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 51 school buses and vans. We operate 40 routes daily. Approximately 3,006 students are transported daily to our public schools. We transport over 165 students to 30 special, parochial and private schools within a ten (10) mile radius of the district’s borders on our own buses and vans plus contracting with a private carrier when necessary.
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 in the beginning of the school year, the response time may be greater due to the number of issues at the start of the school term.
Please remember the following law regarding stops and drivers:
School Bus Loading Zones
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 Request 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:
a. Parent not being able to see child walking to bus stop and/or waiting at bus stop
b. Neighborhood feuds or conflicts with nearby residents.
c. Change in parent’s work schedule
d. 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, then 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 stops will be established outside of the area for the Kindergarten mid-day routes.
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.
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. 8455# or Cell 412-848-3608
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.
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.
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. 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.
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, and periodically 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.
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 .3 tenths 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:
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.
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 on the bus
-No smoking or use of tobacco on the bus
-No lighting combustible objects on the bus
-No defacing or destroying school property (seats, lighting, windows, etc.)
-No using obscene language or gestures on the bus
-No extending of any part of the body out of the bus
-Do not district the bus driver’s attention in any unnecessary way
-No food or beverages permitted on the bus
For information regarding the transporting of students in the district please contact:
Donna Harshman, Director of Transportation firstname.lastname@example.org
412-221-4542, ext. 8455#
Cindy Lamberti, Assistant email@example.com
412-221-4542, ext. 8417#
Bus Garage/Mechanic Area
412-221-4542, ext. 8460#