Bus Transportation

Bus registration is now required for all students who plan to ride the bus. Please see "Bus Registration Information" below.

General Information Designated Bus Stops Special Situations
Bus Registration Information Payride Information Additional Procedures
Transportation Rates Register for Busing First Student Alerts
Safety Regulations Who Should I Contact?  

 

General Information

The State of Kansas mandates that any student living 2.5 miles or more from his or her school is to be provided transportation by the local district.

Free transportation is currently provided to students who live 2.5 miles or more from school and qualify for state reimbursement to the district. Bus transportation may be available for parents who want to pay for children who live less than 2.5 miles from school. Service is provided on a space-available, first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, see Payride Information.

All mileages are calculated measuring the most direct route from the student’s home to the front door of the school in accordance with state guidelines, and maintained by routing software to provide consistency. As advancements in technology have improved routing software, mileage calculations may have changed for some students throughout the district. Likewise, when intersections, roadways and parking lots are updated or road construction occurs, mileage calculations are likely to change. Families that once received free transportation may now be determined as having to pay. While others that have previously paid, may now receive free transportation.

Annual bus registration is now required for ALL students who plan to ride the bus. This includes students who are eligible to ride the bus for free, as well as students who must pay for transportation. Registration will begin on May 1 and will end July 1. For more information, please see Bus Registration Information.

Bus transportation in the Olathe Public Schools is provided under contract by First Student, Inc., and its team of dedicated driving professionals. For more information on service and employment opportunities, contact the location manager at (913) 782-1050.

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Designated Bus Stops

Door-to-door service will not be provided. Students will be required to walk to designated bus stops to board the bus. Students should be prepared for the bus to arrive five minutes prior or up to five minutes after the scheduled bus stop time. Bus stop times are subject to change.

First Student has an experienced routing team that establishes safe and efficient bus routes and schedules utilizing routing software while meeting state and federal guidelines.

Bus stops are primarily established by placing stops near corners that are centrally located within a neighborhood. Elementary stops are placed closer together due to the age of the students, while middle school and high school stops are placed further apart. Students will board the bus each day at the nearest designated stop.

Corner stops have been determined to have advantages over house stops. Buses are less likely to get rear-ended at corner stops. Corner stops are easier for the students and drivers to identify. Disputes over house stops are eliminated as all students are treated equally. Consequently, fewer stops are needed creating more efficient routes.

Special Situations

Students with approved free or reduced-cost federal lunch program applications are eligible for free or reduced-cost transportation on a space-available, first-come, first-serve basis where regular bus routes currently exist. To receive free or reduced pricing, parents must check the waiver box on the application stating that information may be shared with transportation; or provide First Student with a copy of the approved application.

Free transportation may also be available to students who qualify for specialized transportation services due to their disability. Specially equipped buses will be available to support a student’s needs. Door-to-door service may be required.

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Bus Registration Information

Annual bus registration is now required for all students who plan to ride the bus. This includes all students who are eligible to ride the bus for free, as well as students who must pay for transportation. Registration will begin on May 1 and end July 1.

It will not be necessary to register students who ride special education or preschool buses. Transportation for these students is arranged by their assigned building.

Registering for bus service during the summer months allows First Student to better plan and develop efficient routing for students. Registration during the summer months also helps reduce the last minute rush prior to the first day of school which causes long lines and overloaded phone systems at First Student.

The registration deadline is July 1. This is a strict deadline. Late registrants will not be guaranteed transportation before Sept. 1 and will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis. Exceptions to the rule will be made only for new residents.

Bus route information will be available on registration day at each building. Please visit the bus information table to receive the designated bus stop assignment.

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Payride Information

For those schools where regular bus routes currently exist, bus transportation is guaranteed and fees apply to Level 1 students.

Level 1 students are:

  • Elementary students living 1 to 2.5 miles from school.
  • Middle school students living 1.5 to 2.5 miles from school.
  • Students who live within a transportation safety variance area.

AND who register and pay for service by July 1. Students new to the district or a particular school have 30 days to establish their Level 1 status.

Service is also provided on a space-available, first-come, first-serve basis to Level 2 students. A seat on the bus is not guaranteed for Level 2 students.

Level 2 students are:

  • Students not in Level 1.
  • High school students.
  • Students signing up for service after July 1.

Please note:

  • To ride the bus at any time during the year, payment must be made for the full year, regardless of annual or semester payment option selected.
  • No discounts for students who only ride the bus once per day due to activities.
  • Refunds only apply when a student transfers to another school in the district.
  • Transportation will not be provided to students who transfer outside of their attendance area.

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Additional Procedures

Bus transportation is available under the following conditions:

  • All students must register with First Student, Inc.
  • Only a parent or guardian may call.
  • Distances are measured from the student's home to the school, not from the bus stop.
  • Students will board the bus at the nearest designated stop on the route.

Transportation Rate Schedule

The base rate for bus transportation is $290 per school year, but various discounts may apply. All other district payride conditions and requirements remain applicable.

Please call First Student, Inc. to pay for service, (913) 782-1050.

 

2015-16 Annual Payment
per Rider

 
Riders in Family Early bird discount of 25 percent -
May 1-July 1
After July 1 (full price)
First Child $217.50 $290.00
Second Child $195.75 $261.00 *
Third Child $174.00 $232.00 *
     
 

Semi-annual Payment
per Rider

 
Riders in Family Early bird discount of 5 percent -
May 1-July 1
After July 1 (full price)
First Child $137.75 $145.00
Second Child $124.00 $130.50 *
Third Child $110.20 $116.00 *
* The second child in a family receives a 10 percent discount. The third child in a family receives a 20 percent discount. All other riders from a family receive free transportation. Students with approved free or reduced-cost federal lunch program applications are eligible for free or reduced-cost transportation on a first come, first serve basis where regular bus routes currently exist. To receive free or reduced pricing, parents must check the waiver box on the application stating that information may be shared with transportation, or provide First Student with a copy of the approved application.

Register for Busing

If you are unsure of a student's mileage to school or the mileage is within 2.4 to 2.6 miles, please verify the calculated mileage with First Student by calling (913) 782-1050.

It is not necessary to register students riding on a special education or preschool bus to school. Transportation for these students is arranged by their assigned building.

First Student Text Alerts

Sign up below to receive important information about bus route delays for the Olathe School District sent as a text message directly to your cell phone, wireless PDA, or pager. Signing up is easy and free. Click on the link below and follow the simple process to receive notification. Please remember that you will need to sign up each year after August 1 as each year's routes are reconfigured and previous year's information is purged.

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Safety Regulations

Safety is a major priority in the Olathe Public Schools. The bus ride is an extension of the school day and students are under the supervision of school and bus personnel. For this purpose, video surveillance systems are placed on buses to monitor driver safety standards and student behavior.

As another safety precaution, the Olathe Public Schools and First Student, Inc. urge parents to inspect their children's clothing and eliminate the potential hazards associated with drawstrings on jackets, sweatshirts and other clothing. Information campaigns by the National Safety Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have caused many clothing manufacturers to eliminate drawstrings from their clothing.

Clothing drawstrings can become snagged on school bus handrails or doors, on playground equipment, on escalators and other mechanical equipment. Incidents of snagged drawstrings or toggles have resulted in injuries and, occasionally, death. The simplest solution is to remove all drawstrings from children's clothing.

In addition to general safety practices, there are various state and district regulations which students must follow when riding the bus.

State Regulations

The following statements are from the "Laws and Regulations Governing School Pupil Transportation in Kansas" and apply to all bus riders.

  • The driver is in charge of all passengers for loading onto, riding in, or unloading from the vehicle. Teachers or other sponsors may be asked to assist with discipline issues. It is the driver's ultimate responsibility to ensure safe transportation for all passengers.
  • The driver cannot require a passenger to leave the vehicle prior to arrival at the destination point.
  • The driver has authority to establish an assigned seating arrangement or to assign seats individually.
  • Passengers awaiting transportation should stand at least 10 feet back from the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • Tobacco products, intoxicating liquor or other alcohol products, or illegal drugs may not be transported or consumed in any vehicle being used for school transportation.
  • There should be no animals, except service animals, transported in a school bus.
  • Passengers should keep all body parts inside the vehicle at all times (i.e., no hands, feet, heads, etc., extended from windows or doors).
  • All passengers should remain seated while the vehicles are moving.
  • No weapons of any type may be transported in these vehicles, except those in use by a law enforcement officer in performance of official duties.

District Regulations

In addition to state regulations, the Olathe Public Schools have has the following rules and regulations to ensure student safety.

  • Read Bus Safety Expectations (PDF)
  • All students should arrive at their bus stops in the morning five minutes prior to the scheduled stop time.
  • Obedience to the orders of the bus driver.
  • No obscene language or gestures.
  • No smoking.
  • No throwing materials from bus windows.
  • No vandalism to property.
  • No excessive talking and unnecessary noises.
  • No fighting.
  • No skateboards.
  • Students must remain seated while bus is moving.
  • Students must not extend their hands, arms or head from bus windows.
  • Students must adhere to safety regulations and other rules and regulations as posed by the contract carrier.
  • Instruments that will fit in a student's lap or between their legs may be transported on the bus. Space may not be available for larger instruments.

Failing to comply with the established safety regulations may lead to a suspension of bus privileges. For more information, contact Lana Dudzinski, transportation manager (913) 780-7000.

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Who Should I Contact?

If you have questions and concerns about student conduct and disciplinary action or interpretation of student guidelines, please contact your school principal.

For questions and concerns about the topics below, please contact First Student, Inc., (913) 782-1050:

  • Driver conduct
  • Bus safety
  • Student injury on bus
  • Bus routes and/or schedules
  • Bus rider eligibility

Questions on transportation of students within our special education programs should be directed to the Assistant Director of Special Services at (913) 780-7006.

For more information, contact Lana Dudzinski, transportation manager, (913) 780-7000.

 

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