To download the entire handbook, click here: Transportation Handbook for Students & Parents (PDF)
The purpose of this Handbook is to provide parents and students with the rules and regulations of the State of Kansas and USD 434 policies and procedures concerning student transportation. Our goal and obligation are to provide safe student transportation. PLEASE READ THIS HANDBOOK CAREFULLY, DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR CHILDREN, AND THEN KEEP IT FOR HANDY REFERENCE. The direct help of parents in promoting obedience to school bus rules greatly assists the drivers in maintaining proper discipline. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE SCHOOL AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAVE YOUR CURRENT UP TO DATE PHONE NUMBERS, so that we may make contact with a responsible adult if needed.
Please notify the Transportation Department and the school if there are any changes.
Our drivers meet all state and district certification requirements, which include maintaining a current Commercial Class B Driver’s License with all endorsements required of a school bus driver, passing a biennial physical examination, completing a First Aid/CPR course and a Defensive Driving course annually. Drivers must pass the district's driver training program, which includes behind-the-wheel training prior to transporting students. In addition, a yearly check is made of each driver's driving record. Agility testing is required of all drivers holding CDL's. All new hires will be required to pass the agility test prior to assuming driving duties. Veteran drivers will be tested at least once every two years. Drivers are also subject to federally mandated drug and alcohol testing.
Our drivers also receive ongoing training in accident prevention and safety, and we work continuously to maintain proper student discipline on the bus. For everyone's sake, please do your part to help us keep it that way. With the pupils' cooperation and your support, we believe Santa Fe Trail USD 434 can maintain a safe and efficient transportation program.
Santa Fe Trail USD 434 school bus service is owned by the district, and is operated and maintained by district personnel. All route and trip buses are equipped with cameras and two-way radios. Each bus must pass a Kansas State Highway Patrol safety inspection annually. In addition, the district has a preventive maintenance program to maintain the buses in excellent condition.
OUR BASIC PHILOSOPHY IS BASED ON THREE AREAS: SAFETY, EFFICIENCY, AND SERVICE, IN THAT ORDER. WE PROVIDE GROUP SERVICE UNLIKE TAXI SERVICE, WHICH SERVES INDIVIDUALS. WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SERVICE AT A REASONABLE COST TO OUR PATRONS. WE CANNOT STOP AT EVERY HOUSE, WAIT FOR STUDENTS, OR ADJUST OUR PICK-UP SCHEDULE TO MEET THE SCHEDULE OF INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES.
We want the bus riding experience to be a positive one for your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the district office 1-800-836-9525 extension 4102.
Chad Schmale, Transportation Director