Scheduled Bus Times
Many parents ask why the times on their child’s post card are not more accurate. Below is the process used prior to sending the postcards and what happens after the postcards are mailed to parents.
In May of each year, there is an article in the Communicator requesting parents contact the Transportation Office with any known changes to their child’s bussing address, for the following school year.
The postcard represents an estimated pick-up and drop-off time, based upon all the known students in the system and the home or daycare address on file.
Many parents wait until the postcards are received to contact the Transportation Office with their home and/or child care address changes. New enrollments continue to be received, with the majority being received after the school buildings reopen in late August.
In the two or three weeks between the postcards being mailed and school starting, hundreds of changes are made to routes, based upon new or different information being received in Transportation.
It is due to this magnitude of changes, that parents are requested to have their child to the bus stop 15-minutes prior to the time on the postcard for the first two weeks of school. By Friday of the second week most routes have stabilized. The stabilized bus stop time then becomes the time that parents should be able to rely on the bus being at the bus stop. Parents can then return to having their child at the bus stop 10-minutes prior to the stabilized bus stop time.
What Parents Can Due to Help with Bus Stop Times:
- Notify the Transportation Department of any known changes to your child’s home address and/or daycare address in May.
- Parents with children who will be juniors or seniors the following school-year and will require transportation should request it prior to the end of July.
-Enroll your child in the GLCS prior to the end of July. The Transportation Department is open all summer and we are happy to assist you in the enrollment process. Enrollment papers may be sent directly to Transportation or personally dropped off.
- Upon receiving the postcard, contact the Transportation Department immediately of any changes.
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.
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.
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.