FAQ to Transportation
Where is my bus stop?
To determine your bus stop, please contact your school or the Transportation office (479) 444-3095.
Who is eligible to ride the school bus?
Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperones, and law enforcement officers. Students must live in the Fayetteville School District to be eligible to ride the school bus. Out of district transfers must provide their own transportation.
Can I change my bus stop or have my child picked up at my door?
Door to door service will not be provided. Students are asked to walk to certain collection points to board the bus. Drivers are only allowed to make stops listed on their route sheets. It is very important for you not to make arrangements with drivers to have your child picked up or dropped off at an unauthorized bus stop. This could cause your child to miss the bus if there is a substitute driver.
How are bus routes established?
Buses shall not be routed down a street or highway that does not afford a satisfactory turnaround or is otherwise unsafe for bus travel. Buses are not to be routed on private property (this includes most mobile home parks and apartment complexes). The Director of Transportation may make an adjustment in bus stop locations, if warranted, to eliminate unsafe or hazardous conditions. School bus routes are established during the summer before school starts each year. Routes will be adjusted as needed after school begins to make the routes effective and efficient. Bus stops on the routes are not always the same as the previous year.
When should I have my child at the bus stop?
The parent is required to get the student to their assigned stop on time. Students should be prepared for the bus to arrive from 10 minutes earlier to 10 minutes later than scheduled. In case of severe weather, the district cannot guarantee that buses will run on schedule. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding when weather-related delays occur.
Who is responsible for my child’s safety at the bus stop?
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child at the bus stop. Please remind your child to stand on the sidewalk or the edge of the street by the curb, avoid standing on private property, be mindful of traffic, and never talk to anyone he or she does not know. Students and parents are asked to report any suspicious activity or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable to the Transportation office or the police, if necessary. Please accompany very young children to the bus stop and meet them on their return from school when possible. Your child’s safety is of paramount importance. Please keep in mind that parents are responsible for their safety to and from the bus stop.
What if my child has a problem on the bus?
If your child has a problem on the school bus, they should talk to the driver and explain what is going on. The driver will follow procedures to rectify the situation. If needed, the driver will turn in a conduct report concerning the incident, which the driver then gives to the Student Management Coordinator. After an investigation, a determination of the severity of the problem will be made and appropriate action taken. A pupil’s transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus. School transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules. These rules are found in the student handbook.