For the safety of your kindergarten child, it is our established practice to have a parent/guardian or sibling meet your kindergarten child when the bus driver drops them off at your child's bus stop. The safety of your child is the number one concern of the Office of Transportation Services. We strongly encourage you to be at your child's bus stop.
All kindergarten students will be picked up and dropped off as close to their home as possible. However, should there be multiple kindergarten students within a few houses, one central bus stop will be used. We ask that students be outside at their bus stop at least five minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.
It is recommended that you place an identification tag on your child's backpack. The information should include: child's name, address, phone number, and day care information (where to be picked up and dropped off daily). Please consider taking the time to teach your child his/her address and phone number so in the event his/her ID tag is lost, the driver will be able to get your child home.
If your child is a regular bus rider, it is important to have your child ride the bus the first week of school. This will allow the driver to know who will be riding the bus so the route can be adjusted to get the students to and from school in a timely manner.
Please have your child utilize a backpack so that his/her hands are free to grab handrails when getting on and off the bus. When exiting the bus, be aware of clothing with drawstrings; also, don't have toys attached or hanging down backpacks as these items could get caught in the handrails of doors of the bus.
Let your child know that they will need to listen to the bus driver and follow their directions to keep them safe.
If you need to contact the Office of Transportation Services the first few weeks of school, please understand that there is a high volume of calls during this time, and it may be difficult to get through. Our phone number is (847) 295-8258.