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Transportation

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Wabash City Transportation

The Wabash City Schools Transportation Department is committed to providing safe and efficient transportation for students. You have chosen the safest and most efficient way to transport your student to and from school.  We strive to provide a service that will enhance your student’s educational day.  Safe transportation of students is a shared responsibility of the Wabash City School’s administration, school staff, drivers, monitors, parents, students and the community.

 

Contact Information Office Hours

1101 Colerain St ~ Wabash, IN  46992

Phone: 260-563-2151   Fax:  260-563-2066

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

 
Overview

A  Tradition of Excellence ~ The Apache Way, The Right Way, Every Day

Wabash City Schools Transportation Department consists of 28 active employees who utilize a fleet of 23 vehicles to transport our students to and from school. On any given morning or afternoon, we transport approximately 75% of our student body. Ten (10) schools are serviced as we meet the transportation needs of our general education, special education, preschool, alternative school and Heartland Career Center.

 

Every school year we provide extra-curricular travel for our athletes, musicians, and academic students. Our drivers are conscientious professionals who go above and beyond to ensure the safety of their passengers and the motorists with whom they share the road. Our students are among the best and the brightest.  They observe safety and behavior rules and they are taught to respect others.

 

Wabash City Schools “The Apache Way” travels with us on our routes, field trips, and extra-curricular events. It is our privilege to serve the Wabash Community

 

Rhonda Daniel

Director of Transportation

Bus Routes

All bus routes are established by the Transportation Department. Parents register students for transportation by completing a Transportation request form. Click here to open and download the Transportation Form.

 

GENERAL SCHEDULING RULES

  1. Avoid changes. Consistency is safety.
  2. Any changes during the school year must be submitted at least one school day prior to taking effect. This allows time for routing and notification of parent, bus driver and school.
  3. If you have a sudden same-day change, you must contact the Transportation Director at 260-563-2151 to get an emergency pass.
  4. Students are expected to be out at their designated bus stop waiting on the bus. Students are expected to be at designated pick-up points five (5) minutes prior to the stop time.Clip Art of Bus Stop
  5. Bus times may vary; drivers do everything possible to keep with the scheduled times however road construction, trains, traffic and numerous other factors can cause for delays.
  6. Allow ten (10) minutes after the bus stop time before leaving the designated pick-up point or calling the transportation office.
  7. Service to other students is delayed if buses have to wait on students. Therefore, drivers are instructed not to wait for students who are not at the bus stop on time.

For detailed information regarding school transportation at Wabash City Schools download the Parent/Student Handbook.

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Safety is a Community Responsibility

Thank you to all motorists for knowing and following school bus stops arm laws.  Keeping students safe is a responsibility shared by the entire Wabash Community.Bus safety zones

Motorist Safety

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down ~ Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • Slow down ~ Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert ~ Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorist of pending actions:
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorist should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

 

Driving and More
 

As professional school bus drivers take the seat behind the wheel of one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road, they assume great responsibility and many roles.  They are unsung heroes.  Rarely are they thanked or acknowledged for their consistent commitment to the safety and wellbeing of students.

 

The environment of the school bus demands a driver to possess many skills.  Driving is always their first priority but they must often take on additional roles such as nurse, teacher, law enforcer, mechanic or janitor.  They investigate, counsel, mediate, protect and are peacemakers. They troubleshoot, tie shoes, zip coats, find hats, close bags and protect cherished school projects.  At athletic, band, choir and academic events they are cheerleaders, always providing a “good job” for their passengers, win or lose.

 

They learn and follow national, state, and local laws and rules.  Only they can get behind the wheel of their yellow bus because only they are licensed to do so.

 

They maneuver their 13 ton vehicle around bikes, construction, downed tree limbs, distracted drivers, and law breakers.  Weather and road conditions challenge their path as ice, snow, fog, rain, dark, sunshine, wind and flooded roads complicate their route.

 

School bus drivers, while remaining focused on the road, are also expected to see and hear everything that happens inside the bus as they transport 50-60 students who sit up to 40 feet behind them.

 

Truly, those who assume this great responsibility should be acknowledged.  As the Director of Transportation for Wabash City Schools, it is my privilege to work for a group of professional, caring and dedicated bus drivers. Thank you will never be enough for the safe transportation service they provide for our community.  Take time to thank a school bus driver today.