Department of Defense Education Activity

Okinawa, South District Transportation


REGISTER FOR A BUS PASS
(Information for new families and families who have changed residences)

After registering at your zoned school, please contact the Student Transportation Office by Email to complete the school bus registration process AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Email: 

Include the following information in your email message:

  1. SPONSOR INFORMATION (full name, branch of service, rank, etc...)
  2. DEROS / RTD
  3. CELLPHONE / DUTY PHONE #’S
  4. HOME / WORK EMAIL ADDRESS(S)
  5. COMPLETE PHYSICAL ADDRESS
  6. STUDENT(S) NAME
  7. STUDENT(S) DATE OF BIRTH
  8. SCHOOL ATTENDING
  9. GRADE
  10. 4 DIGIT PIN # (only for Sure Start/PK/Kindergarten students.)
  11. DIGITAL HEAD-SHOT PHOTO OF STUDENT(S) (NO HATS, NO NOVELTY FILTERS.) ENSURE THE PHOTO IS AN ATTACHMENT & NOT EMBEDDED.

Our office will reply via email with maps, photos, pick-up and drop-off times once registered. The bus pass will be sent out with the bus for immediate use.

  • If your student(s) is attending the same school as last year and your physical address is unchanged, your child will ride the same bus with the same bus pass. Any changes to your student's routes will be sent to you via email.
  • Students moving from Kindergarten to 1st grade will receive white passes instead of yellow. The bus passes will be sent with the bus attendants.
  • Students moving from 2nd grade Bob Hope Primary School to 3rd grade Amelia Earhart Intermediate School will NOT require new bus passes as the same school bus is used for both schools.
  • Transitioning 5th to 6th grade students that were bus riders last year will be contacted by the S.T.O. via email over the summer with a new bus route, bus location, and bus times. If you don't hear from our office 2 weeks before school opens, send us an email ASAP with the subject line "M.S. TRANSITIONING STUDENT".
  • Transitioning 5th to 6th grade students who WALKED TO SCHOOL & NEVER USED BUS SERVICES IN OKINAWA, MUST REGISTER with us via email using the registration process on the left.
  • If your student(s) is attending the same school as last year and your physical address is unchanged, your child will ride the same bus with the same bus pass. Any changes to your student's routes will be sent to you via email.
  • Students who were bus riders last year and are moving from 8th grade Kadena Middle School to 9th grade Kadena High School will NOT require new bus passes as the same school bus is used for both schools.
  • New 6th grade students that were bus riders last year will be contacted by the S.T.O. via email over the summer with a new bus route, bus location, and bus times. If you don't hear from our office 2 weeks before school opens, send us an email ASAP with the subject line "M.S. TRANSITIONING STUDENT".
  • New 6th grade students who WALKED TO SCHOOL & NEVER USED BUS SERVICES IN OKINAWA, MUST REGISTER with us via email using the registration process on the left.
  • Transitioning 8th to 9th grade students that were bus riders last year will be contacted by the S.T.O. via email over the summer with a new bus route, bus location, and bus times. If you don't hear from our office 2 weeks before school opens, send us an email ASAP with the subject line "H.S. TRANSITIONING STUDENT".
  • Transitioning 8th to 9th grade students who WALKED TO SCHOOL & NEVER USED BUS SERVICES IN OKINAWA, MUST REGISTER with us via email using the registration process on the left.
  • If your student(s) is attending the same school as last year and your physical address is unchanged, your child will ride the same bus with the same bus pass. Any changes to your student's routes will be sent to you via email.
  • New 9th grade students that were bus riders last year will be contacted by the S.T.O. via email over the summer with a new bus route, bus location, and bus times. If you don't hear from
    our office 2 weeks before school opens, send us an email ASAP with the subject line "H.S. TRANSITIONING STUDENT".
  • New 9th grade students who WALKED TO SCHOOL & NEVER USED BUS SERVICES IN OKINAWA, MUST REGISTER with us via email using the registration process on the left.

Walking Distances

The walking distance for grades 6 and below will not normally exceed 1 mile from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. Students in grades 7-12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods. In locations, such as Okinawa, having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6-8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7-12.

Student Transportation / Daily Commutes

This is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, mid-day, and the return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day. Maps illustrating commuting zones are available at the base housing office and the STO office as well as a pdf copy on this page on the top right.

Only one trip to and from school per day is authorized for each student.

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.

Only students attending DoDEA schools, bus drivers, dispatchers, STO personnel, assigned safety/security attendants, community bus monitors, and security personnel assigned by the installation commander are authorized to ride daily commuting services. Additional authorized passengers are U.S. Military Police and host nation police while in the performance of their official duties, and persons authorized in writing by the DoDEA Principal or his or her designee, the contracting officer, or the STO.

Other Student Transportation Authorizations

Daily round trip transportation may be provided to students residing outside the commuting area but are transported at their own expense to an existing school bus stop within the commuting area.

Even though space-available service may be initially provided, it may be withdrawn at any time.

Off Base Transportation Availability

Transportation is available for many off base housing areas around installations with schools; however, before signing a lease for an off base house please check with the STO to ensure transportation is available in that area for the school you plan your child to attend.

A map and/or narrative description is used to identify the commuting area for each school is available at each STO.

Lost Items

The DoDEA Pacific South STO has the following procedures in place for handling, storing, and discarding items that are lost and found on the school bus:

Everyday items: The STO stores everyday items such as clothing, backpacks, books, and water bottles at its office throughout the week. Everyday items left on the school bus are returned to the school and placed in Lost and Found on a weekly basis.

High-value items: The STO stores high-value items, such as phones and cameras, in a locked and secured area at its office. After 1 week, unclaimed high-value items are turned over to Military Police.

Items Containing PII: Items containing Personally Identifiable Information, such as ID cards, will be stored in a secure location at the STO. STO employees will make three attempts to contact the owner’s parent/sponsor to return the item. If the item is not retrieved after 1 week, it is turned over to Military Police.

Pacific Region Student Transportation

Okinawa School Bus Zones

Pacific South

Okinawa (South District) STO

Transportation
M-F: 0730-1600

Phone: Cell: 098-970-7820 / 2036
DSN Phone: 645-7820 / 2036