest Acres & town
Bus #19 – Fairview, McKinley, Cherry & Middle Cr., Lee Valley
Bus #21 – MP Hwy, Finley Loop, Glen Aiken, Rink Cr. & town
Bus #22 – Fairview, Laverne Park, Sumner
Bus #20 – Garden Valley, CB Hwy, Coaledo, North Bank Rd. Bus# 26 – Hwy 42 S, Lampa Lane, Riverton, Fat Elk, Fish Trap
Bus #38 & #36 – SPED
1. Q) Why can’t the driver add a stop?
A) We take many things into consideration when constructing bus routes. Of those, student safety is the most important. Stops are created by using established criteria which insures that all students are transported safely. All changes must go through Transportation to assess safety standards set by Oregon Dept. of Education.
2. Q) How can a stop be changed or added to a bus route?
A) All change requests must be submitted to the Transportation Department for review. Changes affect all students riding the route, and all parents/guardians must be notified of any change to their student’s stop. Please do not ask drivers to make ‘special’ stops for your student. This practice is strictly forbidden by the Oregon Department of Education.
3. Q) Can a student ride to a different stop or on a different route on a one time basis?
A) Students may ride a different bus or to a different stop if ALL of the following conditions are met:
- A note is supplied for EACH occurrence.
- A note is written and signed by the parent/guardian and is given to the school secretary/administrator. The student is given a bus pass to hand it the driver upon loading. Notes to the driver from student/parent will not be accepted – the pass must come from the school office.
- The change is for daycare or emergency purpose.
4. Q) What time do students need to be at their bus stop?
A) Parents should ensure that their students are at their designated stop and ready to board five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. Traffic and other circumstances can cause the bus to be early or late on any given day. Transportation uses Official U.S. Time (www.time.gov) for all routes. Parents should check their clocks to insure they are on the same time.
5. Q) Can a student bring a pet on the bus?
A) Oregon Revised Statues do not permit insects, reptiles, or animals of any type except for approved guide or assistance animals.
6. Q) Why are the students assigned to a seat?
A) Seats are assigned in order to maintain a calm and safe atmosphere on the bus. This makes loading and unloading more efficient.
7. Q) Where will my student be picked up or dropped off?
A) Your student will be picked up at a designated stop along the route. Students are dropped from the bus at their designated stop. A pre-approved bus pass must be presented to the driver at the time they board if you want your student to disembark at a different stop. (See #3)
8. Q) Do I have to be with my kindergarten student at the pickup point?
A) It is advisable for you to be at the pickup point with your student.
9. Q) Do I need to meet my kindergarten student at the drop-off point?
A) Your student will be dropped at their designated stop only if an adult is present, unless other arrangements have been made, older siblings, neighbors or relatives. Please let your school know if you have made other arrangements.
If the driver cannot contact a parent or guardian:
- The driver will call the Transportation office or School for additional information.
- Driver will let the building administrator/secretary know they will return to the stop at the end of the route.
- If no parent is present at that time the student will be returned to the school.
10.Q) May my student be transported to/from a Day Care instead of home?
A)Your student may be transported to/from a day care provided that the day care is within your school attendance area. This would be their designated stop every day if they go to daycare every day.
11.Q) What about early releases?
A)Early release routes are identical to regular-day, (K-12), adjusted for time.
12.Q) Will my student have the same bus stop when snow routes are used?
A)Some routes and certain stops on individual routes may be eliminated when snow routes are used. On inclement weather days, the District will provide information on any time delays and snow routes.
13.Q) If a parent has a concern about their student’s bus route or driver, who should they talk to?
A)They should contact the Transportation Office at (541) 396-2723 or the students school. Complaint forms are available.
14.Q) Can a parent take their student off the bus along the route?
A)Federal and State Transportation regulations only permit the students to depart the bus at their designated stop or at school. Only a district staff member may remove a student from the bus at school. This is for the safety and security of all students.
15.Q) Can students carry glass, plants, skateboards, or a large project on the bus?
A)Objects that could break or anything that could potentially injure students cannot be transported on the bus. Large items that cannot be safely stored on the student’s lap may not be transported. These objects become hazardous in the event of a collision.
16.Q) Will students have the same stop before and after school?
A)Stops may not be the same in the morning as they are in the afternoon for some students. Many students go to after school programs and daycare which would create the same type of situation. Additionally, some afternoon routes and stops may be consolidated for efficiency.
17.Q) Can students bring their musical instrument or skateboard on the bus?
A)For student safety, large, uncontained objects cannot be transported on the school bus (See #16). Musical instruments in a case may be transported provided there is space on the bus and the instrument can be secured by the student. Skateboards are not permitted.
18.Q) If my student has not arrived at the normal drop off time who do I call?
A)Afterschool route times are estimates and may vary depending on many factors. Call the Coquille School your child attends. They can contact student transportation to confirm any delays and provide an estimated arrival time.
19.Q) Will transportation be provided if we move?
A)Depending on whether or not you still reside in the same school boundary, transportation may be available and new stop information will be provided within three days of notifying transportation of your address change. If your move has placed, you in the walking area for your home school your student will no longer ride a bus. If you have moved out of the school boundary you will be responsible for your student’s transportation.
20.Q) Why aren’t there any seatbelts on the buses?
A)By design, only a lap belt could be installed in a bus, not a lap/shoulder belt system. In school buses children are protected by the safety compartment they ride in, this is called “compartmentalization”. One of the major benefits of compartmentalization is that it is a passive form of crash protection. Neither the driver nor the student has to assure that the lap belt is placed properly across the student’s lower torso. The design also fits a wide variety of weights, heights, ages, and seating positions. In a collision, the seat in front of the passenger is designed to deflect forward, absorbing the energy developed in the crash. The seat design allows the knees to impact first, followed by the chest. Lap belts would keep the pelvis secure and allow the head to impact the seat in front of the passenger. Data from laboratory crash tests conducted in the United States and Canada indicate that the trauma and force on the head would likely result in greater, not lower, injury levels. While school buses continue to be the safest vehicle on the Nation’s highways, the federal government is studying ways to make school buses even safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a research program underway that is looking at ways to make school bus passengers even safer in a crash. When that research is completed later this year, there may be changes proposed for future school buses. In the meantime, current school bus safety requirements provide your child with the safest form of transportation possible, including your personal vehicle.