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Amy DeYoung

Transportation Director

Email: adeyoung@gulllakecs.org 

Phone: 269.548.3890

Fax: 269.548.3401 


 

Transportation Handbook

Registration for Bus:

All parents are required to register their child(ren) for the school bus each year if a ride is needed for the upcoming school year.  Registrations will be sent from EZrouting via email starting in May each year to the primary contact that is listed with your child’s school.  Students will be assigned to buses in the order the registrations are received until buses are full.   Do not share or forward the registration link as this will connect your account with other people and will give them access to your child’s account.  Contact the Transportation Department if you do not receive a registration link. 

Once your registration is received you will be notified if your child has been "accepted" for the bus. Bus numbers and times will be available one to two weeks before school starts in the parent portal.

School of Choice students will not be sent a registration link until all "in-district" students who have registered have been assigned to buses. Available spots for School of Choice families will be determined three to four weeks after school has started. At that time, if there are spots available, registration links will be sent and School of Choice students will be added in the order the registrations are received.

Please make sure your address, email address, and phone numbers are up to date with your child's school so that the correct information is being delivered through Synergy. All student information changes must come from your child's school.

Registration links are only sent to the PRIMARY contact, you may change the primary contact with your school if needed.

Starting the 22-23 school year, all bus cancellations will be emailed through EZrouting to all email contacts. Robocalls will no longer be made for bus cancellations.

If you are registering with a smartphone, please use the Bus Quest App (located at the bottom of the registration link) to register your student. You will also be able to use the Bus Quest App to see the estimated arrival time of your bus.

Buses will fill up fast, please make sure you send in your registration link ASAP and specify if your student needs AM, PM, or both. Please note in the comments section if you need an additional address for your child and we will do our best to accommodate.

If you register your student and do not submit a transportation request, a spot will not be reserved for your child on the bus.

Bus information including bus number, pick up, and drop off time will be available in the parent portal a week before school begins. Students are required to be at the bus stop 15-minutes prior to the time stated in the parent portal for the first three weeks of school. After that, time will start to stabilize, at that time, please have your student(s) out 10 minutes prior to the adjusted times. Do not allow students to wait in the house or in cars. They must be at the bus stop when the bus arrives.

 

 

Special Needs Transportation Information

In order for the Gull Lake Community Schools Transportation Department to provide safe and efficient transportation, we need to team with the parents of our special needs students and identify mutual expectations.

Below are the expectations for both drivers and parents.

Bus Driver:

1. Bus stop times will be identified to ensure the proper amount of time is given to meet the loading needs of students and adequate time is given between bus stops.

2. The bus driver will make a complete stop at each bus stop location and look for the student. If the student is not out and ready to board the bus at the designated time, the bus will proceed to the next bus stop location.

3. If the bus arrives at the bus stop more than 5-minutes prior to the scheduled bus stop time, the driver will wait for the 5-minute window before leaving the bus stop.

4. Drivers cannot wait while parents return to the house or car to retrieve personal items.

5. For drop-off situations the driver will wait if the bus arrives early to the bus stop location until the designated drop-off time. If parents are not at the bus stop at the designated time, the bus will proceed to the next bus stop. 

6. Drivers shall only stop at the designated bus stop locations.

Parents:

1. Parents must have the student ready and waiting for the bus 5-minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. 

2. All items such as backpacks, personal items etc., must be ready and with the student. 

3. Parents must call if the student is not going to ride the bus at least 30-minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. If a student does not ride the bus for 3 consecutive days and the parent has not called in, transportation will cease until the parent calls to resume it. If the student does not ride in the morning, but will need a ride from school, please advise. If a student does not ride the bus to school, the bus will not go to the school to pick them up, unless you inform us of the need for a ride home.

4. For drop-off situations parents must be at the bus stop at the designated drop-off time. 

5. Daycare providers are responsible for following the same guidelines as the parents. If you are using a daycare provider, please be sure you provide them a copy of this letter.

6. Current contact information, including an emergency contact person, must be provided directly to the Transportation Department.

These mutual expectations should result in predictable bus stop times and the timely arrival to school and drop-off locations.

There will be times when problems arise due to mechanical failures, weather conditions or student issues that require the bus drivers’ attention and may result in buses arriving late. Parents should wait at least 10-minutes after the scheduled pick-up time before calling the transportation department. Should a situation arise and there is enough time to call parents regarding a late bus, a call will be made to the contact number that has been provided. If you will be waiting with your child outside the house and have a cell phone, please provide the Transportation Department the cell phone number and we will use that number when calling about a delayed bus.

On occasion, buses arrive to drop-off a student and a parent/guardian is not present to meet the student. To avoid delays in the transportation of other students, the driver will proceed and the office will take the following steps:

1. A phone contact will be made to the school to determine if the student can be returned.

2. The police department will be contacted and the student transported to the police department.

Should you have any questions please contact the Transportation Office at 269.548.3891 or the Special Education Office at 269.548.3416.