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EC Transportation Questions and Answers

 EC Transportation Questions and Answers
EC Transportation Questions and Answers

EC TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

DO ALL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS RIDE ON SPECIAL BUSES?

Special transportation will be provided for students who need it because of their disability or the location of their program. Otherwise, they will ride the regular school bus. The Special Needs Transportation Department arranges curb-to-curb bus service for students who need it. School bus safety standards are always followed.

 

WHEN WILL YOUR CHILD’S BUS RIDE START?

Every effort is made to arrange transportation as quickly as possible.

It takes 3 days for the school bus ride to be arranged.

When the Exceptional Children’s Office assigns a student to a program two weeks or less before school starts, a bus route may not be arranged by the start of school.

Parents may be asked to transport their child until transportation is arranged.

 

IF YOU MOVE, WILL YOUR CHILD RIDE THE SAME BUS?

An address change may require a bus change. Parents should call their child’s school office in advance to give them the date you are moving, the new address and phone number. Drivers cannot change routes/stops.

Bus route changes take 3 days to start. If you move into a new school district, the students’ needs will be reassessed and possibly the school site changed.

 

WHAT IF A STUDENT IS PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF AT AN ADDRESS OTHER THAN THEIR HOME?

Bus routes can only allow for one address for the pick-up and one address for the drop-off. One-day changes cannot be made. 

 

CAN THE PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF TIME CHANGE FROM DAY TO DAY?

Special education school bus routes vary according to the needs of each student riding.

Be ready and watching for the school bus 10 minutes before it is scheduled to arrive.

The school bus waits only 2-4 minutes for the student.

 

WHAT IF YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS CHANGE TO BEING BUSED IN A WHEELCHAIR OR WITH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

A bus change may be necessary.

Contact the School Office so that necessary arrangements can be made.

 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER AND BUS MONITORS RESPONSIBILITIES

 

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER’S RESPONSIBILITIES?

School bus drivers are professional drivers with special training and Commercial Driver Licenses.

They work directly for the school district.

Because of tight routing, they can only wait 2- 3 minutes at a bus stop before going on, and then it is your responsibility to get your child to school.

If there is no monitor, the driver performs the assistant’s duties.

 

WHAT ARE SCHOOL BUS MONITORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES?

The school bus monitor works with the driver to be sure all the students are safe on the bus.

They secure seat belts, wheelchairs, car seats, necessary supports, etc.

The monitor maintains discipline, sees that students stay in their seats, and reports problems to the schools.

They seek emergency medical help when needed.

 

CAN A BUS MONITOR COME TO THE DOOR TO PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF A STUDENT?

Bus Monitors can only work with students on the bus and assist with getting them on and off the bus.

They cannot assist a student beyond the curb.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

WHAT ARE THE PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES?

Have your child fully clothed, toileted and ready at the bus stop 10 minutes before pick-up time.

Accompany your child to the curb.

Call the early office number or the driver when your child isn’t riding.

If your child has not ridden for 3 days, the bus will stop coming until you call the School Office to restart your child.

Notify the School Office in advance if your address, phone number, or day-care arrangements change.

 

IF YOUR CHILD MISSES THE BUS, CAN IT COME BACK?

The driver cannot come back because of traffic and other route trips.

Transport your child to school as quickly as possible.

 

WHAT ARE THE PARENTS Responsibilities AT DROP-OFF TIME?

Be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to drop off your child.

Meet your child at the curb so that the driver can make custodial transfer of your child to you or another responsible person.

Students who are not met will be referred to the Department of Social services, if an emergency contact cannot be reached.

 

HOW CAN A PARENT HELP MAKE THE SCHOOL BUS SAFE?

Teach your child the school bus safety expectations and appropriate bus-riding behavior.

 

WHY MUST THE PARENT FILL OUT THE TRANSPORTATION DATA SHEET?

Randolph County Schools require that emergency and health information be on file for each student.

Parents must provide this information. The form should be filled out at the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting by school staff and parent together.

This information is required before the student can ride the bus.

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 

WHAT BEHAVIOR IS EXPECTED BY A STUDENT WHILE RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS?

We expect all students to follow the bus safety rules for the safety of your child and others who ride the bus.

 

HOW WILL DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS BE HANDLED?

Bus behavior problems are reported to the school on incident reports filled out by the bus driver or bus monitor.

The Principal’s Office decides what disciplinary action will be taken to enforce safe behavior on the bus including - suspension from school, suspension of bus riding privileges, detention, parent conference, etc.

 

WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE BUS SAFETY RULES?

Students who cannot or will not follow the bus safety rules will be suspended or some action taken to ensure the safety on the bus for themselves and all riders.

If a student is in a fight or out of control while on the bus, 911 will be called for the sheriff’s department to take the child off bus.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

ILL STUDENTS

If your child becomes ill during the school day, you will be expected to pick-up your child from the school.

 

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS

If parents have additional questions or concerns about special education transportation, they may call the school office or the Special Needs Transportation Department at the number below.

 

SUPERVISOR AND HOURS

Supervisor is Derek Clark

In Office from 6:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Can be reached at Early Office number (Cell) from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Other times, please call office number. If no one is available, leave message on voice mail. Your call will be returned ASAP.

Please use the Bus Garage phone number for emergencies only.

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