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Career of the Month:  Healthcare, EMS & Biotechnology "Prospective Student" Open House * November 8 * 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students in Southdale Elementary's KIDS Club enjoy the warm Fall weather! September is School Attendance Awareness Month Kettering Board of Education Offices at the Barnes Building The Firebirds Opened the 2017 Football Season with the Traditional Fairmont vs. Alter Game We are the FIREBIRDS! The 2017-18 Marching Firebirds are 271-Musicians Strong! CJ Roden, Oakview Elementary School's Music Teacher Students at Indian Riffle Elementary Brought Famous Artists and Musicians to Life with their 'Living Mural' Project A Kettering Teacher Works One-on-One with her Student Turf Field at Roush Stadium, Home of the Firebirds Kettering Bus Drivers Log more than 600,000 Route Miles a Year Kettering has Once Again Been Named a 'Best Communities for Music Education' Fairmont Park, home of Firebird Soccer, Field Hockey and Lacrosse Indian Riffle's Firebird Chorus Sings "God Bless America" at the Dedication of the Veteran's and Inventors Walk at Delco Park

Transportation

District School Bus
Todd Silverthorn
Director of Transportation

Eligibility
Bus Safety
Bus Route and Schedules
Student Rules
Suggestions for Parents
Change of Address
Transportation for Child Care
Stop Change Request
Bus Route Information  NEW LINK

High School Opt-In Letter

To access the new Bus Route Information System:
 

(1)  Enter your child(ren)'s USERNAME (his/her student ID number.)
(2)  Enter your child's 8-DIGIT BIRTH DATE,
     
 (no dashes or slashes -- 00000000.)
(3)  Select STUDENTS from the bar at the top of the page.
(4)  Click on VIEW MY STUDENTS.
(5)  Click on the student's NAME to access bus information.

Please note:

*  Pick-up and drop-off times are estimates and may change throughout the school year.

*  Please have your child(ren) at their bus stop five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.

If you have transportation questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 499-1770.

 



Eligibility


Students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, who live in Kettering, attend a public or private school that is accredited by the State of Ohio and reside more than one mile from that school may be eligible to be transported by the district’s Transportation Department. If you have questions as to whether your child is eligible for transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at 499-1770.

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Bus Safety

WHEN TO STOP * DANGER ZONES * DESIGNATED PLACE OF SAFETY

Bus safety is a priority of every employee of the Kettering Transportation Department. Working closely with staff members in the City of Kettering’s Safety Department, Kettering Transportation employees conduct bus safety classes for all children, pre-kindergarten through the third grade.

The department also depends on the parents and guardians of students in the district to reinforce bus safety guidelines and review pedestrian safety procedures with their children and to emphasize the importance of paying attention to the rules that each bus driver provides to all riders at the beginning of the school year.

Bus drivers complete an intensive training program and must pass the driving and written tests required by both federal and state law to secure a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Passenger and School Bus endorsements. They undergo a pre-employment drug screen and physical examination. They have an annual physical to assure they continue to meet all the state physical requirements and are subject to random drug testing. Additionally, bus drivers must meet mandatory annual in-service training requirements with complete recertification required every 6 years. Bus drivers merit the respect due all school personnel.

The Kettering Transportation Department is proud of the fact that it has received perfect “Excellent” ratings for bus safety for 21 years in a row. Each year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol does a rigorous inspection of school buses to determine that they adhere to established safety regulations and award an “Excellent” rating only to those districts that pass every aspect of these inspections. The OSHP also conducts random safety checks throughout the year.
 
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Bus Routes and Schedules

Bus routes are set by the Transportation Supervisor and are designed with safety being the top priority and efficiency being an important consideration.

Bus information is available online, using the link on the Transportation Department page. Check the top of the page for the link at "Bus Route Information NEW LINK."
 
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Student Rules

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure that everyone has a safe ride. The rules are founded on the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code to provide maximum safety. Your child will be provided with a copy of the student rules at the beginning of the school year. You may also access them from this web site at Student rules. Please review them with your child before filling in, signing and returning the lower portion of the page.

Please be aware that students are not allowed to bring friends with them on the bus. Only those students assigned to that bus are permitted to ride. If your child wants to have a friend come home with him/her or stay overnight, you must makeother arrangements for other transportation.

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Suggestions for Parents

Review the bus safety rules with your child and stress the importance of observing them.

Remind your child that student behavior on school buses is considered an extension of classroom behavior. The bus driver merits the courtesy and respect due all school personnel.

Make sure your child is at the stop 5 minutes early. This is for your child’s safety and the early arrival is required by law. Haste increases the chance of accident.

Periodically remind your child of the importance of mannerly and orderly behavior at the bus stop. Occasionally check on students at the bus stop.

Accompany very young children to the bus stop and meet them on their return from school.

Make sure your child uses only the assigned bus and bus stop.

Only authorized personnel are allowed on board a school bus. “Authorized personnel” is defined by state law as eligible pupils, transportation department employees and approved school personnel. Parents and other family members may not be on the bus unless authorized as chaperones.
 
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Change of Address

When you have a change of address make sure to notify the Transportation Department at 499-1770, as well as the school your child attends. This assures there will be no interruption in your child’s bus service. Three days advance notice is usually sufficient.

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Transportation for Child Care

Transportation to child care may be provided in certain circumstances governed by Kettering Board of Education Policy. If your child needs transportation to a location other than your home for the purpose of child care, you must fill out the appropriate form. The specific provisions and limitations of this service are listed on the Transportation for Child Care form.
 

Please be aware that students are not allowed to bring friends with them on the bus. Only those students assigned to that bus are permitted to ride. If your child wants to have a friend come home with him/her or stay overnight, you must make other arrangements for transportation.

In a family crisis or emergency, an exception may be made in a student’s transportation. If such a situation arises, the parent or guardian must contact Transportation at 499-1770. Notes turned in to the school or bus driver are not acceptable.
 
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Stop Change Requests

Bus stop locations are selected for safety and operational efficiency. There are over 1400 bus stops located throughout Kettering offering most students a location much closer to their homes than the half mile mandated by the state of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Education has compiled a list of frequently asked questions that you may access by clicking on this link.

A Stop Change Request Form may be downloaded and mailed to the Transportation Department for consideration. The Transportation Department is located at 2640 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, 45419. Requests received at the beginning of the school year will take 3 to 4 weeks to be processed. You will be notified by phone of the decision.


If you have any questions about bus transportation in the Kettering Schools, please call the Transportation Department at 499-1770 or the Community Relations Office at 499-1458.

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TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

The Transportation Department of the Kettering City Schools is responsible for transporting nearly 5,500 students to and from school every day of the school year. This includes students who attend Kettering’s 12 public schools, as well as students living within the Kettering city limits who attend approximately 29 parochial, private, charter and other non-public schools within the city and beyond its boundaries.

 

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