Student Transportation

The Student Transportation Office (STO) is dedicated to providing the community with safe school bus transportation services that are timely and comfortable. There is at least one STO at every DoDEA Pacific school complex. Each STO is staffed by highly trained and capable transportation specialists to manage the complex’s student transportation operation. We strive for continuous process improvement in all areas of our operation. If you need to register your children for daily commute bus service, have a bus transportation concern or question, please contact your school's STO. 

Registering for School Bus Pass

After registering at the school, contact the Student Transportation Office by email at JapanTransportationSasebo@DODEA.EDU to complete the school bus registration form and process. 

Be sure to include the following in your email message:

  1. Complete Physical Address
  2. Child’s Name
  3. Grade
  4. School attending
  5. Separately attached digital photo of your child (No hats / sunglasses)

We will reply with maps, photos, pick-up and drop-off times and any other information that you may need. Quick and easy!

If using iPhone - Start with pic to send, select upload (bottom left), then select mail, include child’s name in message.  Please send the picture to

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. 

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.

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 student transportation office.

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.

Non-federally connected, space-available, tuition-paying students may be permitted to utilize school bus commuting services on a space-available basis. 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. If a family accepts housing outside of the approved commuting zone for a school then the parents relinquish their student(s)' space required eligibility for bus transportation.

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

Lost Items

If your child leaves something on the bus please call your local STO. All buses are checked for items left by the students after each trip. Items not claimed in a reasonable amount of time will be appropriately disposed.

Please go to your local STO to replace a lost school bus pass.

Pacific Region Student Transportation

Your Local School Transportation Office:

Darby ES, E.J. King HS, PAC-East, Sasebo ES

Sasebo Complex - STO

Transportation
Mon-Fri 0800 -1500

Schools Supported: Darby ES, EJ King HS, Sasebo ES

Phone: 0956-60-8921
DSN Phone: 252-8921

Behavior on DoDEA Buses:

  • Comply with the Behavior Standards for School Bus Students
  • Board and exit the bus in an orderly, safe manner
  • Present bus pass when boarding the bus and upon demand
  • Remain seated while on the bus
  • Talk with other passengers in a normal voice
  • Keep all parts of the body inside the bus windows
  • Keep aisles, steps, and empty seats free from obstruction
  • Remain fully and properly clothed
  • Treat the driver and fellow students with respect
  • Promptly comply with the bus driver's or monitor's instructions
  • Treat the bus and other private property with care
  • Make excessive noise or play electronic equipment without earphones
  • Use or possess unacceptable items identified in the school Code of Conduct
  • Tamper with bus controls or emergency equipment
  • Get on or off the bus while the bus is in motion
  • Fight, push, shove, or trip other passengers
  • Put objects out of bus windows or hang out of windows
  • Engage in horseplay
  • Obstruct aisles, steps, or seats
  • Engage in public displays of affection
  • Eat, drink, or litter on the bus
  • Push while boarding or exiting the bus
  • Spit
  • Harass or interfere with other students
  • Disrespect, distract, or interfere with bus driver
  • Damage private property
  • Sit in the bus driver's seat
  • Open or try to open bus door
  • Throw or shoot objects inside or out of bus
  • Use profane or abusive language, or make obscene gestures