Note: At the beginning of the year bus passes will be distributed to students by either our drivers or at your site's front office if they don't start riding the bus at the start of the year.
The Mother Lode Transportation Department is dedicated to providing safe, efficient, and reliable busing services for the students at the Mother Lode Union School District. Our students receive training on emergency procedures and are given a clearly defined list of bus rules to assure safe and continuous riding privileges.
District Bus Operators are provided with approved Department of Education driver training in excess of the annual requirements of the California Highway Patrol. In addition, instructions in other pertinent pupil management subjects are provided making Mother Lode Bus Operators extremely well trained and who perform in a most professional manner. The District bus fleet consists of modern, well-maintained buses equipped with two-way radios for better communication, digital video surveillance to assist the driver with pupil management, and GPS so we know where the buses are at all times.
When registering for school, parents are asked to select a permanent bus stop assignment for the rest of the school year. Students wishing to board or depart from a different route or from a bus stop other than their assigned stop may only do so with written permission. A student bus assignment form must be signed by a parent and approved by the school office prior to boarding the bus. At the time a bus assignment form is received by the Transportation Department, a bus pass will be issued.
Should a bus arrive at an assigned bus stop for a two week period and no students board the bus, the bus stop will be deactivated. Should parents wish to reactive the bus stop, they will need to contact the Transportation Office. It may take up to four (4) business days to complete the process.
Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety, conduct, and timely arrival of their children to, from, and at the designated school bus stop before the arrival of the school bus for pick-up and transport to school and the timely departure of the child after the school bus leaves the designated school bus stop after transporting the children from school.
The winter season brings the possibility of snow and slippery roads. District policy regarding snow days is based purely on road conditions and if buses can operate safely. On questionable mornings, a decision will be made and publicized by 6:00 A.M. if school will open at the regular time or will be postponed two hours. Should school opening be postponed due to road conditions and those conditions remain unsafe, school will then be cancelled for the day. In cases of school postponement, all morning bus routes times will reflect the same two hour delay with dismissal at the regular time. If a delayed start is on a Wednesday, there will be no collaboration schedule that day and dismissal will be the "regular day" dismissal time.
As we approach the rainy season, we recognize parents sometimes keep their children in the car while waiting for the bus. Unfortunately, when this happens the bus driver may not know that there is anyone at the stop and may pass the stop or not notice the student is getting out of a car and move on. Please be sure students are waiting at the stop visible for the bus driver to see. This is also true at pick up time. If a parent is required at the bus stop but is waiting in his/her car, the bus driver may not see there is a parent there, keep the student on the bus, and move on. Please wait outside your car for the driver to see you.
We ask you not pull into the bus circle at any time. We have buses coming into the bus circle at times other than morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Oftentimes there will be a bus needing to use the bus circle before school for reading club, during school for field trips, or after school due to athletic programs. For student safety the bus circle should only be used by buses. Thank you for your cooperation.
Be sure your student always has his/her bus pass.