Transportation Department

Nothing says school quite like getting to ride the school bus.

We employ and train the best drivers to make sure our kids are safely transported to and from school.

FAST FACTS:

  • Students opting to ride the bus can only have ONE pick-up location and ONE drop-off location. They are not allowed to rotate between different stops, unless on a one week on/off plan due to living arrangements.
  • NO TEMPORARY BUS PASSES ARE ALLOWED. If a need arises for a child to get dropped off/picked up at any place other than their assigned stop, the parent/guardian needs to make those arrangements.
  • Please have your child at the assigned bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time in the mornings. If a bus is at the stop at the correct time (10 min. window) and the child misses the bus, we will not instruct the bus driver to go back and pick up your child.
  • If your child is in preschool or utilizes SPED transportation, we require that a responsible greeter be present at the bus stop and you will need to contact your school to set up transportation.
  • To request transportation, please click the link below.
Transportation FAQ

Steps to receive transportation

  1. Please make sure your child is registered in Powerschool at the school level.  No students are allowed to ride unless the info in PS is correct. Write the student ID down in a safe place.
  2. Check here or download the Ride360 app to see if your child is assigned to a bus. If the address and stop is correct, you are finished.  If the info is incorrect or there is no info available, please fill out a transportation form located here.
  3.  After you have filled out the request form, go back to the Ride360 website or app to see updated route information. (updated route info may take up to 3 business days.)

There are several advantages to downloading the Ride360 app to access bus route info. Not only will it provide you with the bus information but you can live track the school bus your child is assigned to within the app. The transportation department utilizes the app to communicate with parents regarding bus changes/time changes. (When you are setting up the app for the first time, it will ask for the school your child attends. Please type in Greater Clark County Schools.)

1. Students must use their assigned stop.

2. If you reside within an NTZ (no transportation zone), no transportation will be provided.

3. If you have questions, contact us at: transportation@gccschools.com

GCCS Transportation Policy and Procedures:

Who Rides and Where

  1. Transportation is determined by a student’s home address.
  2. Students may be picked up at their childcare address if: a) the childcare address is within the same boundary as the home address; and b) the childcare address is within distance guidelines for transportation service.
  3. GCCS does not allow alternating addresses during the week. Students are allowed one pick up location and one drop off location every day. In other words, the morning address and the afternoon address can be different such as home in the morning and daycare in the afternoon. All stops must be within the boundaries of the school the student attends. In the interest of keeping our students safe, we can no longer accommodate complex schedules involving multiple stops.
  4. GCCS will pick up a child from one location in the morning and drop him or her off at another in the evening as long as both stops are within the same school boundary. Buses are only to stop at the authorized stops on designated routes.
  5. Stop locations may change periodically based on the student population, demographics, and physical conditions of the area served.
  6. Students must ride on their assigned bus, to their assigned stop. All stops are assigned by the Director of Transportation or designee.
  7. Students must be at their assigned stop location five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
  8. Non-students, including parents, are not permitted on a school bus without explicit consent from a school official. Entering without permission constitutes criminal trespass, a class D Felony. (I.C. 35-43-2-2).
  9. Bus drivers are not authorized to assign or change bus stops.
  10. Students are not allowed to ride to (or from) another student’s home/ bus stop. Emergencies will be considered and approved by the Director of Transportation or the student’s principal.
  11. Bus stop change requests should be directed to the transportation office by using the GCCS website. Go here
  12. For those eligible, all bus stops shall be within .3 mile of a student’s home for elementary and middle school students and .4 mile for high school students.
  13. Preschool and students who utilize SPED transportation must have a designated, responsible greeter at the stop when the bus arrives to drop off.  If the greeter is not at the stop when the bus arrives, the child will be taken back to the school.  If the greeter is not at the bus stop 3 or more days, transportation will be suspended for one week. Parents may complete a waiver form, relinquishing this obligation. Contact the transportation office to obtain this form, 812-288-4809.
  14. In order to preserve the safety and welfare of student riders, it is imperative that all students obey the rules of the bus, the bus driver, and the school. The bus is considered an extension of the school. All school rules apply. Not following the safety rules below may result in students being denied busing privileges and disciplined by school officials.  Go to GCCS transportation department’s web page to view the rules.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

RULES FOR STUDENTS RIDING SCHOOL VEHICLES

Greater Clark provides students with safe equipment and capable drivers, but our program depends

upon you, students and parents. SAFETY is the paramount consideration in the operation of a school vehicle.

Transportation is for regularly enrolled students, grades kindergarten to 12 (excluding noon arriving and

departing students).

WHILE WAITING FOR THE SCHOOL BUS:

1. Arrive at your stop five (5) minutes ahead of scheduled pick-up time.

2. Never run alongside the bus. Wait until the bus stops to board. Students living on the opposite side of the road should wait on their side until the driver gives them the signal to cross (thumbs up) in front of the bus.

3. Keep the roadway clear of books, clothing, etc. DO NOT PLAY IN THE ROAD.

4. Students fighting, using profanity, or making obscene gestures to the public are subject to disciplinary action.

WHILE RIDING IN THE BUS/VEHICLE:

1. Please obey the driver. The driver is in complete charge of the vehicle.

2. Please be seated immediately and remain seated while the vehicle is in motion. The driver will assign seats.

DO NOT mar, deface, or cut seats.

Note: PARENT/GUARDIAN WILL PAY FOR ANY DAMAGE TO VEHICLE.

3. Students will ENTER and LEAVE the bus ONLY when it comes to a complete stop and the door has been opened by the driver. STUDENTS WILL NOT LEAVE BY THE EMERGENCY DOOR unless instructed by the driver.

4. For safety reasons, no objects will be placed in the aisle, emergency exits, or doorways. No large objects (including band instruments) that interfere with the seating of others will be taken on the vehicle. Animals (dead or alive), fireworks, cutting instruments, or loud electronic equipment are not allowed on the bus.

5. Loud, boisterous talking, screaming, yelling, and eating will not be allowed.

6. No weapons are allowed on a school bus as defined in policy # 5144.

7. Students will not tamper with the emergency exits, fire extinguisher, or other safety equipment in the vehicle.

8. Respect pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles. Do not shout, make obscene signs, use profanity, or throw objects from the bus windows.

9. Students will not extend any body parts out of the bus.

10. Students will not litter the bus. Cans, bottles, cartons, etc., can cause falls.

11. Violations will be reported to the principal/designee and/or the director/assistant director of transportation, who will determine the appropriate disciplinary action and notify parents.

12. Students are required to exit the bus at their regular stop unless the student provides the driver with a Bus Pass signed by the principal or his/her designee.

13. Electronic monitoring/surveillance equipment is used on all buses.

14. Students will be disciplined when found to be in violation of any School Board policy or state statute. A copy of these policies and statutes is provided to each student and is available at each school building.

THE ABOVE RULES WERE ESTABLISHED BY THE SCHOOL SAFETY COMMITTEE AS PROVIDED BY

CHAPTER 303, INDIANA ACTS OF 1945 (AS AMENDED).

School Bus Safety – The Danger Zone
What is the “danger zone”?  It is the area surrounding the bus where children are hard to see.  We want your children to be safe when they travel to and from school.  Please help us by:
  • If your student misses the bus at their regular stop, do not follow the bus to the next stop and let your child walk/run beside the bus to get on. The driver cannot see the student in the danger zone, especially if it is dark and could possibly hit them as they pull away from the stop. Take your student to school.
  • Make children stay at least 10 feet away from the bus until they begin to enter. Children will be able to see the driver and the driver can see them.
  • If children must cross the street to the bus they should cross the street 10 feet (five giant steps) in front of the bus where they can see the driver and the driver can see them.
  • Warn the children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.  If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Car drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by the bus on the right hand side.
  • Teach your child to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.
  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they may dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Click this link to access the transportation policy for special services.

Click here to view the GCCS boundary maps.

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