Tuesday, December 18

School Buses – Keeping our Kids Safe

We have 100 plus buses on the road each school day, traveling over 6,159 miles.  That’s 1,108,000 miles each year.  We are proud of our driver’s dedication to safety, our kids and to Greater Clark County Schools. Before each run, drivers pre-trip their bus to make sure it is ready to transport students. Drivers also do a post-trip after every route, making sure all students were delivered to their stops safely.  Simply put, we care about our kids.  To learn more about our policies and practices, take some time to dig into our website.

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Tips for Motorists:

  • Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones.
  • Watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses.
    • Flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Flashing red lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

GCCS Transportation Policy and Procedures:

Who Rides and Where

    1. Transportation is determined by a student’s home address.
    2. Students may be picked up at their childcare address if: a) the childcare address is within the same boundary as the home address; and b) the childcare address is within distance guidelines for transportation service.
    3. GCCS does not allow alternating addresses during the week. Students are allowed one pick up location and one drop off location every day. In other words, transportation is provided to and from a maximum of two (2) locations: home and one other approved site with verified contact information on file. All stops must be within the boundaries of the school the student attends. In the interest of keeping our students safe, we can no longer accommodate complex schedules involving multiple stops.
    4. GCCS will pick up a child from one location in the morning and drop him or her off at another in the evening as long as both stops are within the same school boundary. Buses are only to stop at the authorized stops on designated routes.
    5. Stop locations may change periodically based on the student population, demographics, and physical conditions of the area served.
    6. Students must ride on their assigned bus, to their assigned stop. All stops are assigned by the Director of Transportation or designee.
    7. Students must be at their assigned stop location five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
    8. Non-students, including parents, are not permitted on a school bus without explicit consent from a school official. Entering without permission constitutes criminal trespass, a class D Felony. (I.C. 35-43-2-2).
    9. Bus drivers are not authorized to assign or change bus stops.
    10. Students are not allowed to ride to (or from) another student’s home/ bus stop. Emergencies will be considered and approved by the Director of Transportation or the student’s principal.
    11. Bus stop change requests should be directed to the transportation office by using the GCCS website. Go here
    12. For those eligible, all bus stops shall be within .3 mile of a student’s home for elementary and middle school students and .4 mile for high school students.
    13. Second grade students and under (pre-school, kindergarten, first and second) must have a designated, responsible greeter at the stop when the bus arrives to drop off.  If the greeter is not at the stop when the bus arrives, the child will be taken back to the school.  If the greeter is not at the bus stop 3 or more days, transportation will be suspended for one week.  Parents may complete a waiver form, relinquishing this obligation.   Contact the transportation office to obtain this form, 812-288-4809.
    14. In order to preserve the safety and welfare of student riders, it is imperative that all students obey the rules of the bus, the bus driver, and the school. The bus is considered an extension of the school. All school rules apply. Not following the safety rules below may result in students being denied busing privileges and disciplined by school officials.  Go to GCCS transportation department’s web page to view the rules.

     No Transportation Zones

    • Children are classified as non-transported if they live in a No Transportation Zone (NTZ), meeting the  following conditions:
      • K-5 students with a radius of 1 mile or less from their school.
      • 6-7 and 8 grade students with a radius of 1.5 miles or less from their school.
      • 9-12 students with a radius of 2 miles or less from their school.
      • Transportation may be provided for students with a qualifying medical condition.

Route Information

  • Families already enrolled in GCCS should receive bus route information by one of the following:
    1. Download the Ride360 app or log in to the Ride360 website.
    2. Calling the transportation department 48 hrs after submitting the online request. 812-288-4809
  • Special Education students will be assigned a bus and stop as determined by your child’s IEP.
    1. Transportation department will call you when transportation has been assigned.
    2. Download the Ride360 app or log in to the Ride360 website.

New to GCCS?  Welcome!  

1.  Enroll your student at the school or enroll them online with Infosnap.

2. Find your child’s student ID.  You will need it.

3. It is recommended for you to download the Ride 360 app below.  When you search for school, type Greater Clark County Schools.

*if you have login issues with the app please email dborders@gccschools.com

 

If you prefer to use a computer, please click on the following link:

        

                                  

*Remember, during the first week of school, students should be at the stop 10 minutes early.  During the entire school year, students should be at the stop 5 minutes early.

* Please check back often to verify the bus stop information for your child has not changed.

     What if I can’t find my child’s transportation information or I have moved?

1. Submit a Transportation Request by going to this link: Request Form   Español

Once you have submitted a request, you have three options to receive the updated bus information.

1. Download the Ride360 app.  (See above for instructions)  The app is the fastest method plus you have the ability to track your child’s bus.

2. Click on the Bus Route Information button above.

3. Call the transportation department 48 hours after submitting a request online. 812-288-4809

     What if the address listed for my child is incorrect?

1. First, contact your child’s school and make sure your home address is correct and updated in Powerschool.

2. Next, make sure the home address listed is the same as the address listed for pick-up OR drop-off.  Remember, we do not allow alternating addresses during the week.  Students are allowed one pick up location and one drop off location every day.  In other words, transportation is provided to and from a maximum of two (2) locations: home and one other approved site with verified contact information on file.  All stops must be within the boundaries of the school the student attends.  In the interest of keeping our students safe, we can no longer accommodate complex schedules involving multiple stops.

3. Submit a transportation request if the address is correct in Powerschool, but not correct for the two (2) locations allowed.

     What if I do not like the bus stop my child is assigned to?

1. Students must use their assigned stop.

2. If you reside within an NTZ (no transportation zone), no transportation will be provided.

3. If you have questions, contact us at: transportation@gccschools.com

     I noticed my child’s bus drives past my home.  Can the driver stop at my house to pick up and drop off my child?

1. Only certain students whose needs are addressed through Special Education Department are eligible for curbside bus stop service.  For other students, service is provided in accordance with distance guidelines that assures a maximum travel to the stop of one half mile.  Every effort is made to improve route efficiency by clustering students to stops and where possible, providing service on major streets, within these guidelines.

2.  Greater Clark County Schools strives to ensure the safe transportation of students.  Ultimately, each parent has the right and legal obligation to protect their child.  You may decide to keep your child at home, at any time, if you feel that it is too risky to have him/her transported to school due to inclement weather.

     Did you Know?

1.  Ileg cast f a student requires the use of crutches or has a leg cast that could cause a safety issue/concern on the bus, please email our Transportation Department (transportation@gccschools.com) at so alternate transportation arrangements can be made.
2.  Parents or guardians should not stop, delay or board the bus when the driver is transporting students to or from school.  In fact, it is a felony to board a school bus without permission from a school official.
3.  Remember that you are responsible for your child’s safety and conduct prior to boarding the bus and following drop off at a designated stop.  This includes walking or driving your child to and from the bus stop.  It is a parental responsibility to ensure that children arrive home safely from the bus stop.
4.  Notify the school as soon as possible of any changes to your address, telephone number, or change of baby-sitter.
5.  Skateboards, sports equipment, large poster boards, large musical instruments such as cellos, etc are not allowed on the bus.  Items must safely fit in your student’s lap.  If you student has to take any of these items to school, please make other transportation arrangements.

 

Need to contact us?  Send us a text at 502-709-9287 or 502-7099-Bus.

Or call, 288-4809.