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FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF INFORMATION PERTAINING TO TRACY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE 2013-2014 BUS PASS PACKET AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
 
TRACY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT – 2013-2014 BUSING INFORMATION
 
 
BUS PASS PROCESSING HOURS (UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED)
 
Monday – Friday
 
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM  (Closed 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)         1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
(Scheduled Modifications to Above Hours)
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Friday July 5th 2013 (all day) for staff vacation.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday August 5th 2013 (all day) for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Tuesday August 6th 2013 (all day) for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday September 9th 2013 from 3:30pm-5:00p for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday November 4th 2013 from 3:30pm-5:00pm for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday January 6th 2014 from 3:30pm-5:00pm for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday March 3rd 2014 from 3:30pm-5:00pm for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
The Transportation Department Office will be CLOSED on Monday May 5th 2014 from 3:30pm-5:00pm for mandatory safety in-service training.
 
 
BUSING
 
School Bus Transportation is provided as a service, for a fee, in the Tracy Unified School District area and is provided from the nearest school bus stop (as determined by the School Board) to the student’s Home School based on the student’s home address (The address which is registered with the Home School).
 
School Bus Transportation is not fully funded by the State, requiring Tracy Unified School District to charge for busing in order to provide the service.  School Bus Transportation of students (with the exception of Special Needs Students) is not a requirement by law and is provided as a service to the families of Tracy Unified School District who are within the Board Approved Busing Areas. While our transportation services and bus stops are limited, we have attempted to provide the best services available within our limited resources.  It is ultimately the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their student(s) attend school (Section 48200 of the Education Code).
 
 
APPLYING FOR A BUS PASS
 
The 2013-2014 Bus Pass application, after completion by the student’s parent or legal guardian, can either be mailed with the appropriate payment (check or money order, please do not send cash through the mail), by fax if paying by Visa or MasterCard, or hand delivered to the Transportation Department Office for processing.  Unfortunately, we are unable to process applications or payment online or over the phone.  School Bus Drivers cannot accept applications and/or payment for new student bus passes.
Please be reminded that all students must be fully registered at their home school site prior to applying for a bus pass.  If your student is in need of transportation service beginning on the first day of the 2013-2014 school year, you must obtain their bus pass prior to that date.
 
If you are applying for free or reduced cost transportation, please make sure to bring a completed 2013-2014 Bus Pass Application, a completed 2013-2014 Application for Free or Reduced Cost Transportation, the 2012 IRS tax forms from all adult residents and/or contributors, and/or members of the household showing gross income and number of dependants, each adult’s most current pay check stub and/or current proof of income, and any/all other necessary documentation.  (See Application for Free or Reduced Cost Transportation for more information.)  Please be aware that free or reduced cost transportation applications can take up to ten (10) business days to be reviewed and fully processed, however, additional information and/or documentation may be required for completion which could extend the processing time.
 
 
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
 
The following students may be eligible for transportation:
 
Ø  Students who are attending their home school and are within the Board Approved School Busing boundaries (based on the home address registered at the home school), and;
 
Ø  Students who have the appropriate bus pass application on file and have a valid Bus Pass for the 2012-2013 school year.  Students must carry their valid bus pass at all times and present their valid bus pass to the driver each and every time they board their designated School Bus, and;
 
Ø  Special Education students with an IEP requiring transportation.
 
Please be reminded that students attending a TUSD school on an inter or intra district transfer are not eligible for transportation, as stated on the transfer form.
 
 
SERVICE
 
Tracy Unified School District provides transportation service for eligible students to the following District schools based on the board-approved boundaries:
Bohn Elementary School, Jacobson Elementary School, Kelly School, Kimball High School, Monte Vista Middle School, South / West Park Elementary School, Tracy High School, Villalovoz Elementary School, West High School, Williams Middle School
 
Tracy Unified School District does not provide transportation service (With the exception of Special Needs Students)
to the following District schools based on the board-approved boundaries:
Central Elementary School, Duncan Russell High School, Freiler Elementary School, Hirsch Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, North Elementary School, Poet Christian Elementary School, Stein High School, IGCG, Tracy Adult School
 
Due to limited resources we cannot provide transportation outside of the regular school bus schedule for students participating in sports, tutoring or other before or after-school activities.

***For Rally schedules, all students will be given the opportunity to attend, therefore buses will run on regular schedule.
 
 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
 
ANNUAL
1 Student
2 Students
3 or More Students
Round Trip (to school and home)
$360.00
$720.00
$900.00
One Way (to school only or to home only)
$180.00
$360.00
$450.00
 
 
 
 
SEMESTER
1 Student
2 Students
3 or More Students
Round Trip (to school and home)
$180.00
$360.00
$450.00
One Way (to school only or to home only)
$90.00
$180.00
$225.00
Applications and payment must be made to the Transportation Office by mail, by fax if paying by Visa or MasterCard, or in person.  School Bus Drivers cannot accept applications and/or payment for new student bus passes.  Unfortunately, we are unable to process applications or payment online or over the phone.
 
(A $2.50 convenience fee will apply with use of VISA or MasterCard).
 
BUS RIDING RULES                                                                        

 
1.            Always be on time to board the bus. NEVER run to or from the bus.

2.            Always stand back twelve (12) feet from the curb in a single file line.  DO NOT stand, sit, or play in the bus loading zone.  NEVER crawl under a school bus.  DO NOT touch the exterior of the bus.  DO NOT push or shove while at the bus stop, or while boarding or exiting the bus.  DO NOT touch anything within the driver compartment of the bus or emergency equipment.  When crossing the street, WAIT for the driver’s signal before crossing.  ALWAYS cross at least twelve (12) feet IN FRONT of the bus.
 
3.            Follow the driver’s instructions AT ALL TIMES.  Disrespectful behavior is NOT allowed.

4.            Items that are NOT allowed on the bus (include, but are not limited to): food, liquids, candy, gum, glass containers, perfume, cologne, hair spray, balloons, toys, skates, skateboards, scooters, bats, balls, electronic devices (including mp3 players, cell phones/bluetooth headsets, cd/dvd players, video games), pornographic material, hobbies and crafts, refreshments for parties, live or dead insects or animals, lighters, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, weapons, replica weapons, or materials of ANY kind that could cause harm to another student or distract the driver.  DRIVER MAY CONFISCATE ANY UNAUTHORIZED ITEM(S)!!  (Hiding/attempting to conceal any item will not be tolerated.)

5.            DO NOT stand or move while the bus is in motion.  Stay in your seat, feet on the floor, facing forward, and sitting upright.  Backpacks/book bags must be removed for the duration of the ride.  DO NOT move from seat to seat without permission from the driver.  DRIVER IS AUTHORIZED TO ASSIGN SEATS!!

6.            All riders MUST wear seatbelts at all times if the bus is so equipped.

7.            Keep all body parts INSIDE the bus at all times.  DO NOT expel any object(s) out of the windows or doors of the bus.  DO NOT throw any object(s) inside of the bus.  DO NOT throw any object(s) at a bus.

8.            DO NOT yell, shout, or cause distraction.  Profanity is NOT allowed.  Vulgar or gang related gestures/comments are NOT allowed.

9.            All riders MUST be silent at railroad crossings.

10.          DO NOT touch another person.  DO NOT fight.  NO teasing or horseplay.  Violence, harassment, threats and/or physical contact is NOT allowed.  Retaliation will NOT be tolerated.  (Physical contact could result in immediate suspension of bus riding privileges.)  Spreading bloodborne pathogens/bodily fluids may result in disciplinary action.

11.          DO NOT eat or drink (no food/drink allowed), spit, chew gum, or litter.  All trash is to be placed in designated waste containers.

12.          DO NOT deface the bus.  Pencils, pens, markers, sharpies, etc. must be kept inside student’s backpacks AT ALL TIMES.  PARENTS WILL BE CHARGED FOR DAMAGE!! (Failure to pay for damage may result in bus riding privilege suspension.)

13.          DO NOT block the aisle of the bus.  Due to limited storage space and the safety of ALL riders, ANY item larger than 14” x 20” may be refused by the driver.  All items must be kept inside rider’s backpack at all times.
 
14.          Each rider MUST possess and show THEIR valid, unaltered bus pass to the driver every time he/she boards the bus – both morning and afternoon.  Using or attempting to use another rider’s bus pass is NOT allowed.  Giving a bus pass to another rider to use is NOT allowed.  Using or attempting to use an expired bus pass is not allowed.  Altering a bus pass is NOT allowed.  Riders may only utilize the specific type of transportation indicated on their bus pass.

15.          All riders MUST ride their assigned route number at their designated time.  All riders MUST board or exit the bus at their designated bus stop or loading zone.  Riders may NOT attempt to board or exit the bus at a stop or loading zone that is undesignated to them.  Riders may not ride or attempt to ride during any suspension.  (Additional citations may be issued for this offense.)

16.          For safety reasons, crutches are allowed ONLY if the rider can board and depart the bus WITHOUT use of the crutches.
 
In addition to the rules listed above, riders are expected to follow
the School Rules and/or Student Handbook at all times while riding the bus.
Riders may be given IMMEDIATE suspension from the bus, depending upon the severity of the rider’s actions.
(Consequences may continue to the following school session.)
 
Student behavior may be monitored by video recording devices within the school buses.
Video may be used by district administrators in disciplinary proceedings.
 
The driver and/or school district bears no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged items brought onto the bus.
 
Any item(s) confiscated by the driver or left on the bus must be picked up by a
PARENT or GUARDIAN from the Transportation Department Office within 30 days.
 
PLEASE COOPERATE WITH YOUR BUS DRIVER. 
 
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF INFORMATION PERTAINING TO TRACY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE 2013-2014 BUS PASS PACKET BELOW
  
  
2013.14 TUSD Bus Pass Packet English and Spanish.pdf2013.14 TUSD Bus Pass Packet English and Spanish