Transportation Department’s Mission Statement
The Pittsburg Unified School District’s Transportation Department’s primary objective is to transport our students to and from school in a safe and timely manner. We believe all students can behave appropriately and safely while waiting for or riding on a school bus. Any students that disrupt the driver from the safe operation of their school bus may be denied transportation.
I GENERAL INFORMATION
The Pittsburg Unified School District provides bus transportation as a privilege, not a right. This right is based on the school district attendance boundaries set by our School Board and appropriate behavior in accordance with the California Education Code. Only students who are currently registered and attending district schools within their home school boundaries will be permitted to ride on district buses unless otherwise directed by the superintendent/designee.
Students will be under the authority of, and directly responsible to the driver. The driver
shall be responsible for the orderly conduct of all riders. These rules of conduct have been established in order to ensure the safety of riders, drivers, and equipment, and all students are required to comply with the rules at bus stops, loading zones, while riding buses to and/or from school, and during field trips. Any violation of the rules or refusal to obey the authority of the driver will be sufficient reason for denial of transportation.
35350-35351 Authority to transport pupils
41850-41854 Allowances for transportation
CALIFORNIA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, TITLE 5
15241 Minimum Transportation Distances
School buses shall be used only to transport pupils to and from school, and for other school activities that have approval of the Site Administrator and are permitted by law. Variation from this policy requires specific approval by the Board.
We believe all students can behave appropriately and safely while riding on a school bus. We will tolerate no student from stopping drivers from doing their job or preventing other students from having safe transportation.
Students will not be transported home-to-school or school-to-home if they reside within the following walking distances of their school of residence:
Grade Level (Minimum distance from school)
K-5 1 1/3 miles
6, 7, & 8 2 miles
9-12 No Busing
Minimum distances from school shall be measured by the shortest useable and reasonable route from the area in which a student lives to the nearest point on the boundary of the school campus.
Should the routing of a bus over a route to give the best service to the greatest number of students in a reasonable amount of time demand it, some students, depending on grade level, may be expected to walk up to 1 mile to a bus stop. (Parent/guardians, of course, could provide transportation to and from the bus stop.)
Students living within the minimum distances listed above, may, at the discretion of the board, be transported home to school should special hazards or conditions warrant.
The Superintendent or designee may authorize transportation within the minimum distance when special circumstances or hazards exist.
In its transportation program, the district will provide the maximum flexibility and convenience possible within the limits of safety requirements, fiscal constraints, and school hours of operation, availability of equipment, and traffic patterns and restrictions.
- Bus schedules will be coordinated in order to deliver and pick up students in a safe and timely manner.
- Bus stops will be established in order to be safe and accessible.
- Students will be required to board and leave buses only at their assigned bus stops expect in emergencies. Exceptions for reasons of student health and welfare may be granted by the superintendent/designee upon written recommendation of the principal. Activities such as music or dance lessons, scout meetings, or medical appointments etc. are not reasons for exceptions.
In order that the transportation system may flow smoothly and efficiently, it is necessary that all route changes be handled through the Transportation Office.
The transportation department assumes no responsibility for lost items, but every effort will be made to locate such lost items and return them to their rightful owner. Please put the student’s name on all items transported to help expedite this process.
TRANSPORTATION OF ILL, INJURED OR DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS:
If, in the judgment of the bus driver, a student is too ill, injured or displaying disruptive or dangerous behavior which may be unsafe for him/her self or other passengers to ride the bus, the driver may refuse to allow that student to board the bus. If the student is at school, the school will contact the family to make other arrangements for the student to be picked up.
VII DRIVING CONDITIONS