Friday, October 20

Questions?

Q. I have just moved into the area. How do I find my child’s stop?
A. Please contact us so that we can assign a stop. Our number is 812-288-4809. Or email us at transportation@gccschools.com

Q. The bus passes by my house on the way to a stop up the street. Why can’t it just stop and pick up my child at home?
A. Please remember that we transport nearly 8,000 students every day, so it is impossible to provide door-to-door service to everyone, and do it in a timely manner.

Q. Why does my child have to sit in an assigned seat?
A. Seat assignments are a positive way for the ride to be consistent and safe. Assigned seats aid the driver with discipline and learning each student’s name.

Q: I have a young child. Must I be at the stop when my child arrives?
A: If your child is in grades K-2, the child’s guardian must receive the child at the stop.

Q. What qualifications must bus drivers have to drive a school bus for GCCS?
A. In order to qualify to drive a school bus at GCCS, a person must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid Indiana Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) with Passenger (P), school bus driver (S) and air brake endorsements, and must maintain a safe driving record. In addition, prospective drivers must pass the State Department of Education approved physical examination from an approved physician.

Drivers must also complete a comprehensive School Bus Driver Training Program provided by the state of Indiana and Greater Clark County Schools Transportation Department. Each year, drivers are evaluated on their driving skills and attend regular safety and training meetings.
Bus driver candidates also undergo a thorough criminal background check through the Police Department, Indiana Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. This investigation will check applicants for any criminal history.

Q. Can I reach someone in the Transportation Department before 8:00 a.m.?
A. Yes, our Service Center is available from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by phone at 812-288-4809.

Q. Can my child lose his/ her bus riding privileges?
A. Yes. In Indiana, riding a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Each local school district has adopted rules of conduct for waiting at the bus stop and for riding the school bus. If your child does not follow the rules, your child could lose his/her privileges for the entire school year.

Q. How are bus stops and routes determined?
A. Every GCCS student who is eligible for transportation is assigned a specific bus stop and route number.
The Routing Specialists in the Department of Transportation use software programs to determine required bus stops. This program considers bus seating capacity, student data, zoning information and safety variables during processing to create the safest, most efficient bus routes possible.

Q. Why can’t last minute changes be granted?
A. Safety is our main goal and concern. Changes may be granted for consistent schedules within the child’s regular route. If a change is needed contact transportation at 812-288-4809.

Q: Can my student ride the bus home with a friend?
A: No. Students are not allowed to ride with friends. The parent must make other arrangements.

Q: Can my student bring items on the bus with them?
A: If they can hold the item in their lap safely, then it may be transported on the bus. Items may not be on the floors or in the aisle way.

Q: Can my student bring animals on the bus?
A: No.

Q: Can my student have electronics on the bus?
A: It is up to the driver, but in most instances, electronics are permitted as long as they are not a distraction to the bus driver. If the electronics become an issue, the item will be taken by the driver and returned to the school administration.

Q: Can my student get off at another bus stop?
A: Drivers will only allow students to get off the bus at their designated bus stop.

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