Bus Assignment Decisions

School bus routing and stops are the responsibility of the TIMS Coordinator. The Transportation Director assists the TIMS Coordinator with technical and strategic planning.


Eligible Riders

A student will receive a stop assignment if their parent requests transportation from the school and the student is an eligible rider. To be an eligible rider, the student must:

  • Live outside the no-transport zone (determined by each school individually);
  • live within the school's district boundary; and
  • be assigned to that school.

Bus Route and Stop Planning

TIMS Coordinator plans bus routes in a way designed to:

  • Conserve fuel and use buses efficiently, including confining routes to the geographical area assigned to the school;
  • eliminate overlapping routes, backtracking mileage, and unnecessary trips; and
  • reduce distances empty buses travel to their first stops ("deadhead").


A route cannot deviate from its general path of direction for less than one-half mile and then return to its original path unless:

  • the stop is for special education students (EC)

Unless safety factors require otherwise, TIMS Coordinator may not plan bus stops less than two-tenths mile apart. Each student must be at their stop 10 minutes before the time given. 

Non-State Maintained Roads

Buses may not travel non-state maintained roads.  If your student lives down a road that is not state maintained, our bus will pick up your corner of the corner of that road and a state maintained road. 


School Bus Capacity

According to state law, the rated capacity of a school bus is the maximum number of passengers allowed on that bus at any one time. To avoid overcrowding, a student will be assigned to ONE BUS ONLY, unless there is custody agreements for the student.