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Welcome to Transportation


Direct Line: 209.830.3216 
Fax: 209.830.3217

The Transportation Department is dedicated to supporting the educational programs of the District by safely transporting students to and from school and school-related events economically, efficiently, and on time. 

For additional Transportation information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions Section below or contact our office directly.

Lisa Sawyer, Coordinator of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
lsawyer@tusd.net

Kelley Young, Secretary to the Director of Transportation
kyoung@tusd.net

Anthony Flores, Director of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
anthonyflores@tusd.net

OFFICE HOURS

OFFICE HOURS/HOLIDAYS

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM

The Transportation Department Office is CLOSED on the following days:

Mon, July 22, 2019 – 7-4 Safety in-service training
Tues, July 23, 2019 – 7-4 Safety in-service training
Mon, Sep 2, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Mon, Oct 21, 2019 – 7-4 Safety in-service training
Mon, Nov 11, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Thurs Nov 28, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Fri, Nov 29, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Tues, Dec 24, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Wed, Dec 25, 2019 – All Day (Holiday)
Wed, Jan 1, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Fri, Jan 24, 2020 - 7-4 Safety in-service training
Mon, Feb 10, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Mon, Feb 17, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Fri, March 6, 2020 – 7-4 Safety in-service training
Fri, April 10, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Mon, April 13, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)
Mon, May 25, 2020 – All Day (Holiday)

DOCUMENTS:      2019-20 BUS APPLICATION PACKET
                                                BUS RIDING RULES

PAYMENT:   To make a payment, please visit MYSCHOOLBUCKS.

FREE/REDUCED BUS PASS GUIDELINES: SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR LETTER FROM THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT SHOWING YOU QUALIFY FOR THE FREE/REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM FOR CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ALONG WITH A COMPLETED BUS PASS APPLICATION.

BUS INFORMATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If my child has an Intra-District or Inter-District Transfer on file is School Bus transportation available?
No, unfortunately due to limited resources, we cannot provide transportation to students attending outside of their home school. 
 
Is School Bus transportation available to a bus stop near my Daycare location?
No unfortunately due to limited resources, we cannot provide transportation to or from any bus stop other than the bus stop closest to the student’s home address (the address registered with the school site).
 
Is there a low income program to help with the cost of School Bus transportation?
A student may possibly qualify for Free or Reduced cost transportation based on income.  The Application for Free or Reduced Cost Transportation along with a Bus Pass Application will need to be completed, and proof of all income and dependents must be provided.  Please refer to the Bus Pass Information Packet and Application for Free or Reduced Cost Transportation for more information on required income verification documentation.
 
What forms of payment does the Transportation Department accept?
We accept cash, check, money order, all major Credit Cards.
 
How do I purchase a bus pass online?
You can go directly to the mySchoolBucks website or mobile app and log in to your existing account or create a new account.  Once you are logged in you will be able to purchase transportation. If you experience any issues with mySchoolBucks, please call 1-855-832-5226.  For a tutorial please visit https://www.learnmyschoolbucks.com. 
 
How long does it take to process the bus pass application?
Typically, regular bus pass applications and payments can be processed within a few moments.  There are certain times during the year that there may be a line causing a longer waiting period.  Students must be fully registered at their home school site prior to applying for a bus pass.  Also, if there are unforeseen issues with your application, verification of information in the student database, or the application requires the Director of Transportation to review certain information, the issuance of bus passes may be delayed until any issues are resolved.  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 may be required for completion which could extend the processing time.
 
If my child’s bus pass is lost or stolen; will they be allowed to ride the bus?
The student will be allowed to ride the bus once the driver verifies that they are a valid bus rider, however, if the student is unable to provide their valid bus pass to show the driver, the driver may issue them a “No Bus Pass” citation.
 
How can I obtain a replacement bus pass if my student’s pass is lost or stolen?
Replacement bus passes are available for purchase in the transportation department office for $5.00. If you are unable to come in to the Transportation Department office to purchase a replacement bus pass, you may obtain the replacement pass through the bus driver. If obtaining the replacement pass through the driver,  the replacement fee must be in a sealed envelope with the Students Name, Bus Stop, and School information listed on the outside of the envelope. The check or money order must be made payable to the TUSD transportation department and in the amount of $5.00. Please do not send cash.
 
If my student participates in sports, tutoring, or other after-school activities, is there school bus transportation available after the regular school bus?
No, unfortunately due to limited resources, we cannot provide transportation outside of the regular school bus schedule.
 
What is the difference between the route numbers and the bus numbers and why is it important to know?
The transportation department uses route numbers to assign students to their designated bus stops and schools.  Students need to be aware of their assigned route number because bus numbers can change as buses are routinely serviced for maintenance.  For example, your route number may be # 4, but driven in bus #30 one day, and bus # 2 the next.  Your route number will always stay the same, even if the bus number changes.
 
Where can I find the route number on a bus?
Route numbers are located next to the entrance door of the bus on a black placard with white numbering.
 
If I no longer need school bus transportation for my student, can I get a prorated refund?
Prorated refunds will be made by check issued by San Joaquin County, only after the parent submits a request for refund along with the student(s) bus pass, and only for the reasons stated below:
-Students who subsequently become eligible for free transportation.
-Students who have moved out of the District.
-Students who are no longer in need of bus service.
The prorated refund amount will be based on the date that the bus pass AND refund request are received by the Transportation Department Office.  Refunds may take 6-8 weeks to be processed.  Processing may be delayed due to verification of original check clearance.  No refund will be given if student riding privileges are suspended due to students’ failure to follow BUS RULES.
 
What do I do if my student already uses transportation and I move to another address within TUSD boundaries?
You would first need to notify your student’s school site and provide them with the necessary documentation that they require to change the address, then provide the transportation department office with your new address and contact information.  At that time we would verify the address change and let you know if you qualify for transportation based on your new information, and if so, a new bus pass would be issued.

BUSING INFORMATION

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 2019-2020 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 or online 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 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 2019-2020 school year, you must obtain their bus pass prior to that date.  
 
If you are applying for free or reduced cost transportation, the preferred method is for you to bring a letter from the Food Services Department that shows you qualify for the free/reduced lunch program for the 2019-2020 school year, along with a completed 2019-2020 Bus Pass Application.  If you would like to apply without the Food Services letter, please make sure to bring a completed 2019-2020 Bus Pass Application, and a completed 2019-2020 Application for Free or Reduced Cost Transportation, the 2018 IRS tax forms from all adult residents and/or contributors, and/or members of the household showing gross income and number of dependents, each adult’s most current pay check stub and/or current proof of income, and any/all other necessary documentation.  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:

  • 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;
  • Students who have the appropriate bus pass application on file and have a valid Bus Pass for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students must carry their valid bus pass at all times and present their valid bus pass to the driver and scan their valid bus pass each and every time they board and disembark their designated School Bus, and;
  • 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 students with special needs) 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

BUS PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Applications and payment must be made to the Transportation Office online, in person, or by mail.  If paying by credit card you can either pay online at https://www.myschoolbucks.com or by fax at (209) 830-3217.  School Bus Drivers cannot accept applications and/or payment for new student bus passes.  
Unfortunately, we are unable to process applications or payment over the phone.