The DoDDS Student Transportation Office (STO) provides school bus transportation for students who live within the established commuting area. If you have any questions about buses (how to register your child for bus transportation, bus schedules and routes, lost items), telephone the STO office. Traffic, road conditions, and weather are only a few reasons why it is difficult for buses to comply with the exact bus schedule. Because of this, it is required that students be at the designated bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to, and following the scheduled time. Handbooks describing the school bus program are available from the STO office. Sponsors are ultimately responsible for their children's behavior on the bus. The entitlement can be revoked or suspended if discipline problems persist. Please do not request bus changes unless for extended TDY of the sponsor, an emergency, or a one-time request. The school district, rather than the military community, is in charge of school buses. The local school bus office coordinates the buses and implements the school bus rules. Transportation to and from school is a privilege…. not a right. Students will be removed from the bus for not following the rules.
1. Parents must register their student(s) for bus transportation at the annual school registration or at the school bus office. It is encouraged but not required that the student accompany the parent for registration. If the student does not come along with the parent, the parent should be ready to provide a current picture to be photographed for the bus pass.
2. Every bus rider is issued a BUS PASS. The bus pass is the "ticket to ride" the assigned bus. Without this ticket, the students will be reported for "Failing to have a bus pass". The student will then be identified as an authorized bus rider and will be allowed to board the bus. On the second offense the student will lose riding privileges for one day, third offense - two days, fourth offense - three days, etc. The sponsor will be contacted by phone and or by letter and the days of the suspension will be arranged ahead of time. Students will not be "stranded" because they forgot or lost their bus pass.
3. Notify the school bus office at least a week in advance if you change your home address, which will affect your child's school bus transportation. This includes when you move into or out of temporary lodging.
4, Temporary bus passes can be issued on a limited basis. Normally for purposes involving temporary lodging, emergency leave or TDY any of which can be renewed for up to 30 days at a time.
5. Parents and sponsors and family members are not authorized as government contracting representatives to instruct drivers how to perform services. Please do not ask drivers to drive around the block or change the location of the authorized bus stop. If a change needs to be made please get in contact with the school bus office.
Parents please teach your children never to go in front of or behind the school bus and to wait six feet back from the curb. In Europe, traffic does not stop for loading and unloading school busses. Your children are in harm's way when they stand on the edge of the curb or enter the street en rout to or from a school bus.
Appropriate student behavior on school buses is a shared responsibility among the students and parent/sponsors/guardians, DoDDS school administrators, and the school bus office staff.
From DoDEA Regulation 2015.1 (E8.A2):
Note: As of July 15, 2010, Students may drink water and eat snacks on any daily commute bus that travels one-way in excess of one hour between the first pickup and drop-off. However, littering on the bus is still prohibited, and students are required to take their litter off the school bus. Any student who litters on the bus shall be disciplined in accordance with this regulation.