Riding the Bus

Washington State school buses provide over 700,000 student trips per day and travel over 100 million miles per year. Student transportation has the best safety record for any of the ground-based passenger transportation methods. Wenatchee School District takes great pride in providing the safest form of transportation and service to our community’s children.

Arrive at bus stops: Please have students to the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time. Routes and times are subject to change as bus loads and service area may need adjusting once school has started to balance bus loads. Special needs: Special needs students must pre-register with the special needs department prior to riding the buses. Many specific rules and policies govern the ridership on our special needs buses. Parents will be notified of these regulations once registered.

Basic Ed Students: Students do not need to preregister, but they must use the assigned school bus stop closest to their residence. A list of all students and their contact information will be compiled in the fall of students riding on each of the buses.

Kindergartners and Preschoolers: New this year, Transportation Release forms are required. Students must be met at their bus stop by an adult or responsible sibling which will need to be listed on the release form, or they will be returned back to the school. The forms will be available at the schools and from the bus drivers.

Scheduled Buses: Know the ROUTE number of your child’s bus and the name of the driver. The ROUTE number will be displayed on the side of each bus. Be aware that children may ride buses with different ROUTE numbers in the morning and afternoon. The location of their bus stops in the morning and the afternoon also may be slightly different, so check the schedules to be sure you know where your children are picked up and dropped off.

Bus Passes: Students (all ages) are only dropped off at their regularly assigned bus stops. They must have a parent note to obtain a bus pass to get off at a different stop location. Each school office will write the pass allowing your child to get off at a different stop. Remind your student to arrange for the pass with the school office BEFORE the end of the day. Prohibited items: State law prohibits certain items on school buses, including all forms of animal life (except Seeing Eye dogs), firearms, weapons, breakable containers (glass) latex balloons, flammables, perfumes and aerosol cans. Long boards are NOT permitted on school buses. Skateboards and scooters MUST be completely secured and encased in a backpack. Key chains attached to backpacks and clothing pose a real safety concern, as they can become tangled in the handrails or step-well area of the bus, causing students to trip. Backpacks and musical instruments should be small carry-on types that can sit on the child’s lap or between their legs on the floor. While loading/unloading the buses any bluetooth, head phones or ear pieces that could obstruct hearing are prohibited.

Lost items: If something is left behind, drivers normally keep it on the bus so they can return it the next day. You are welcome to call the Transportation office (662-6168) to help locate the lost article or search the lost and found.

Bus Stop Laws: Stop for flashing RED. School buses soon will be on the road again, and the WSD Transportation Department reminds all motorists to follow school bus safety procedures: Motorists must stop when a bus displays its flashing red lights and a stop paddle. When the overhead lights on a bus flash amber, it means the bus is preparing to stop. Motorists should use caution, but do not have to stop until they see the red lights and stop paddle. Use extreme caution around school buses. Students are instructed to always look at the bus driver and wait for the signal to cross before they enter the street, but small children have trouble determining the speed or distance of a moving vehicle and may suddenly dart into traffic. Please drive with care around children and expect the unexpected. Student transportation has the best safety record for any of the ground-based passenger transportation methods. Wenatchee School District takes great pride in providing the safest form of transportation and service to our community’s children.