School Bus Passes

2018 – 2019 School Bus Pass Process

The District has established a transportation fee for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Because we are charging a fee for bus service, MOST children in grades K-12 may be able to ride the bus by walking to a conveniently located neighborhood location.

 The District regulation state that students who reside beyond the minimum transportation distances listed below shall be eligible for transportation service to the school of their attendance area:

  1. For elementary school students:

    Grades K – 6:  One (1.0) mile or more, pass required 

  2. For students attending junior high school:

    Grades 7 – 8:  Two (2.0) miles or more, pass required

  3. For students attending high school:

     Grades 9 – 12:  Two and one half (2.5) miles or more, pass required

 Applications for bus passes should be completed and returned to the Transportation Office by the start of the new school year. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Transpiration Services at (714) 990-7837 or email at buspass@bousd.us

 Ridership Fees

All students riding general education school bus routes from home-to-school and/or school to home shall pay fees as set forth and by the Board of Education.  The fee schedule is as follows:

 

Annual Round Trip

Annual One Way

Semester Round Trip

Semester One Way

1st Child

$312.00

$156.00

$163.00

$82.00

2nd Child

$208.00

$104.00

$110.00

$56.00

3rd Child

$104.00

$53.00

$58.00

$29.00

4th Child

N/C

N/C

N/C

N/C

                                                                       

Money orders, Cashier’s Checks or personal checks are the preferred methods of payment.  Applications must accompany all payments and can be faxed (714) 990-2564 or emailed to buspass@bousd.us

DAILY PASSES/ONE WAY BUS RIDE TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Free or Reduced Rate

The following student bus riders on home-to-school routes shall be exempt from the fee schedule above:

  • Students receiving special education services which includes door-to-door transportation specified in their IEP.

  • Families qualifying for free transportation by completely an application and verifying income.

Issuance of Bus Passes

Passes shall be issued annually, by semester, roundtrip or one-way.  The pass will provide for home-to-school and school-to-home or one-way transportation as specified for each school day.  If you are purchasing a semester pass, another application must be completed by you in early January to avoid interruption in your student’s school transportation. 

Passes may be purchased online, through the mail, or at the M.O.T. office located at 565 N. Berry Street (between Lambert and Central) from 7:00AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday.  DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE BERRY STREET ADDRESS, WE WOULD APPRECIATE APPLICATIONS BE PROCESSED ONLINE OR BY MAIL.  Students purchasing a home-to-school and school-to-home bus pass will be guaranteed a seat on a school bus.

We will also have forms available at each school site during registration times.

Bus passes will be issued with the student’s picture, name, school of attendance, grade, and assigned bus stops.  Your child’s most current yearbook photo on file will be used to complete the bus pass.  You must provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application.  The pass will be mailed to the address on the envelope.  Students who are new to the District or do not have a yearbook photo on file will need to be photographed at the Transportation Office located at 565 N.

Berry Street, Brea 92821.  Please do not bring students to be photographed if they already have a photo on file.  New photographs will be denied.  Applications that are incomplete, missing a picture, or without payment will be returned by mail to the applicant. 

Lost Bus Pass

If a bus pass is damaged, lost, or stolen, a replacement pass will need to be purchased at a cost of $10.00.  This replacement fee also applies to those students who qualified for free transportation.  Contact the Transportation Office at 714.990.7837 if this should occur.

Ridership Eligibility Conditions

All students will be required to comply with rules and regulations regarding pupil transportation as set forth in District policies and procedures.  In addition, students who continually forget to bring their bus passes, students loaning passes or using bus passes that do not belong to them, or students attempting to obtain Transportation Service without paying the proper fees, may be denied transportation services for the balance of the school year.

Bus and Bus Stop Assignment

Possession of a current bus pass entitles a student to ride to and from his/her school as purchased.  Students will be picked up and dropped off at the stop determined to be the safest and nearest his/her home.  (Ed. Code: 398315.5)  Students wishing to ride home with another student must possess a current bus pass and have a note of authorization from the student’s parent/guardian and signed by the school office before the student will be allowed to board or disembark from the bus at another stop other than his/her own.  For stop information please see the “Bus Schedules” form under the Transportation link.

Please note:  Transportation is only provided to students in the Country Hills area who reside in the Gingerwood or Glenbrook areas.

Refunds

A REFUND IS ONLY GIVEN FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

  • Your family moves out of the District (withdrawal slip required).

  • Your student enters a special education program where the IEP qualifies the student for free transportation

  • Your family moves to an area within the District where your student will be able to walk to school.

Requests for refunds must be made at the Transportation Office and the pass must be surrendered at the time of request.  Refunds will be prorated for the remaining time of validity of the pass less a %5.00 handling fee.

Bus Pass Violations

 The District’s administrative procedure pertaining to the suspension of bus riding privileges shall apply to the abuse/misuse of one’s bus pass.  A telephone call may be made directly to the parent/guardian.  A Disciplinary Report will be filed by the driver when a student engages in the following:

  • Using/attempting to use an expired, stolen, found or forged bus pass

  • Loaning/borrowing a bus pass or altering one’s permanent bus pass

  • Lack of respect for property near the stop; vandalism, dangerous play or excessive noise may result discipline/citation

  • Bus safety rules are violated

The specific District administration procedures of progressive discipline apply to student misconduct aboard buses and shall be applied to instances of abuse and misuse of bus passes outlined above.  No refund for unused bus passes shall be granted when riding privileges are suspended.

Discipline Policy

1st Offense:        Verbal counsel with student by school administrator. Possible detention.  Citation sent home for parent signature and returned to school

2nd Offense:       1 - 3 day suspension from all buses.  Citation sent home for parent signature and returned to school

3rd Offense:       5 – 10 day suspension from all buses.  Citation sent home for parent signature and returned to school.

4th Offense:       Loss of transportation from all buses.  Citation sent home from parent signature and returned to school.

Displaying Bus Passes

A student will be required to display his/her bus pass to the bus driver each and every time they board the bus at bus stops and school loading zones.  Students should arrive at their designated school bus stop at least five minutes prior to their scheduled pick up time.  Effective August 27, 2018, students must have a bus pass.  NO PASS NO RIDE.  A student will be denied transportation on the bus in the afternoon when loading at a school site.  A student without a bus pass will be sent to the school office to make other arrangements for transportation home.  Uninterrupted transportation service can only be maintained if a student has in his/her possession a valid bus pass and presents it to the bus driver as required. 

Returned Checks

Checks that are returned from a bank due to insufficient funds will be returned to the Business Services Department.  A certified letter will be sent to the parent/guardian for financial settlement.    

If financial settlement cannot be made, the parent/guardian, school, and bus driver shall be notified when transportation services will be denied.  Returned checks are subject to a $15.00 service charge.

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