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Is my child eligible for Bus Transportation?

It shall be the policy of the Caddo Parish School Board:

To provide bus transportation for elementary, junior and senior high school pupils who live more than one mile from school. Bus transportation is not available with the following out-of-district transfers: Hardship, Medical, and Curriculum Necessity.

Legal reference: Louisiana Revised Statues 17:158

Contract students are not provided bus transportation.

The Caddo Parish School Board policy adheres to the State Department of Education policy which provides transportation for pupils living more than one mile from school.

To provide transportation for majority to minority transfer students to the school nearest their residence to which the majority to minority transfers would apply. Transportation will be provided from the closest designated pickup point to the student's residence. Pupils granted permission for majority to minority transfer to a school other than the school nearest their residence to which the majority to minority transfer would apply will not be provided transportation.

Adopted: May 20, 1981

Revised: April 16, 2002

To provide transportation for Magnet School students from a point at or near their residences whenever possible. When transportation is not possible because of distance, routing, or other good and just causes, the parent will be responsible for transporting the student to the closest designated pickup point to the student's residence.

Adopted: May 20, 1981

Revised: April 16, 2003

Students with special needs are evaluated through their Individual Education Plan, IEP. The Transportation department determines transportation after the completion of the IEP.

What bus does my child ride?

You may access this information by clicking on the " Bus Stops" logo section on the home page.

Because of the high volume of bus stop requests that the Transportation Dept. receives during the first month of school, you may get bus stop information in a timelier manner by contacting your child's school.

All schools have access to bus stop information.

Why can't the school bus stop in front of my home?

Only certain special education students such as wheel chair bound students are eligible for "Curb-to-Curb" service. School bus stops are placed in central locations to shorten route length and times; every effort is made to improve route efficiency by grouping students to stops. We transport 23,000 students twice a day, and each bus stop takes at least 2 minutes; imagine how long it would take to pick up 60 students on one bus at their home and still get them to school on time. That is why we have group stops.

Why is the bus late and why wasn't I called?

Pick up and drop off times will not vary to any great extent on a normal basis. Some of the situations that could cause lateness include traffic, road closures, weather, illness of driver, vehicle breakdowns or a late prior route. At times, in the afternoon, buses may have to return to the school to handle a behavior management situation. This may also cause a bus to be late. Since we operate nearly 450 buses that serve 23,000 students daily, it is virtually impossible to contact parents. We do, however, make every effort to contact the school that the bus services.

When a bus is late during the AM routes, please contact:

Garage: 603-6534

6:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M.

Transportation 603-6537 or 603-6535

7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

When a bus is late during the PM routes, please contact:

Garage: 603-6534 until 6:00 P.M.

Transportation: 603-6567 until 5:00 P.M.

Security: 635-0416 ( After 5:00 P.M. ONLY)

Be prepared to give the child's bus number as well as school, child's name, and stop location. Parents should have discussed a contingency plan with their children at the beginning of the school year in the event a bus is running extremely late or breaks down before reaching their student's bus stop.

Why aren't there seat belts on the school bus?

School bus transportation is the safest mode of ground transportation in the United States. Seat belts are not required equipment on school buses. School buses utilize the "Compartmentalization" concept along with their size and weight to offer protection to the students. The larger a vehicle, the more energy gets transferred to the object hit, such as a car or pick-up truck. Since the mid - 70's the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that compartmentalization is the most practical for school buses. Compartmentalization is an arrangement where by seats are placed close together to absorb the energy of a child's body thrown against it. Additional padding, higher seat backs, frame construction, and anchoring requirements make compartmentalization the accepted choice and the industry standard.

Why can't my child bring his large band instrument or back pack with rollers onto the bus?

Many of our buses are at or near capacity. Many large instruments require a full seat or at least a seat for the student and the instrument. Many of our buses do not have this available space. Also, Federal law prohibits the aisles or doors from being blocked in any way. Smaller instruments or backpacks that can be held in the students lap or placed under the seat are not a problem. Improperly stowed items become "projectiles" and may block egress of students in the unlikely event of an accident and can cause additional serious injuries to students. We do appreciate your cooperation in this situation.

My child occasionally may need to ride home to a different location. Is this possible?

We try to discourage this because many of our buses are at or near capacity. Additional students can create overcrowded conditions. If it is absolutely necessary that a student be dropped off at other than their designated stop, the parent must send a signed note to the principal at the student's school making the request, provided space is available on the bus. The principal must approve the parent's request in writing before the bus driver is permitted to drop the child off at an alternate stop. Written notes must have a contact phone number from the parent to be able to verify the request prior to its approval. The temporary drop off site must be a designated stop on the route that the bus travels. The bus will not deviate from its assigned route. Please remember that your request may be disapproved by the principal if space is not available. You should check with the school to assure that your child can ride a different bus that day.

Can I get transportation for my child to or from a licensed day care?

Transportation to day cares will be permitted only if the student is eligible for bus transportation and the day care is on the assigned route. The day care must be located within the attendance boundary of the school the student attends. Additionally, space must be available on the requested bus.

What should I do if I have a complaint about a bus driver?

All traffic related complaints involving bus drivers should be made to our complaint hotline. The number is (318) 364-5000. This is also the same number that is placed on the back of all of our school buses. If the complaint concerns the behavior of a student riding the bus, then the complaint should be made to the principal or assistant principal at the school the student attends. Remember, that without the bus number it may be impossible for us to identify the bus.

What procedures are in place to address sex offenders and child predators that live close to bus stops in Caddo Parish?

The Transportation Department when requested, will move a designated bus stop so as not to allow a student to walk in front of the residence of a registered sex offender. The new bus stop will be designated by the Transportation Department. However, safety for a student going to and from a bus stop is a parental responsibility.

"Can I get transportation for my child to or from a licensed day care?"

Please fill out the Parental Agreement for Transportation to Alternate Locations form and send it to the Transportation Dept. using the downloadable form provided. The form can then be mailed to the Caddo Schools Transportation Dept. at 3928 Joplin Street in Shreveport, La. 71108 or faxed directly to the Transportation Dept. at (318) 631-5738. During busy times of the school year such as the beginning of school,these requests may take up to three weeks to review. Transportation supervisors will evaluate each request and a decision will be rendered.  Parental Agreement for Transporation to Alternate Locations Form.

How do I request a change in the location of a bus stop?

Requests for changes in existing designated stops or requests for designating a new bus stop must be submitted in writing by letter or by fax to the Transportation Dept. using the downloadable form provided. The form can then be mailed to the Caddo Schools Transportation Dept. at 3928 Joplin Street in Shreveport, La. 71108 or faxed directly to the Transportation Dept. at (318) 631-5738. During busy times of the school year such as the beginning of school,these requests may take up to three weeks to review. There is no guarantee a stop will be changed. Transportation supervisors will evaluate each request which may necessitate an on-site visit.
Disclaimer: ***All forms are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

 

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