Logistics Division: Support Service Branch: Student Transportation
The sole purpose of our mission is ensuring that our most precious assets, our students are safely transported to and from school. As such, the Student Transportation Program is designed to provide on a daily basis throughout the school year, quality, secure and safe transportation service to over 82,000 DoD dependent students attending 191 DoDEA operated schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico. This program is also geared toward handling students with disabilities and unique needs in ensuring they receive appropriate transportation service.
Among our responsibilities are:
- Develops, implements, and monitors program compliance;
- Reviews and validates program and budget requirements;
- Serves as liaison between DoDEA, DoD agencies and the military services for resolution of transportation issues;
- Member of the DoD Fleet Manager's Group which develops transportation policy throughout DoD;
- Review and analyze current Federal, State and Host Nation regulations in order to recommend any needed changes and develop new regulatory initiatives concerning DoDEA Student and Material Transportation Program;
- Responsible for all matters pertaining to the DoDEA Student and Material Transportation Program; and
- Serve as DoDEA's Subject Matter Expert for Traffic Management issues.
A great deal of planning and coordination is involved in operating DoDEA's worldwide student transportation system. More than 50,000 DoDEA students are registered bus riders. These students travel nearly 56,000 miles every day on 1,500 separate routes. DoDEA also provides transportation support for students traveling to and from curricular and co-curricular activities, after-school activities and clubs, sports practices and events, and other special school events. DoDEA provides special needs students with dedicated transportation services that are supported with trained safety aides on board every school transportation vehicle.
Students are eligible for DoDEA Americas school bus transportation if they meet the following criteria:
- Student must live on the base, except in Puerto Rico.
- Student must be an authorized dependent enrolled in a DoDEA Americas school.
- Student lives outside the walking distance.
- Student lives within the commuting radius.
The distance a student may be required to walk between the student's primary residence and the school or designated bus stop should not exceed the state guidelines for the individual state in which the military installation is located.
A specific geographic area established by the school and military facility for determining eligibility for school bus transportation service to a school. The commuting area is outside the walking area and based on availability of housing and travel time for a bus to the school (should not exceed one hour).
This service is provided in full compliance with local, state, and national safety requirements. Contact your school district for school bus route information.
Special needs students may receive special transportation based on the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). The IEP assessment process determines the related services a special needs student may require to access an appropriate education.
Note: Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from the school or school bus stop in a safe manner.