November 28, 2020

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Fairborn schools announced Wednesday the district will not provide student busing to schools until Nov. 30 due to COVID-19.

The district has been hit by multiple cases among students and employees that have forced bus drivers to quarantine.

School will still be in session, and students can attend school in-person or virtually through Google Classroom if their families can not arrange transportation, the district said. Families who indicated they needed help getting WiFi in their back-to-school paperwork are able to get free internet service through Spectrum, Pam Gayheart, a spokeswoman for Fairborn Schools, said.

The lack of transportation affects all Fairborn schools, students with disabilities, Career Center students and private school students, the district said.

Gayheart said Wednesday she did not know the exact number of bus drivers who were quarantining as of Wednesday, but it was significant enough that the entire transportation department is shut down, she said.

Fairborn doesn’t have many substitute bus drivers on a good day, so having bus drivers quarantining makes things worse, Gayheart said on Monday. Superintendent Gene Lolli said about 10 school bus drivers were quarantined as of Monday.

Kettering and Troy schools have also had problems transporting students due to a lack of bus drivers and coronavirus concerns.

Bonnie Meibers contributed to this report.

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The Office of Transportation Services is responsible for providing the safe and efficient transportation of all eligible students to and from schools and school activities each day. To accomplish this monumental task, a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants work together to maintain a high level of service for all of our clients.

Bus Transportation

Our dedicated team works together every day to ensure the safe transportation of our students. Safety is also the reason that we do not post school bus routes and bus stops on our website. If you need that information for your student, you must go in person to the school. Schools will mail bus schedules to families in August of each school year.

If you have concerns about your child’s school bus transportation, speak to the transportation supervisor responsible for your school or call the Office of Transportation Services at 703-446-2000.

For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), you will need to contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000. 

Bus Delay Notification System

Bus with clock imageStay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS’ bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.  Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify (BlackboardConnect) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.  Need assistance or have questions?  Contact the Transportation office listed for your school. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Kindergarten Transportation

Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon are to be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling. Children will be returned to school if the driver has concerns for their safety.

In case of emergencies such as road closures, accidents, or weather related road problems, drivers may use safe transportation-approved alternate locations to pick up or drop off students. If there is not a safe transportation-approved alternative stop, the driver may choose to return to school.

Drivers may also choose to return to the school if they have concerns regarding the safety of releasing a student at a regular stop, or if a child expresses concern for any reason about getting off of the bus.

Walking and Bicycling

Safe Routes to School programs get kids physically active and take cars off the road. In the last 40 years, we have seen student walking and bicycling to school decline from 48% (1969) to 13% (2009). During this same time period, the percentage of parents using Kiss and Ride has increased. The increase in Kiss and Ride users has complicated traffic conditions around many schools and has made it more difficult for student walkers and bicyclists to get

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