1. Are my children eligible to ride the bus?
Elementary students (kindergarten through 6th grade) are eligible to ride the bus if their primary residence is within a one and one-half miles (1 ½) from their assigned school.
Secondary students (7th through 12th grade) are eligible to ride the bus if their primary residence is two (2) miles from their assigned school.
These guidelines have been established by the Utah State Legislature.
A written policy for measuring walking distance can be viewed on Nebo School District’s Transportation department homepage (/transportation).
The mileages are measured by the transportation department with a calibrated electronic measuring device for consistent accuracy.
2. I know my home is too close to the school to be legally eligible for bussing, but I feel it is hazardous for my children to walk each day. What can I do?
The Board of Education may provide transportation for students where walking constitutes "hazardous conditions". An area can be determined "hazardous" upon analysis of the following factors:
- Volume, type, and speed of vehicular traffic.
- Age and condition of students traversing the area.
- Condition of the roadway, sidewalks and applicable means of access in the area.
- Environmental conditions.
In the event that a parent or group of parents feel their particular student(s) are subject to hazardous conditions on their way to and from school, they should apply in writing for special consideration. This request should be sent to the district risk manager on Form 530.3 on or before July 15 and January 20.
The request will be forwarded on to the district hazardous route committee. The committee will then evaluate the route in question and make a recommendation to the Nebo School District Board of Education for final consideration of their request.
Hazardous routes will be approved on the basis or priority of hazards, along with local funds available for such programs.
(NEBO SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION Administrative Procedure File # EEABA-P)
3. Where is the bus stop and what time is my child to be there?
Your student’s bus information can be searched at the web address below.
Encourage your students to be at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled bus stop time. The drivers have been instructed that they are not to wait for the children, but that the children are to be waiting for the bus.
4. What is the recommended capacity of a school bus?
- K-6 Grade = 84
- 7-9 Grade = 68
- 10-12 Grade = 57
5. Would you take my child to child care?
We have been able to transport students to child care if they have met certain criteria:
- There is a bus route into the area
- There is room on the existing bus for the child
- No additional stop is required for the child
- The transportation is provided on a DAILY basis.
(Application for such service may be applied for at the District Office in the Operations Dept. on Form #530.3. No service will begin until the application is approved and the appropriate bus driver has been informed by the supervisor of transportation.)
6. May my student ride home with a friend, to a birthday party, to piano lessons, etc.?
The Nebo School District policy established by the Board of Education states:
"No requests for varied busing services will be considered, i.e., transportation to birthday parties, music lessons, scouts, study groups, employment, etc."
Bus students are to ride only their assigned bus. A student may get off his/her assigned bus at another regularly scheduled stop if they have a note of permission from their parent/guardian.
In an emergency, a principal may send a note with the student on a one-time only basis.
7. What is the disciplinary process in the transportation department?
The Board of Education desires that all children who are assigned to ride on a school bus act in a responsible manner. The children are instructed by the bus driver as to what is expected of them in order to constitute a safe ride for all.
Failure to obey the rules of safe and courteous conduct will result in the issuance of an "Incident Report" (referred to as a ticket).
8. What kind of transportation is available for disabled students?
A disabled student's right to be eligible for special transportation is based upon two federal statutes enacted by Congress to ensure that all disabled children receive a free, appropriate education and related service (including transportation). Services are based on an individual need to children from the ages of 3 through 21.
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) established by a multi disciplinary team qualifies a student for special education services. The IEP team then determines a student's needs which may include transportation.
Please contact the Special Education Department at the Nebo District Office for more detailed information.
9. What do the yellow and red flashing lights mean on a school bus?
The alternating flashing yellow (or amber) light is a warning signal. The operator of any vehicle, when meeting or overtaking any bus with the amber lights flashing, shall slow his vehicle, but may proceed past the school bus using due care and caution at a speed no greater than that used in school zones (20 mph).
The alternating flashing red light signals that children are unloading from a school bus to cross a highway, or when a school bus is stopped for the purpose of loading children who must cross a highway to board the bus, or at any other time when it would be hazardous for vehicles to proceed past the stopped school bus.
The operator of any vehicle upon meeting or overtaking a school bus which is displaying the flashing red lights visible from front or rear, is to stop their vehicle immediately before reaching the bus and may not proceed until the flashing red light signals cease operation. In the 1997 legislative session, the Utah State Legislature addressed the fact that this law has been disregarded far too often and compromises the safety of school children. As a result, the penalties were increased for violation of this law. The new legislation has established $100 fine for a first offense, $200 for a second offense (within 3 years of previous conviction), and $500 for a third offense (within three years of previous conviction).
Please help keep our children safe by stopping for all buses with flashing red lights.
10. Why am I not allowed to park in school bus zones?
School bus zones were created for safely loading and unloading children. One might think that in the middle of the day after school is in session, it would be okay to park where it is more convenient. The thing to remember, however, is that many schools have kindergarten students bussed to and from school in the middle of the day or there might be field or activity trips where a bus might need to get in to pick up or drop off children. When there are cars in the bus loading lane, the drivers are either forced to try to maneuver around the cars or load and unload children on the street. Either option could compromise the safety of your children.
For the safety of all children, the Utah State Legislature has enacted a law stating,
"A person may not stop, stand, or park a vehicle other than a school bus, whether occupied or not, in a clearly identified school bus zone."
Bus loading zones are now in effect 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.