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The Transportation Services team of Hilliard City Schools welcomes our new preschool and kindergarten students aboard! We hope that as the parent/guardian you will find your first experience with school transportation to be pleasant for both you and your child. Riding the school bus for the first time can be an exciting experience for a little one. In an effort to make this a positive experience, there are a few details that you should know.
When school begins please complete and attach the yellow “BUS INFORMATION” card to your student’s book bag. You will receive your card(s) at your student’s open house (meet the teacher night). The card must be worn every school day for the entire school year.
All students riding the bus to school need to be at their assigned bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
Students who are transported home at mid-day must be released to a parent, guardian or other authorized individual. We request that you please be at your student’s stop 10 minutes prior to the bus’ scheduled drop-off time. This will help in the event that the bus is running ahead of schedule to be sure your student is dropped off appropriately to the care of someone.
Kindergarten students who are transported home at the end of the school day may be let off the bus at a group bus stop with other Hilliard students. If the kindergartener’s stop is an individual stop, or there are no other students getting off the bus at the time, the kindergarten student must be released to the care of a parent, guardian or other authorized individual.
Transportation personnel provide bus safety instructions to preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade students. Please discuss bus safety with your student on a regular basis. Impress upon them the importance of sitting in their seats and the safety issues involved. You also need to be aware that the drivers use hand signals when loading students and when students are crossing a roadway. Please have your student follow their hand signals.
Rules and guidelines regarding student conduct on a school bus are based on state law, Ohio Department of Education guidelines and Hilliard City School District policies. These guidelines and rules are in place to help create, foster and maintain safe, efficient and proper school bus environments for all students and staff. The school bus driver is the district representative in charge of the bus. The instructions of the driver need to be followed and respected by the students. Their instructions guide students as they board and leave the bus and help manage student conduct during the ride. Expectations for student conduct include the following:
- Students need to arrive at their bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive;
- Students need to wait quietly in a location clear of traffic and a safe distance from the bus stop. This is often referred to the designated place of safety;
- Students at the bus stop must not threaten any individual;
- When boarding the school bus, students are to go directly to their assigned seat;
- Students need to remain seated during the bus ride, keeping the aisle and exits clear;
- Students need to observe classroom conduct while riding the bus;
- Students must not use profane language;
- Students must refrain from eating and drinking on the bus except as required for medical reasons;
- Students must not use tobacco on the bus;
- Students must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus except for prescription medication as required;
- Students must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus;
- Students may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps;
- Students must not put head or arms out of the bus windows;
- Students must be quiet at railroad crossings until the bus entirely clears the crossing;
- Students must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been assigned unless they have written parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise; and,
- Students must follow their school’s student code of conduct while on the bus. All expectations of proper behavior and restrictions against misconduct apply while on the bus.
Administrative Intervention, Action and Discipline
Our team works closely with all district principals and administrators to help create, foster and maintain safe, efficient and proper school bus environments. In situations where a student’s conduct and/or actions are not in-line with the above referenced guidelines and according to the Student Code of Conduct, corrective actions for misconduct on a school bus will follow appropriate district policy. Minor infractions may involve corrective action by the driver at the time or a follow-up call to a parent. Serious or repeated infractions will result in an incident report submitted to the school administrator for further intervention. Corrective action and/or discipline may involve suspensions from bus transportation, including immediate removal from a bus if warranted.
Should I call the Transportation Services office if my child is not going to ride the bus to school in the morning?It is not necessary to contact Transportation Services if a student is not riding. However, if your student(s) is/are the only one(s) assigned to the stop it is beneficial to notify the driver so they don’t “worry” they may have missed someone. You may contact the office by calling 614-921-4700.
What should I do if my child needs to ride a different bus to or from school?To ride to school on a different bus or be picked up at a different stop: a student shall have a note signed by a parent and/or a phone call to transportation services to notify us verbally of the situation before a student may be picked up at a stop other than their assigned stop(s) or ride a different bus to school. To ride home on a different bus or be dropped off at a different stop: a student shall have a note signed by a parent and a school building administrator before a student may be dropped off at a stop other than their assigned stop or ride a bus other than that which they are assigned.
My child attends a private or parochial school, how do I request transportation services?Please visit the school your student attends and complete a Transportation Request form. This form must be completed by the parent/guardian. The school of attendance will then forward that form to us for processing. Once our office team receives the request form, it will be processed to determine eligibility. Once eligibility for bus transportation is determined the appropriate stop will be created.
My child attends a private or parochial school, how do I find transportation information?Once the request/registration process (described above) is completed, transportation arrangements may take three to five business days. This allows us to make necessary adjustments and notification of possible bus stop adjustments for other students. You may obtain your student’s transportation arrangements by visiting our "Find My Bus Stop" page.
I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop according to district policy. We encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent peace of mind.
I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true?Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus – this is a very dangerous thing to do. Hilliard City Schools requires students to be at the designated place of safety five minutes prior to their scheduled pickup.
StaffAndi Cunningham, Transportation Services Coordinator
Ryan Young, Assistant Transportation Services Coordinator
Cathy Redding, Assistant Transportation Services Coordinator
Janelle Hartsook-Tumeo, Secretary
Kelly Davey, Secretary
Lynn Wilson, Dispatcher
Crystal Lester, Dispatcher
Do you have a question, concern, or need help? Call us at (614) 921-4700, or fill out our form.
Please allow 48 hours for updates to be reflected. This is your student’s primary transportation information. If your transportation schedule varies through the week it will not be reflected on this page.
Every year you must request transportation for shared parenting (ALL students) and sitter (Elementary Students). Alternate transportation arrangements must be within the attendance area of your student’s building. If you have not done so, please visit www.hilliardschools.org and go to “contact us” to submit your request. We also offer transportation services from some Day Care facilities to Elementary Buildings. It is based on the location of the facility and School boundaries. Check to see if your Day Care is on the list by filling out our form.Help: If you have difficulties or do not have the proper numbers, contact your child’s current enrollment building. Transportation Services primary office is located at 4970 Davidson Road. We also have a satellite office located at the district’s Central Office, 2140 Atlas Street.