From the Director
Welcome! The Escambia County School District Transportation Department transports some 24,000 students over more than 30,000 miles of roadway on board 300 school buses each and every school day. It is one of the largest student transportation operations in the United States. The responsibility that guides that effort is immense, but our staff of 480 employees will not budge an inch without an abiding commitment to do it safely, dependably, and efficiently. That is our commitment to the students we transport and their parents, the public, and our schools.
Director of Transportation
IMPORTANT! 2017-18 Transportation Accommodation Requests
At the beginning of March, school bus operators will give students currently receiving special transportation accommodations pre-populated requests for transportation accommodation for the 2017-18 school year. Those who return their requests to the Transportation Department by March 31, 2017 will be considered in initial school bus routing, a process that will begin in April. Requests received after that date will not receive priority consideration.
Requests must be submitted each school year so transportation planners can accurately assess available seat space for new accommodation requests. The department approves more than 2,500 special transportation requests each school year. The department will continue to approve requests to the maximum extent possible.
On April 1, route managers will begin reviewing and considering new requests for transportation accommodation service for the 2017-18 school year. Parents can find the PDF or webform request on this website under "Parent Resources."
Remember that special transportation accommodations are provided on a space available basis; first priority for seat space goes to students who reside in the school's attendance zone. Requests will not be considered until the start of the new school year for buses that are projected to be at or near capacity prior to the start of the school year. Only existing buses, routes, and bus stops will be utilized to satisfy accommodation requests. Requests are considered on a first-come/first-served basis after renewals have been processed. Parents should submit accommodation requests directly to the Transportation Department.
Students attending school outside their residential zone on a School Choice option must submit an accommodation request in order to receive transportation service (attn: WFHS, Brown Barge, Cook families).
Successful pre-registration for transportation services like this has proven to be a huge load off the minds of parents and schools during the hectic early days of the school year.
The Escambia County School District is seeking professionally-minded individuals to transport students to and from school. Applicants must be determined to make a positive difference in the lives of students and they must be committed to safety and excellence. We will train qualified applicants. Apply now by calling (850) 469-5328 or apply in person at 100 E. Texar Drive, Pensacola.
BUCKLE UP in Your School Bus
Parents, please remind your children who ride the bus to buckle their seat belts on the bus and leave them buckled for the entire bus ride. The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road, but in in the event of a rollover, students who are not buckled in their seatbelts are vulnerable to injury.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
School for 40,000 Escambia County students is in session. With the start of the new school year comes a dramatic increase in traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes. ...more
Please remember that unless your student's address information is current and accurate in the District's database, we cannot ensure he or she is scheduled for transportation on the right bus to the right location. Please get to your child's school IMMEDIATELY after changing your address or contact information. That information not only improves the safety of the transportation evolution, it also helps ensure your child receives the appropriate student services and that the District can reach you in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions about this or about any other student transportation matter, please drop us a line. For your convenience, we've provided webforms on our website that will be directed to a staff member who will quickly respond to your question or concern.
Escambia School Bus Safety
The August 2015 edition of School Bus Fleet magazine includes an article entitled "6 Ways to Instill Safety Culture Among Drivers" in which one of the reasons for the Escambia County School District's school bus safety success is discussed.
Everything you need to know to register your eligible child for school bus transportation is contained on this website. Follow the links on our site to determine your child's eligibility, registration requirements, rules and parameters, and special requests. We'll be happy to see how we can help you.
If you have changed your address and/or other contact information, please provide the updated information to your school's front office immediately so they can update the District's student information system. Your child's transportation eligibility and services are derived from the information contained in your child's student record. Please assist us in ensuring our records are updated as soon as that information changes.