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Transportation Service Guide

IMPORTANT: In order to assure uninterrupted transportation service for your child and to ensure the District can contact you in the event of an emergency, please ensure you contact your school immediately with or telephone number change information. (Be prepared to provide proof of residence as well.) Once changes are recorded into the District's database, the data will appear in school bus routing software within

Transportation Registration

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 kept up to date as soon as that information changes.

To register for transportation:

1. Ensure your child's address and contact information is accurately registered with your school's front office.

2. Check your child's eligibility for transportation by consulting these Transportation Services Guidelines.

3. If you are requesting a special transportation accommodation (after-school transportation, alternate bus assignment, alternate bus stop), check the accommodation parameters and submit a Request for Transportation Accommodation directly to the Transportation Department. Your route manager will contact you when/if transportation service has been approved.

4. If your child is an elementary student attending school as part of a School Choice with Transportation program, submit a Choice Transportation Request to your school. Your route manager will contact you when/if transportation service has been approved.

If you have ensured your child's address and contact information have been accurately registered with your school's front office and your child is eligible for school bus transportation, your bus and bus stop information will be provided to your school prior to the start of the school year. You can also obtain your child's transportation information by clicking on the Bus Info link below.

Eligibility for Transportation

Students are eligible for transportation if they are legally enrolled in the District’s public schools and they live greater than or equal to:

  • 1 mile from their zoned school if they are elementary school students
  • 1.5 miles from their zoned school if they are middle school students
  • 2 miles from their zoned school if they are high school students

* Florida Administrative Code establishes the distance between home and school as 2 miles for all students, but the Escambia County School District has set a different criteria.

Students attending certain Choice schools and programs outside the student’s residential attendance zone may request transportation service from an existing bus stop within the student’s destination school attendance zone.  These request are made via the Choice Transportation Request and must be approved by the Transportation Department.

Walking Distance to the Bus Stop

Whether a parent chooses to have their children walk what is known as a “reasonable walking distance” is left to the parent’s discretion.  However, it is the distance at which transportation services begin.  The reasonable walking distances between home and the bus stop are:

· 1/2 mile for elementary school students
· 1 mile for high school students

* Florida Administrative Code establishes the distance between home and the bus stop as 1.5 miles for all students, but the Escambia County School District has set a different criteria.

Note:  Distances apply only to the extent that publicly-maintained all-weather roads can be accessed.

Transportation Accommodations

The Escambia County School District is one of the few its size in the State of Florida to permit special transportation accommodations to the extent that it does.  In authorizing these courtesy exceptions, however, the District is adamant about ensuring its parameters do not permit the accounting for students to be compromised.  The District transports 24,000 students on board 300 school buses twice each day, so keeping track of “special cases” requires careful planning and coordination.  In ANY case where a complete and accurate accounting for students is in doubt, the accommodation will not be approved.

 

A. Parents/guardians may request courtesy bus transportation on board an alternate bus or to an alternate bus stop by submitting Form 6.19 (Request for Alternate Bus/Bus Stop Service). Generally, these requests relate to after-school childcare needs. The request will be approved if there is space available on the bus. Only requests submitted by July 1 will be considered for approval in time for the start of the school year. Requests must be submitted each year. Additional conditions governing this service are articulated in School Board Rules 6.04(3), (4), and (5).

 

B. Parents/guardians of students who attend a school of choice or magnet school are responsible for providing transportation for their children to and from school. They are advised not to accept transfers to these schools unless they have a plan for transporting their children to and from school every day. Limited courtesy transportation service may be available on a first-come/first-served space available basis. Parents/guardians may request courtesy bus transportation by submitting Form 6.11 (Request for School Choice Transportation Service) or Form 6.18 (Request for Magnet School Transportation Service). Only requests submitted by July 1 will be considered for approval in time for the start of the school year. Requests must be submitted each year. Additional conditions governing this service are articulated in School Board Rules 6.04(6) and (7).

 

Other request forms may be found on the "Parent Resources" page.

Space Available Transportation Criteria

Aside from the parameters governing each space available accommodation, parents are advised that it is provided only under specified circumstances as a courtesy and is sustained at the District’s discretion. The services may be terminated or altered at any time without notice or right to challenge. Because student ridership throughout the year can fluctuate dramatically, space availability for students already accommodated can go away.

Special (ESE) Transportation Services

The District provides special student transportation for ESE and Section 504 students whose Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan requires it.  The student’s school will review the IEP and submit a Specialized Transportation Services Slip to the Transportation Department in order to arrange for these services.

Registered Sexual Offenders

The Transportation Department will initiate a bus stop change to reposition any bus stop that is located within 1,000 feet of a supervised sexual offender described in Statutes (Section 947.1405).

If the offender is not supervised (and thus held to the 1,000 foot limit), but is nonetheless listed as a registered offender or predator, the District will ensure its bus stops are not located closer than 100 feet from the offender, whether the offender is still serving sanctions imposed by law or not.

There are no restrictions governing students who might walk past an offender's home to or from the bus stop.

Only sexual offenders subject to conditional release supervision are assigned a curfew and in those cases, curfew is limited to the hours of 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

For more information, refer to our "Bus Stops & Sexual Offenders/Predators" page.

Parent Responsibilities

1. Ascertain and ensure your children arrive at the bus stop on time (at least five minutes before planned bus arrival time).

2. Provide necessary protection for your children in going to, from and at bus stops.  Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their students during the portions of each trip to and from home and at the assigned bus stop (including center-to-center bus stops) when the District provides bus transportation.

3. Accept joint responsibility with school authorities for proper conduct of your children.

4. Make a reasonable effort to understand and cooperate with those responsible for student transportation.

5. Pay for any damage to a bus or equipment caused by acts of vandalism by your children.

6. Comply with established District Pre-K Transportation Guidelines if you have Pre-K students who are transported on board District buses.

7. Meet your children at the bus stop at bus arrival time in the afternoon if your children utilize center-to-center (C2C) bus stops.

8. Ensure your student’s address and contact information remains current and accurate in the school’s student database

Bus Stop Etiquette

Remind your children that while they are at the bus stop, they need to respect people’s property. They should not trample lawns, flowers, and shrubs, and they should not throw things or litter. Bus stops are positioned for optimum safety and convenience of all students. Abuse of the bus stop will result in it being re-positioned farther from home.

Bus Stop Change Requests

Parents can request that their child's bus stop be re-positioned by first contacting their route manager (WebForm) (Phone Directory). If the route manager does not approve the request, parents can file an appeal to the Bus Stop Change Committee by submitting a Bus Stop Change Request (PDF) to their route manager. The Bus Stop Change Committee has the authority to re-position bus stops, but may not deviate from School Board Rules or statutes. The committee must also ensure the safety, efficiency, and dependability of the existing bus stop is not degraded and it must also ensure the bus stop change will not pose an unwarranted hardship on another student.

Requests for bus stop changes should not be made during the first two weeks of the school year because of the fluidity of the transportation scheme.