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School Bus Passes

2019-2020 Bus School Bus Pass Process

(714) 990-7837
buspass@bousd.us

The District has established a transportation fee for the 2019 – 2020 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, preferably online 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.  Payments made with personal check, cashier's check, or money order can be done at the M.O.T. office located at 565 N. Berry St., Brea.  Applications must accompany all payments.  DAILY PASSES/ONE WAY BUS RIDE TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 

Ridership Fees
All students riding school buses from home-to-school and/or school-to-home shall pay fees as set forth by the Board of Education:

2019-2020

 

Annual Round Trip

Annual
1-Way
Semester
Round Trip
Semester
1-Way

1st Child

$322.00

$166.00

$173.00

$92.00

2nd Child

$218.00

$114.00

$120.00

$66.00

3rd Child

$114.00

$63.00

$68.00

$39.00

Additional Children

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 educational services which includes door-to-door transportation as specified in their IEP.
  • Families qualifying for free transportation by completing 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.

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.

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.  After a bus pass is processed, the pass will be issued and returned to the home address.  Please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application and the pass will be mailed to the address on the envelope. Or you can pick up the pass at the District bus pass office / M.O.T. yard at 565 N. Berry Street, Brea.  Students who are new to the District or do not have a yearbook photo on file will need to be photographed at the District bus pass office.  Our space is extremely limited.  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 not be processed.

Lost Bus Pass
If a bus pass is damaged, lost, or stolen, a replacement pass will need to be purchased at a cost of $20.00.  This replacement fee also applies to those students who qualified for free transportation.  Contact the transportation office at 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: 39831.5)

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 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 $15.00 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 will be made directly to the parent/guardian and a Disciplinary Report will be filed by the driver when a student engages in the following:

  • Using or attempting to use an expired bus pass.
  • Loaning or borrowing a bus pass or altering one's permanent bus pass.
  • Using or attempting to use a stolen, found, or forged pass.
  • Students must respect the rights of property owners near the stop; vandalism, dangerous
    play or excessive noise may result in disciplinary action.
  • Bus safety rules are violated.
     

The specific District administrative 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

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

Second Offense:

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

Third Offense:

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

Fourth 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 19, 2019, 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 can not be made, the parent/guardian, school, and bus driver shall be notified when transportation will be denied. Returned checks are subject to a $25.00 service charge.