Welcome to the Rockford Public Schools Transportation Department. Safety is the most important factor in transporting Rockford students. There are 74 transportation employees, including office staff, mechanics, and bus drivers. Together we strive to provide safe and efficient transportation for "our" kids. I encourage parents and students to call our office with busing questions and concerns.
Jacquie Fase, Director
TOP 10 for TRANSPORTATION
In just a few short weeks we will begin again. Before that first day of school please consider the TOP 10 for TRANSPORTATION.
1). Is your number up? Meaning your house number, of course. Not only does this help out the school bus driver but it could also help you in the event of an emergency. Many times locating a correct address can be very difficult if your house number is not legible.
2). Have you updated all your contact information at each school building for all of your children? Many times throughout the school year we encounter problems with disconnected phone numbers making it difficult to contact parents.
3). Check your family access account for all your bussing information, including bus number, times, and bus stop pick-up/drop-off points. Family access will be available the last week of August.
4). Call the transportation office if you require a change in bussing.
5). Remember, your day care provider must live within the same boundaries as the school in which your children attend to benefit from transportation.
6) Each student is given one pick-up address and one drop-off address. The routing program will not permit multiple stops on varying days.
7). The school bus driver has a difficult job to do. We expect the students to abide by the rules set forth to ensure safety for all. The school bus is an extension of the classroom - not the playground.
8) Many of the buses have a camera system with audio. These systems cannot be viewed remotely. We only review video if there is a reported problem. The camera can be your best friend or...your worst enemy.
9) Due to traffic flow, weather conditions, and many other factors, the school bus will generally arrive within a 10 minute window--5 minutes before or after your scheduled time.
10). The school bus does not transport students to after school jobs, dentist appointments, or to local businesses in or outside the city limits. After school birthday parties, scout meetings, etc. cannot be transported due to the varying number of students on each bus.
We look forward to another successful school year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 616-863-6328.
RPS Director of Transportation