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Transportation Department

From the Director

Welcome! The Escambia County School District Transportation Department transports some 24,000 students over more than 30,000 miles of roadway on board 300 school buses each and every school day. It is one of the largest student transportation operations in the United States. The responsibility that guides that effort is immense, but our staff of 480 employees will not budge an inch without an abiding commitment to do it safely, dependably, and efficiently. That is our commitment to the students we transport and their parents, the public, and our schools.

 

Rob Doss

Director of Transportation

FIND YOUR CHILD'S BUS STOP

The Bus Stop Locator Tool is now available by clicking HERE. Please be mindful that there will still be changes as we adjust routes and rosters to account for unexpected student riders.

Please note that since the Bus Stop Locator Tool logic is built on geographical references, it refers only to bus stop locations and times for students who reside in their school's attendance zone. Therefore, it does not pertain to students who attend school on a school choice approval or other students who attend school "out of zone" or "out of district."

IMPORTANT! 2018-19 Transportation Accommodation Requests

In January of each school year, the Transportation Department begins accepting requests for transportation accommodation. At the beginning of March each school year, school bus operators give students currently receiving special transportation accommodations pre-populated requests for transportation accommodation for the following school year.

 

The Escambia County School District is one of the few its size in the State of Florida to permit special transportation accommodations to the extent that it does.  In authorizing these courtesy exceptions, however, the District is adamant about ensuring its parameters do not permit the accounting for students to be compromised.  The District transports 24,000 students on board 300 school buses twice each day, so keeping track of “special cases” requires careful planning and coordination.  In ANY case where a complete and accurate accounting for students is in doubt, the accommodation will not be approved.

 

A. Parents/guardians may request courtesy bus transportation on board an alternate bus or to an alternate bus stop by submitting Form 6.19 (Request for Alternate Bus/Bus Stop Service). Generally, these requests relate to after-school childcare needs. The request will be approved if there is space available on the bus. Only requests submitted by July 1 will be considered for approval in time for the start of the school year. Requests must be submitted each year. Additional conditions governing this service are articulated in School Board Rules 6.04(3), (4), and (5).

 

B. Parents/guardians of students who attend a school of choice or magnet school are responsible for providing transportation for their children to and from school. They are advised not to accept transfers to these schools unless they have a plan for transporting their children to and from school every day. Limited courtesy transportation service may be available on a first-come/first-served space available basis. Parents/guardians may request courtesy bus transportation by submitting Form 6.11 (Request for School Choice Transportation Service) or Form 6.18 (Request for Magnet School Transportation Service). Only requests submitted by July 1 will be considered for approval in time for the start of the school year. Requests must be submitted each year. Additional conditions governing this service are articulated in School Board Rules 6.04(6) and (7).

 

Other request forms may be found on the "Parent Resources" page.

ALWAYS HIRING!

The Escambia County School District is seeking professionally-minded individuals to transport students to and from school. Applicants must be determined to make a positive difference in the lives of students and they must be committed to safety and excellence. We will train qualified applicants. Apply now by calling (850) 469-5328 or apply in person at 100 E. Texar Drive, Pensacola.

BUCKLE UP in Your School Bus

Parents, please remind your children who ride the bus to buckle their seat belts on the bus and leave them buckled for the entire bus ride.  The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road, but in in the event of a rollover, students who are not buckled in their seatbelts are vulnerable to injury.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

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ATTENTION PARENTS!

Please remember that unless your student's address information is current and accurate in the District's database, we cannot ensure he or she is scheduled for transportation on the right bus to the right location. Please get to your child's school IMMEDIATELY after changing your address or contact information. That information not only improves the safety of the transportation evolution, it also helps ensure your child receives the appropriate student services and that the District can reach you in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions about this or about any other student transportation matter, please drop us a line.  For your convenience, we've provided webforms on our website that will be directed to a staff member who will quickly respond to your question or concern.

Escambia School Bus Safety
Featured in National Publication

 

The August 2015 edition of School Bus Fleet magazine includes an article entitled "6 Ways to Instill Safety Culture Among Drivers" in which one of the reasons for the Escambia County School District's school bus safety success is discussed.

The article focuses on the importance of a solid safety culture in organizations, but everyone knows success relies on the extent to which professionals within the organization embrace that culture. It's important to remember that organizations generally succeed because of what they do; forward-thinking organizations, however, also recognize that they sometimes succeed in spite of their mistakes. Honest recognition of those shortcomings is the only way to keep the success coming.


To read the article, click HERE.

DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

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Main Switchboard
Transportation Office - (850) 469-5591
M - F 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mailing Address
Transportation Department
The School District of Escambia County
100 East Texar Drive
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PASSING SCHOOL BUSES

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