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Rider and Parent Resources
The Boulder Valley School District proudly serves more than 10,000 students. Below are resources to support our riders and their parents.
A new system on our school buses tracks where and when students board and disembark from our buses!
This Handbook has been developed in order to improve communications between the school, parents, and the Transportation Department.
- Transporting Musical Instruments
- Space Available Busing
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- Transportation Procedures and Practices
BVSD Transportation loves the arts. Sometimes, however, transporting musical instruments (especially larger ones) along with our students can pose some challenges.
As a result, we limit the instruments allowed on the bus during regular routes to those listed below.
Any Instrument that can fit into a standard child’s backpack and not stick out, including:
- Alto Saxophones
- Mini Baritones
- Soprano Saxophones
- Tenor Saxophones
Not all BVSD buses have racks and not all of those racks are the same size. The following instruments are permitted, as long as they fit within the luggage rack, if applicable:
- 1/4 Cello
- 1/2 Cello
- 3/4 Cello
Instruments are prohibited if a student cannot hold securely on their lap without obstructing their face and upper torso, place them under the seat parallel with seat bottom, or in the luggage racks, including the following:
- Bass Clarinets
- French Horns
- Full Cellos
- Drivers are not allowed to store instruments under the bus in the compartments because this would leave the driver’s area unattended while loading occurs.
- Trips are exceptions because sponsors can provide student management or load instruments while someone attends the driver’s area.
- This list is for current school year but safe transportation is always under review.
Students who are not eligible to ride the bus under board policy EEA, may apply to ride if there is space available on a bus. Applications are received during the current school year beginning July 1st through June 30th. Applications for the next school year will not be accepted before July 1st of that school year. Notification will be made on or about Sept.15. This allows the department to stabilize eligible pupil loads on buses to establish how many seats may be available. Not all students requesting space may be accommodated and approval to ride may be revoked at any time due to changes in student populations or other factors.
The following procedures and practices were updated for 2018-19.
Primary places of care (student residence or child care location)
- A student will be transported from one primary place of care per segment of the day (AM, Midday, PM)
- Ex: Pick up at home in the AM, Drop off at Child care facility in the midday. NOT Pick up at home in the AM Tues/Wed, at child care Thurs/Fri
- This transportation is to be on a full week, 4 or 5 day schedule, depending on the program
- A student will be transported to or from a child care location as long as it is within the city of student residence or school of placement, not to exceed 5 miles of driving distance by bus. This will allow the necessary time to service the next school in the route segment. Exceptions can be brought to the preschool location committee via the preschool community liaison or a transportation supervisor/director.
- When there is a change in home address or childcare facility, please communicate with your preschool liaison. They will take the request to location committee for appropriate processing. Depending on the location of the new address, it may involve a re-location of school.
- Two changes for stop locations can be requested per year. Exceptions for reasonable cause (ex. Loss of job, divorce, new address) will be considered through a request to the transportation supervisor. Each additional change may take up to two weeks to process.
Walk boundaries-based on home address to school of attendance via the shortest walk path
- PK 1 mile walk boundary
- K-5 1.5 miles walk boundary
- Middle Level 2 miles walk boundary
- High School Level 2.5 miles walk boundary
Walk to stop distance via the shortest walk path (except mountain and rural areas)
- PK 4/10ths of a mile
- K-5 4/10ths of a mile.
- Middle Level 4/10ths of a mile
- High School ¾ of a mile
There is no space available available for preschool students unless they are a sibling of a transportation qualified preschool student.
- Space available forms can be found on the BVSD website, Transportation page. It must be submitted electronically and cannot be submitted before July 1.
Adult to student ratio for preschool students on the bus
- Follows preschool regulations, which is a 10-1 ratio
In order to provide safe transport of preschoolers:
- Bus services cannot begin without a photograph of the child in the possession of transportation
- Expect to be asked to show a photo ID at the stop when your preschool child is being dropped off to ensure the appropriate people are receiving the children
- A preschool child must be met by an adult individual, defined as 18 years of age and older
- The school and transportation need to have documentation in place for each individual receiving a preschool student, name and contact phone #. Please communicate with your preschool liaison to add any individuals to this list. The school will communicate with transportation.
Transportation strives to have a child with special needs on a bus within 3-5 business days after receipt of the transportation request. There are times of the year, due to the high volume of requests, it may take longer to have the student’s routing processed.
Student with dual residences
- IF the addresses of both parents are in the neighborhood school’s attendance boundary, transportation will provide service from both residences, according to the parenting schedule.
- If one parent resides outside of the neighborhood school’s attendance boundary, the primary address within the attendance boundary, listed in IC, will be the address used for transportation. As students with special needs are placed at schools according to their IEP program needs, rather than neighborhood schools, co-parenting situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with bus service determined by a transportation supervisor or director.
In education, there are many laws, rules and regulations that dictate the service that must be provided, but few of them offer directions or suggestions as to how the service is to be provided.
Transportation policies and procedures should be developed, adopted by the governing board or superintendent, as appropriate, and periodically updated to reflect changes in federal, state and local regulations. Despite such policies and procedures, an individual student’s IEP or Section 504 plan or a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) may override specific provisions. National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures.
Transportation, as a related service, should be established as the mutual responsibility of parents, transportation and service providers. It is to be provided based on the documented needs of the student.