From the Director
Welcome! The Escambia County School District Transportation Department transports some 24,000 students over more than 33,000 miles of roadway on board 330 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.
Director of Transportation
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
School for 40,000 Escambia County students is in session. With the start of the new school year comes a dramatic increase in traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes. ...more
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
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 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.
Everything you need to know to register your eligible child for school bus transportation is contained on this website. Follow the links on our site to determine your child's eligibility, registration requirements, rules and parameters, and special requests. We'll be happy to see how we can help you.
If you have changed your address and/or other contact information, please provide the updated information to your school's front office immediately so they can update the District's student information system. Your child's transportation eligibility and services are derived from the information contained in your child's student record. Please assist us in ensuring our records are updated as soon as that information changes.
2016-17 School Choice Transportation Renewals
The Transportation Department will send School Choice Transportation requests home with Choice with Transportation students already receiving transportation in February 2016. Requests that are received by March 31, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Others will be considered as bus rosters solidify, possibly not until after the start of the 2016-17 school year. Download an Elementary School Choice Transportation Request HERE.
2016-17 Transportation Accommodation Requests
The Transportation Department will make phone calls to the parents of our bus riders to invite them to submit Requests for Transportation Accommodation for the 2016-17 school year (download HERE) beginning in January 2016. Those who submitted their requests by Friday, April 22, 2016 will be considered in initial school bus routing, a process that began later that month. Requests must be submitted each school year so transportation planners can accurately assess available seat space for new eligible riders and new space available transportation requests.
We will approve requests to the maximum extent possible, but as it is space available seating, absolute first priority will go to students who reside in the school's attendance zone. In some instances where bus rosters are unstable, we'll need to wait to approve requests until we know how the rosters actually look. Again, we'll do all we can to approve as many as we can as early as we can.
Successful pre-registration for transportation services like this has proven to be a huge load off the minds of parents and schools during the hectic early days of the school year.