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An Overview of the Transportation Policies

of Orange County Public Schools

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (OCPS) equally provides school bus transportation to all district students regardless of race, gender or national origin in accordance with the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) statutes and rules.    

 

In order to be eligible for OCPS school bus transportation the student(s) must reside two (2) or more miles from their assigned school, be a participant in a designated Exceptional Education Program with an active Individual Education Plan (IEP), or a 504 Plan that has been approved by the school principal or their designee.  Elementary students who reside within two (2) miles of their assigned school may receive OCPS school bus transportation if they do not have a pedestrian route from their home to school that is free of hazards as defined by FS 1006.23.  Further, the Orange County School Board has for many years supported an effort to expand the number of the named hazards in FS 1006.23, however, no definitive legislative language has been adopted.

 

Determining the two-mile limit for OCPS school bus transportation is outlined in FDOE Rule 6A-3.001.  Essentially the distance is measured from a point where the student’s home property meets the public right of way (in the case of a gated subdivision with a private road system, it’s where the subdivision’s entrance meets the public right of way) to the nearest building entrance of the assigned school.  It is the shortest pedestrian route whether or not it is accessible to motor vehicles.  All other students whose homes fall within two (2) miles of their assigned school unless otherwise designated are ineligible for OCPS school bus transportation.       

 

Primary responsibility for determining the safest mode of transportation for students to take from home to school and back always resides with the parents/guardians.  Each family has a comfort level for the degree of safety of their student.  While one family may opt to provide private motorized transportation for their student, others may opt to allow their student to ride a bike or walk to school.  In no case does OCPS or any other city, county or state agency dictate to families the route or mode of transportation the student must take in order to get to school and home.

 

The Orange County School Board recognizes that students who are ineligible for OCPS school bus transportation may face circumstances that bused students do not.  To assist in the identification of these circumstances, the School Board works closely with all city, county and state agencies to assist in the identification of potentially unsafe pedestrian situations.  The various agencies endeavor to correct these situations within their jurisdictions by constructing sidewalks, furnishing crossing guards, installing student cross walks, increasing law enforcement vigilance, etc. to enhance the safety for the students who may use pedestrian routes to school and home each day.  In partnering with parents and governmental agencies, the School Board continues to promote increased safety for all students.     

  

Standards of School Bus Behavior for Students 

 

Because of our continuing efforts to provide safe school bus transportation for students in the Orange County Public Schools, we are providing you with the standards of conduct for all students who ride the buses.  Students must adhere to these rules.  Please discuss these rules with your student and assist us in seeing that these rules are followed:                 

  • Obey the bus operator and all the bus rules.
  • Stand off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  • Be at the bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled stop time.
  • Cross the roadway several steps in front of the bus.
  • Ride only the assigned bus.
  • Board and depart at the assigned bus stop.
  • Act appropriately while waiting for the bus.
  • Give your proper name when requested by the bus operator.
  • Remain seated at all times when the bus is moving.
  • Remain absolutely silent when the dome lights are on.
  • Remain absolutely silent at railroad crossings.
  • Refrain from bringing food, drinks, gum and tobacco on the bus.
  • Refrain from bringing reptiles, bugs, animals or marine life (dead or alive) on the bus.
  • Refrain from bringing instruments, which would interfere with seating and safety of others on the bus if there is not an empty seat on which to place them.
  • Refrain from displaying signs from the bus.
  • Refrain from any use of profane language or gestures.
  • Refrain from acts of vandalism.
  • Refrain from throwing any objects from the windows of the bus.
  • Please note that we have installed video cameras on several buses throughout the district.  A student may be filmed at any time during their ride.  The tapes are utilized for staff to review in discouraging inappropriate behavior.  Your support and cooperation regarding this will be greatly appreciated.  If you have questions or concerns, please call Transportation Services at 407-317-3800.   

 

 

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