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Learn about bus assignments, safety tips


Eligibility: Families with students who are eligible for transportation will receive a postcard with bus route information. The card lists the assigned stop and the pickup and drop-off times. Parents are responsible for providing safe transportation to and from the bus stop. Students must be assigned to a bus stop by the transportation department.

Interactive Web site: Visit to find bus stops and get route times.

Whom to call: Contact the transportation department's call center at (727) 587-2020. Call from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 13. Beginning Aug. 17, call from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. And in September, normal hours will be 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Any questions? Whose responsibility is it to inform you that your child's bus will be late? What are the rules for bus stop placement near a sexual predator's residence? Whom should you contact to request a crossing guard along your child's walking path to school?

For information, visit

Getting on the bus

• Arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes early.

• Stand at least 10 feet from the edge of the road.

• Wait until the driver says it's okay before stepping on to the bus.

• Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and bookbags with straps do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting bus.

• Never walk behind the bus.

• Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.

• Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right-left before crossing.

• Tell the bus driver if you drop something beside the bus. Do not try to pick it up because the bus driver may not see you and drive into you.

Learn about bus assignments, safety tips 08/01/09 [Last modified: Saturday, August 1, 2009 4:30am]
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