What We Do
Roseburg Public Schools contracts with First Student Inc. to provide all bus services for the District. Our partnership takes pride in seeing that every child arrives at school every day safely, on time and ready to learn. A students day begins and ends on the bus. Let them ride with us!
- Bus Behavior Rules
- Crossover Rules
- Frequently Asked Transportation Questions
- When Is the District Required to Provide Tranportation?
Bus Behavior Rules
Be Safe - Be Respectful - Be Responsible
WHEN WAITING FOR THE BUS
- Be visible
- Stay in designated “safe” areas
- Wait for driver’s signal to cross in front of bus
- Be respectful of other peoples property
- Use Quiet voices
- Wait patiently
- Be on time (five minutes before bus arrives)
- Form and stand in line to load bus
- Keep pets and inappropriate items at home (toys, glass containers)
WHEN RIDING ON THE BUS
- Sit correctly
- Keep hands, feet and objects to self
- Keep aisles clear
- Be quiet at RR crossings
- Keep hands and objects inside the bus
- Follow loading procedures
- Follow bus rules
- Food and snack are not to be eaten on bus and must be kept in backpack
- Share seat with others
- Use kind words and actions
- Use quiet voices follow bus driver expectations and directions
- Ask permission to open windows half way
- Take seat quickly
- Ask permission to change seats
- Keep all belongings with you
- Watch for your stop
- Use quiet voices
- Clean up after yourself
- Control personal items
WHEN UNLOADING FROM THE BUS
- Follow dismissal procedures – wait for brake to be set before standing
- Emergency exits only used in emergencies
- Cross in front of bus by driver direction only
- Take personal items with you
- Have note from the office for busing changes
- Assist substitute drivers
- Close window when leaving
- Watch for your stop
- Dismiss promptly when bus comes to stop
- Respond to driver directions
CROSSOVER RULES -Morning
- Stand at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road
- Looks to the driver before crossing the road
- Do not cross the road until given a verbal ok from the driver over the outside PA system of the bus. STOP! IF THE DRIVER SOUNDS THEIR HORN.
- Always cross 10 feet (5 giant steps) in front of the bus so that they can see the driver and the driver see them
CROSSOVER RULES - Afternoon
- Walk out 10 feet from the right front bumper and look to the driver
- Do not cross the road until given a verbal ok from the driver over the outside PA system STOP! IF THE DRIVER SOUNDS THEIR HORN.
- Look to the right and then to the left before crossing
NOTE: If you meet your child at the bus stop in the afternoon, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Then proceed across with the Drivers direction.
Thank you for your assistance in making this a safe ride to and from our schools.
If you have any questions or comments please call our office at 541-440-4048.
Frequently Asked Transportation Questions
1. Q) Why can’t the driver add a stop?
A) We take many things into consideration when constructing bus routes. Of those, student safety is the most important. Consistency is also important. Stops are created by using established criteria which insures that all students in the District receive similar service. All changes must go through Transportation so that information in our computers accurately reflects how the routes are driven. In the case of an emergency, we rely on computer information to determine the location and students on the route.
2. Q) How can a stop be changed or added to a bus route?
A) All change requests must be submitted to the Transportation Department for review. You will be notified if your request has been approved or denied by the Transportation Supervisor. Once approved, stop changes may take up to FIVE (5) days† to be completed. Changes affect all students riding the route, and all parents/guardians must be notified of any change to their student’s stop. Please do not ask drivers to make ‘special’ stops for your student. This practice is strictly forbidden by the Oregon Department of Education. †Due to the hectic nature of start-up, route change requests may take longer at the beginning of the school year.
3. Q) Can a student ride to a different stop or on a different route on a one time basis?
A) Students may ride a different bus or to a different stop if ALL of the following conditions are met:
- The student is a Roseburg Public Schools student
- There is space on the bus
- The student utilizes an established stop
- A note is supplied for EACH occurrence
- A note is written and signed by the parent/guardian and is given to the school secretary/administrator. The student is given a bus pass to hand it the driver upon loading. Notes to the driver from student/parent will not be accepted – the pass must come from the school office.
4. Q) What time do students need to be at their bus stop?
A) Parents should ensure that their students are at their designated stop and ready to board five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. Traffic and other circumstances can cause the bus to be early or late on any given day. Transportation uses Official U.S. Time (www.time.gov) for all routes. Parents should check their clocks to insure they are on the same time.
5. Q) Can a student bring a pet on the bus?
A) Oregon Revised Statues do not permit insects, reptiles, or animals of any type except for approved guide or assistance animals.
6. Q) Why are the students assigned to a seat?
A) Seats are assigned in order to maintain a calm and safe atmosphere on the bus. This makes loading and unloading more efficient. Drivers are required to maintain a seating chart to account for all students.
7. Q) Who is eligible to ride?
A) Students are eligible to ride if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- They are a primary student who resides more than one mile from school.
- They are a primary student who resides less than one mile from the school, but within a hazardous area, that has an approved supplementary plan for Transportation by Oregon Department of Education and the Roseburg Public Schools – School Board
- They are a secondary student who resides more than one and one half miles from school
- They are a secondary student who resides less than 1 ½ miles from the school, but within a hazardous area, that has an approved supplementary plan for Transportation by Oregon Department of Education and the Roseburg Public Schools – School Board
8. Q) Where will my student be picked up or dropped off?
A) Your student may be picked up at any designated stop along the route. Students are only discharged from the bus at their designated stop. A pre-approved bus pass must be presented to the driver at the time they board if you want your student to disembark at a different stop. (See #3)
9. Q) Do I have to be with my kindergarten student at the pickup point?
A) It is advisable for you to be at the pickup point with your student. However if your student is at the stop unattended we will pick them up.
10. Q) Do I need to meet my kindergarten student at the drop-off point?
A) Your student will be dropped at their designated stop following the procedure outlined here. If the driver notices a kindergartener not connecting with an adult or walking to his/her destination, the following may take place:
- The student will be moved to the front seat.
- The driver will check to see that the student knows where their home is from the bus stop. If they know, they will be released and the bus will continue on. If not, a call will be made to the student’s emergency contact number for instruction.
If the driver cannot contact a parent or guardian:
- The driver will call the School for additional information.
- If no additional information is available at the school, a call to the District office will be placed.
- Driver will let the building administrator/secretary know they will return to the stop at the end of the route.
- If no parent is present at that time the student will be returned to the school.
11. Q) May my student be transported to/from a Day Care instead of home?
A) Your student may be transported to/from a day care provided that the day care is within your school attendance area. This would be their designated stop every day.
12. Q) What about early releases?
A) Early release routes are identical to regular-day, (K-12), adjusted for time.
13. Q) Will my student have the same bus stop when snow routes are used?
A) Some routes and certain stops on individual routes may be eliminated when snow routes are used. On inclement weather days, the District will provide information on any time delays and snow routes. A link will be provided to individual route information on District web pages.
14. Q) If a parent has a concern about their student’s bus route or driver, who should they talk to?
A) They should contact the Transportation Office at (541) 440-4048 or First Student (541) 670-5819.
15. Q) Can a parent take their student off the bus along the route?
A) Federal and State Transportation regulations only permit the students to depart the bus at their designated stop or at school. Only a district staff member may remove a student from the bus at school. This is for the safety and security of all students.
16. Q) Can students carry glass, plants, balloons, or a large project on the bus?
A) Objects that could break or anything that could potentially injure students cannot be transported on the bus. Large items that cannot be safely stored on the students lap may not be transported. These objects become hazardous in the event of a collision. Balloons can pop or float into the driver’s view causing dangerous distractions so cannot be brought onto the bus.
17. Q) Will students have the same stop before and after school?
A) Stops may not be the same in the morning as they are in the afternoon for some students. Many students go to after school programs and daycare which would create the same type of situation. Additionally, some afternoon routes and stops may be consolidated for efficiency.
18. Q) Can students bring their musical instrument or skateboard on the bus?
A) For student safety, large, uncontained objects cannot be transported on the school bus (See #16). Musical instruments in a case may be transported provided there is space on the bus and the instrument can be secured by the student. If skateboards are permitted at school First Student will allow them on the bus following the same policy for instruments. This pertains to both the regular school year and summer school sessions.
19. Q) If my student has not arrived at the normal drop off time who do I call?
A) Afterschool route times are estimates and may vary depending on many factors. Call the First Student dispatcher at (541) 670-5819, they can radio the driver to confirm any delays and provide an estimated arrival time.
20. Q) Will transportation be provided if we move?
A) Depending on whether or not you still reside in the same school boundary, transportation may be available and new stop information will be provided within three days of notifying transportation of your address change. If your move has placed you in the walking area for your home school your student will no longer ride a bus. If you have moved out of the school boundary you will be responsible for your student’s transportation.
21. Q) Can a visitor or family member ride the bus?
A) Transportation services are provided for Roseburg students meeting the criteria in answer #7. Any others requesting permission to ride on a bus should contact the Transportation Office.
ORS 327.043 - When is the district required to provide transporation & the waiver of this requirement
327.043 When district required to provide transportation; waiver. (1) A school district is required to provide transportation for elementary students who reside more than one mile from school and for secondary school students who reside more than 1.5 miles from school. A district is also required to provide transportation for any student identified in a supplemental plan approved by the State Board of Education.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the State Board of Education may waive the requirement to provide transportation for secondary school students who reside more than 1.5 miles from school. A district must present to the board a plan providing or identifying suitable and sufficient alternate modes of transporting secondary school students. [1991 c.780 §7]