Transportation Department

Transportation Department

Mission of the Transportation Department

The mission of the North Ridgeville City Schools Transportation Department is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient method of transportation to and from school for each of the students under our care.

General Information

All students that live more than 1.5 miles grades 3-8 will be assigned a bus to and from their home area (Please check your mileage distance to make sure you qualify).

All students grade K-2 will receive busing no matter distance to school. High school busing is not available. If your child will be going to/from a babysitter before or after school, you will need to fill out a variance form.  If your child qualifies for busing but will not use our service please, you will need to fill out a busing opt-out form, which will be available on the transportation department homepage soon. If your child needs busing to and from home there is no need to fill out any forms. 

Bus Stop Information

During the first week of school, we ask you to please be patient with the transportation department as we work hard to get your child to and from school safely. In the afternoon the buses, will be running late for the first few days until students learn where their bus is parked and driver's checking attendance to make sure they have the correct students on board.

Pick Up and Drop Off Instructions

  • Have your child standing at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive at the designated place of safety, which is required by law and district policy. Waiting in a vehicle is strictly prohibited regardless of inclement weather.
  • Your child should stand about 20 steps from the roadway in the driveway or on the corner of an intersecting sidewalk. The driver will assign the appropriate place.
  • The driver will use a hand signal for right or left side (pick up and drop off) to indicate when your child should check in both directions to make sure it is safe, clear to traffic or pedestrians, and can proceed to or discharge from the bus.
  • It is required by law and district policy for your child to go to the designated place of safety once they are dropped off at the bus stop and to stay there until the bus leaves the stop location so that the driver can account for where your child is outside of the bus at all times for their safety.  

We give an estimated drop off time due to we cannot guarantee how many children will be riding the bus home each day and current traffic conditions.  If you have any questions or if you find this information to be incorrect please don't hesitate to email or call our office at (440) 327-4422.

2021-2022 Student Bus Information

Bus stop information is no longer mailed to families or posted on the transportation page. The transportation department will communicate all bus stop information using the Versatrans e-Link system. This secure link allows parents/guardians to view essential school bus information such as where their children should wait for the bus, what time the bus should arrive, and other pick up and drop off information.

Click Here to enter your student’s information.  For instructions on how to create a Versatrans account, click here.

2021-2022 Variance Form

Please do not fill out this form for an at-home pick-up.

If your child needs to be picked up or dropped off at a different location other than your home address you will need to fill out a Variance Form. Kindergarten students will only be approved if the private sitter is in your designated AM/ PM area. The district policy is one location five days a week. For example, your child can be picked up or dropped off at your home five days a week or a sitter five days a week. No split weeks will be approved.
 
The deadline for filling out a variance form at the beginning of a school year is no later than two weeks before the first day of school.  

No students should be put on a bus to a different location other than home without a confirmation email from the Transportation Department. Click here to access the variance form. 
 
If you are new to the district or move to a new location please contact the Transportation Department at 440-327-4422. 

Request for Bus Stop Change

As the city grows and the number of students increases, the Transportation Department needs to consolidate bus stops in order to complete routes in a timely manner. Fewer bus stops means less time for students on the bus. If you feel that your child’s bus stop should be moved to a closer or safer location please click here to fill out the form.  

 

Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a bus stop review. You will receive an email as soon as it has been processed with either an acceptance or denial.

Parent Questions

I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop location?
No law requires a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop up to one-half mile from their home and we encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent a piece of mind. Bus stop locations are determined by each district’s board of education.


Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop?
Many students walk alongside roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement. Issues relating to where a child’s bus stop is located and safety concerns along the way to the bus stop must be addressed with the district in which you reside.

 

I make my child wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. I have heard this is not allowed – is this true?
Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus – this is a very dangerous thing to do. Many districts also instruct their buses to not stop at locations where no students are waiting.

Contact

Tammy Kaczmarek
Transportation Supervisor
[email protected]
Phone: (440)-327-1309

Melissa Phelps
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
Phone: (440)-327-4422

Tim Kaczmarek
Head Mechanic
[email protected]
Phone: (440)-353-1167

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