District qualifications for transportation include:
- Kindergarten through fifth-grade students who live one mile or more from school are eligible for transportation.
- Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students who live two miles or more from school are eligible for transportation.
- The district is unable to provide transportation for high school students (except shuttle transport to Polaris for career-technical courses.)
Transportation will be provided to resident students (K-8) who are under the care of a child care provider at a location other than the student’s residence before and/or after the regular school day (excluding day care centers). In order to qualify both the child care provider and the child’s residence must qualify for transportation. Request forms must be completed.
For questions on transportation eligibility, please contact the Transportation Department.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you calculate walking distance?
- FPCS Transportation calculates the distance a student resides from school based on walking miles and not driving miles (Google Maps). This distance is measured in Versatrans, a student transportation management solution trusted by school districts across the nation to coordinate day-to-day transportation needs.
- Versatrans does factor in instances where a student can safely walk through a park to get to school, thereby shortening the walking miles between residence and school. The software does not calculate the shortest route possible by using hazardous walk areas, or students walking through yards or alleys, or climbing fences.
How does FPCS Transportation determine a safe location for bus stops?
- We treat each stop as unique, directly observing various factors before making a decision about where to place a stop, as well as subjecting each stop assessment to objective safety standards. Physical features (view obstructions, shoulder width, presence or lack of sidewalks, traffic speed and volume, traffic controls, etc.), in and near the roadway, are part of these evaluations.
How many students are allowed on each bus?
- This varies according to the size of the school bus. Full-size buses can accommodate up to 65-72 elementary school students. Everyone must be seated and there is no standing in the aisle allowed.
I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?
- No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop up to one-half mile from their home and we encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent piece of mind.
Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop?
- Many students walk alongside of roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement. Issues relating to where a child’s bus stop is located and safety concerns along the way to the bus stop must be addressed with the district in which you reside.
I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true?
- Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus.
My child has an I.E.P. but transportation is not being provided. Why is this?
- A child who has an I.E.P. does not automatically receive transportation unless the I.E.P. team determines it is a required need related to the disability andwrites this into the related services. If transportation is not included on the I.E.P. your child will be transported similarly to regular education students in your district.
My child is in high school (grades 9 through 12). Does he or she ride a yellow school bus?
- No FPCS high school student will be provided transportation unless the student has a documented disability and the I.E.P. team determines it is necessary to include transportation into the related services.