Frequently Asked Question
How is my student assigned to a bus stop?
Our computer system assigns students to the closest bus stop. (Click on “Find Your Bus Stop” on the Transportation Department page of the WVSD website.)
The bus passes my house, why can’t it stop and pick up my child?
Our school buses pass by many students’ homes on their way to school or other stops. A bus can only make so many stops on a route and still get to school on time.
Will the bus routes and schedules stay the same throughout the year and year to year?
Basic education bus routes will be similar year after year; however, we do make revisions throughout the year if necessary. When changes are made to a route that affects stop times, we will notify the school, parents/guardians and/or students. Parents/guardians can also be electronically notified when a change is made to their student’s route by registering their email addresses through the “Find Your Bus Stop” link on the Transportation Department page of the WVSD website.
Can my Kindergarten or West Valley Early Learning Center student ride the bus?
Yes, in most cases. The school secretary can review the eligibility criteria and inform the parent/guardian whether the student is eligible. The school will notify the transportation office to add the child to the route. Kindergarten/WV Early Learning Center students MUST be met at the bus stop by a responsible person, as designated by the parent/guardian. If you want your child released to someone other than parent/guardian, we must have written authorization on file; your child’s safety is our utmost concern. If your child is a special needs student, please contact the child's special needs teacher or District Special Services at (509) 927-1138 to begin the process for transportation services.
How do I get my child to school if he/she can't ride the school bus?
How do I go about getting my child on the school bus?
Check out “Find Your Bus Stop” on the Transportation Department web page. If you cannot find a bus stop, contact the secretary at the school and let them know that you would like to request transportation. If your child is a special needs student, please contact your child's special needs teacher or case worker to begin the process for transportation services.
What if I want my child to get off at a stop other than his/her assigned stop?
How do I request that a school bus stop be added or changed? Please complete the online form located on the WVSD Transportation website or access the link by clicking HERE. Each request is evaluated before the decision is made to add or change a stop. Once a stop change is approved, it may take up to two weeks to have it implemented because other riders need to be notified of the change and buses may need to be rerouted.
There is no room for my child at the designated school in our area so my child has been assigned to another school. Will you provide transportation to and from the school to which he/she has been assigned? Yes, the school secretary will notify the transportation office and you will be notified of the arrangements made within three to five working days.
Is transportation to and from school provided to students in alternative high school programs?
West Valley has two alternative high school programs:
What is an undeliverable student? An undeliverable student is a West Valley Early Learning Center, Kindergarten or Special Education student not met at the bus stop by a designated party. This can also be a student who tells the driver he/she feels unsafe to get off the bus.
What happens to undeliverable students?
For mid-day West Valley Early Learning Center/Kindergarten students:
For end-of-school-day students:
The child will remain on the bus until the completion of the route and will be brought back to the transportation office at 7205 E. Mission (adjacent to Seth Woodard School)
If the student is not picked up from the transportation office by 4:30 p.m., local law enforcement or Child Protective Services will be notified.
Can a student be suspended from bus service for not following the driver’s directions?
Students may be suspended from bus service depending on their level of progressive discipline or if their actions violate their safety or the safety of the other students on board. For detailed information, visit the Transportation Department page of the WVSD website and click on “Student Conduct on Buses”.
When do I have to stop for a bus that has its red lights flashing?
You must stop for a bus that has its red lights flashing when:
I have a special needs child. How do I arrange for transportation services? Please contact your child's special needs teacher or District Special Services at (509) 927-1138 to begin the process for transportation services.
If I have two students attending the same school and one student receives special needs transportation, can my other student ride the same bus?
Requests are handled on a case-by-case and space-available basis.
Who do I contact if my student has extenuating health circumstances and requires special needs transportation?
Contact District Special Services at (509) 927-1138 for assistance in determining if your student meets the necessary criteria for special services transportation