Transportation

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    Safety is our main priority here at South Fayette Township School District.  We also strive to provide a transportation schedule that is both efficient and convenient.  Answers for many of your questions regarding the operation of our school buses and transportation policies can be found in this section.  Additional concerns and questions can be addressed to the administrative contacts listed below.

    South Fayette Township School District owns and operates a fleet of 67 school buses and vans.  Forty five district-owned vehicles are utilized each day to run 238 bus routes for the morning, afternoon and mid-day transportation.  Approximately 3,462 students are transported daily to our public schools.  We also transport an additional 187 students to over 30 special, parochial, and private schools within a ten (10) mile radius of the district’s borders on our own buses and vans.  We also contract transportation services with a reputable contractor when necessary.    All athletic events and field trips are transported using our buses and drivers. 

    How to request a Bus Stop Change: To make the district aware of your concerns regarding the location of bus stops, we ask that you notify the Transportation Office at the numbers or emails listed at the bottom of this page.

    You will be notified of the approval or non-approval of your request within two weeks of submission.  Please note that during the beginning of the school year, the response time may be greater due to the increased number of requests received by the transportation department during the first couple weeks of the school year. 

    Please remember the following law regarding stops and drivers: 

    As required by Section 3345(h) of the Vehicle Code, Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; 

    Every school district transporting school children by school bus must establish and maintain school bus loading zones at or near all schools to or from which children are transported.  Each school district transporting children by school bus also must establish school bus loading zones along the highways traveled by school buses, in accordance with the Department’s regulations, Title 67, Chapter 104 of the Pennsylvania Code. 

    Whenever school bus loading zones have been established at or near a school or along a highway, it is unlawful for a school bus driver to stop the bus to pick up or discharge school children at any location other than loading zones. 

    Parent Requests and Exceptions 

    Parents must note that bus stop assignments cannot be customized to meet every individual need and still be part of an efficient and economical transportation system. 

    The District cannot consider factors that are associated with individual family or parental situations.  Such concerns are expected to be resolved by the family, parent, or guardian, not the School District.  Examples: 

    • Parent not being able to see child walking to bus stop and/or waiting at bus stop. Note: It is the responsibility of the parent to walk the child to and from the stop if this is a concern.  We require a parent or guardian to be at the bus stop for all children in grade levels K-2.   
    • Neighborhood feuds or conflicts with nearby residents. 
    • Change in parent’s work schedule 
    • Parent not able to walk to bus stop with child because of other obligations 

    The granting of special transportation services is based on the disability or physical handicap of the child transported as required by the Pennsylvania Regulations at 22 Pa. Code 15.6 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

    The School District shall not grant special transportation services to accommodate the disabilities or other circumstances concerning caregivers, siblings or other individuals.  The transportation services include, but are not limited to, changing bus stop locations and changing walking distances. 

    If you feel you have a request for change that is not already identified above, please contact the transportation office. 

    A student may be transported to and from a daycare center/baby-sitter, rather than his/her own residence.   However, the student’s daycare provider must reside within the district.  The daycare provider must reside on an existing route, since no new stops will be established.  If the route that your babysitter resides on is at capacity with children that are assigned to that route, the transportation department has the right to deny your request or can pull your child from the route at any time, with timely notification to the parent or guardian.  Children that live where the bus is transporting to or from have first rights to a seat. 

    Arrangements for stops at a daycare provider location should be the same Monday through Friday to avoid confusion at the school or for the child.  If you need to make different arrangements, only two (2) schedules will be accepted by the school and transportation.  Consistent changes to your children’s transportation schedule will not be permitted, too many schedules can cause confusion for everyone involved. 

    If your child does not arrive home after school as expected, we urge parents/guardians to take the following steps: 

    *call your child’s school if within ½ hour of student dismissal 

    *contact the transportation office at the number below: 

    412-221-4542 Ext. 452# or cell 412-780-6567 

    We understand that this situation can cause undue stress and worry, but we encourage parents to proceed calmly and rationally as nearly all children are located at friends’ homes or taking part in after school activities.  It is suggested that parents/guardians converse with their children daily about their plans for practices, visits, and other activities to ensure each student arrives home safely each day. 

    For items left on the bus, we do not have a lost and found.  Objects found on the bus are kept by the drivers in the front of the bus to return to student the next day.  If you need to have the item the same night then you will have to come to the location of the buses in the lot at the garage please call the above number. 

    Stop times are approximate at the beginning of the year.  We advise all families to have their children at the stop a minimum of five minutes before the scheduled pick up time.  Unforeseen circumstances can delay the bus, and possibly even cause the bus to be earlier than anticipated, some examples include construction or traffic, or lack of construction or traffic.   

    Bus Drivers 

    All school bus drivers in Pennsylvania must be certified and hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  To become certified as a school bus driver, an individual must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, pass a physical examination, attend at least fourteen (14) hours of classroom instructions, receive a minimum of six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training, and pass a series of school bus driver’s tests administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  South Fayette drivers undergo much more training than what is required by law. 

    To maintain certification a bus driver must pass an annual physical examination and every four (4) years, must attend seven (7) hours of classroom instructions, receive three (3) hours of behind-the-wheel refresher training and retake a school bus driver’s test.  Bus drivers are also subject to all background checks that are completed on school staff, plus a background check on their driving record.  All drivers are also subject to random drug and alcohol tests throughout the year.  Copies of yearly records of renewal of their School Bus endorsement, physical card and CDL License for each driver are kept on file in the transportation office. 

    School Buses 

    Today’s school bus is designed to strict federal and state regulations in order to provide the safest form of transportation in the United States.  Every year each school bus used in transporting school students is subject to two (2) official PA State Inspections.  In addition, the Pennsylvania State Police conduct one scheduled inspection of all buses each year, the Pennsylvania Police also perform spot checks throughout the year.  Also, each driver is required to visually inspect his/her bus and to complete a safety check prior to the start of each trip. 

    FAQ 

    When I register my child at school, do I need to contact the transportation office to set up busing? 

    No, the school will provide our office with the needed information, for both Public and Non-Public Schools. 

    My Family moved during the school year.  Who do I call with the new information? 

    Contact your school, they need to keep student records up to date, the school will send your new address to each department that needs to be updated. 

    If I have a complaint about a bus driver, who do I call? 

    You can contact the transportation office phone numbers and emails are provided on the transportation home page.  Normally a problem is taken care of immediately and does not happen again.  If not, please feel free to contact the transportation office again or the Principal of your school. 

    If I have a complaint about a bus stop, whom do I call? 

    The transportation office to change a stop via phone or email, any other concerns please contact your school principal. 

    How far may a child be asked to walk to a school bus stop? 

    The law allows a school district to ask a child regardless of age, to walk up to a mile and a half to a bus stop.  The mile and a half is measured by public roads and does not include any private lane or walkway of the child’s residence.  Most districts reduce the walking distance, South Fayette tries to keep it to a third of a mile if possible. 

    May a school district suspend busing services for a child? 

    Yes, Transportation is a privilege, not a right.  School Administrators do have the right to suspend a child from use of the school bus for inappropriate behavior. 

    If I need to change my child’s stop for a day, who do I contact? 

    A note must be sent in with the child or an email to the office and teacher copied to the transportation department, depending on the number of students assigned to the bus will determine if it will be allowed, we ask that these requests be kept to a minimum and not be for play dates and such but for reasons of babysitting or emergencies. 

    If you have the need to contact someone after normal school hours the transportation director’s cell number is: 412-780-6567 

    A roster is maintained on all buses and a seating chart  

    This is done for the safety of all students and the ability to know who is on the bus in case of an emergency or accident.  If a request needs to be made to move a student’s assigned seat, we ask that you make your request through the principal’s office of your student’s school. 

    In grade levels K-5, all children are seated according to grade level, with kindergarten students in the front and 5th grade in the back.  Requests to have your 5th grade child sit with your 1st grade child will not be granted. 

    Every parent and student is asked to know the following Bus Rules for riding a South Fayette Bus, we operate under the Dignity and Respect Program at all times: 

    • No throwing objects in or out of the bus 
    • No fighting, pushing, or shoving on the bus 
    • No smoking or use of tobacco on the bus 
    • No defacing or destroying school property, you will be responsible for costs if damage occurs. (Seats, lighting, windows, etc) 
    • No loud talking, screaming, obscene language, or gestures on the bus
    • No extending of any body part outside of the bus 
    • Do not distract the bus driver in any unnecessary way 
    • No food or beverages permitted on the bus, this includes snacks and breakfast
    • Stay in your assigned seat with your feet on the floor in front of you
    • Keep the aisle clear
    • Keep your hands and feet to yourself, there are cameras on every school bus that are watching every time you ride

    For information regarding the transporting of students in the district, please contact: 

    Brandon Soubie, Director of Transportation 

    bdsoubie@southfayette.org 412-221-4542, ext. 452# 

     

    Cindy Lamberti, Assistant to the Director of Transportation

    clamberti@southfayette.org 412-221-4542, ext. 417# 

     

    Bus Garage/Mechanics 

    412-221-4542, ext. 460#

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