The Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department provides yellow bus, door-to-door, Metro, and cab service to a variety of students attending Seattle Public Schools and Head Start.
School Board approves bus arrival and departure times for the 2014-15 school year
Seattle School Board members on Feb. 5 approved Transportation Service Standards for the 2014-15 school year, including bus arrival and departure times.
Members approved an amendment introduced by Director Sue Peters, which shifted bus arrival times back about 10 minutes from the most recent proposal, closer to the bus arrival times for many schools this year. She called the amendment a "compromise" solution that is intended as a one-year solution only.
"Our effort to fine tune this is definitely in response to the community," Peters said. "People are being heard. While the proposals tonight may not be perfect they are a step in the right direction."
Arrival and departure times for all schools can be found online.
In an effort to save money and preserve funding that directly affects our classrooms, the District was tasked by the School Board with cutting the transportation budget.
On Feb. 5 Board members also approved:
• Ending yellow bus transportation to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area
• Eliminating transportation to elementary school students who live outside that school’s attendance area
• Sunseting any previous “grandfathering” of transportation that was allowed when the New Student Assignment Plan took effect in 2010-11.
• Standardizing all yellow bus arrival times to three tiers. Please note these are not start times for schools, but the arrival times for buses. Next fall’s school bell times will be set later this winter.
These measures will save the District more than $2.9 million next year, helping preserve money for our teachers and classrooms.
Every student will receive a letter prior to Open Enrollment with specific information on next year’s assignment, as well as on Open Enrollment, in case you want to apply for a different school.
Open Enrollment is Feb. 24 to March 7 and families have the option to request assignment to a different school, and a guarantee to enroll in their designated attendance area school, if desired. Enrollment information can be found at www.seattleschools.org/enrollment, by visiting the John Stanford Center or calling (206) 252-0760.
Transportation Service Standards 2014-15
Transportation Service Standards for the 2014-15 school year were approved at the school board meeting February 5, 2014. More information about the standards are available below:
Transportation Service Standards 2013-14
Transportation Service Standards for the 2013-14 school year were approved at the school board meeting February 6, 2013. More information about the standards are available below:
In the transportation plan, transportation eligibility for attendance area elementary and K-8 students is based on a pre-defined transportation zone around each school. Students within the transportation zone and outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district provided transportation.
Superintendent's Task Force
To better control costs and improve service, last year the District reorganized its Transportation Department and requested assistance from community members, educational program experts, and transportation experts to serve on the Superintendent’s Student Transportation Taskforce. Their Recommendations can be viewed here.