Transportation FAQ

  • How much does it cost to ride the bus?

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    School bus fees depend on the number of students that ride. Families can save money by paying fees annually. 10-ride punch passes are also available for purchase for infrequent riders. Please visit the transportation fees page.

    Students that don't have an account with District 49 transportation may purchase a one-way ride pass at schools for $2.50. One-ride cards must be accompanied by a school used paper bus pass that includes the student’s name, student ID number, and stop location.

    After five rides, this must be converted to a 10-ride punch pass.




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  • How may I pay for Transportation Fees?

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    Your Transportation Fees can be paid through your Parent Portal. You must create an account under PowerSchools. Please log onto the Parent Portal and pay your fees. Payment for bus fees can also be made at the transportation office at 10850 E. Woodmen Road.

     

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  • How do I find my bus stop?

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    Bus stop locations are listed in Infofinder via the Bus Stop Locator link.


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  • How were the stops selected?

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    District leaders and transportation department staff work extensively to develop appropriate stop locations for our families. Stops are placed at school sites and within the respective zone boundaries.

    Additionally, community park locations and neighborhood stops are available for elementary-age children to decrease walking distances. The stops throughout the Falcon area were selected based on centralized locations allowing the largest number of students to utilize the least number of stops while providing a safe waiting place.


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  • How will my child get to the bus stop? My stop is a long distance from my home.

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    Representatives from District 49 transportation department have developed bus stops in numerous quadrants of the district. Because regular education transportation must be cost neutral, efficient routes are designed to serve the most students with the limited resources available. Parents are responsible for the safety of their child while traveling to and from the bus stop.


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  • Can I track where my child's bus is located?

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    Yes, you can. District 49 has partnered with SafeStop to provide notifications regarding projected bus arrival times. SafeStop's multi-platform application can also notify parents and guardians each time a student scans on or off the bus. In the event of a service interruption, bus breakdown or poor road conditions, the transportation team can send a push notification about the delay through the SafeStop app. There is no charge to use the SafeStop app.

        Steps to begin using the SafeStop app.

        1) Register with SafeStop. Have your child's student identification number ready. The student ID can be found in PowerSchools.
        2) Download the SafeStop app at the end of the registration process. You can also download the Safetop app in the official Apple or Android app stores.

    *Only the person listed as "Emergency Priority 1" in parent portal may conduct the initial registration. This primary registrant may allow one other person to register and use the app. Banning Lewis Ranch Academy and Rocky Mountain Classical families need to call the transportation department to get student ID numbers as these schools use different student information systems from District 49 coordinated schools.

    SafeStop has useful frequently asked questions and provides robust customer service. Please use these resources for questions about registration, use of the product and other technical issues.


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  • Where can I find out more information about ZPASS?

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    Please contact the transportation department at 719.495.1159.


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  • What if my child loses their ZPASS?

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    The first ZPASS card will be issued for free at the time of sign up. Replacement cards cab be issued for $5.


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  • If lost, how do I know the Zpass isn’t being used by someone else?

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    You have 48 hours to contact transportation at 719.495.1159 to report a lost card. No charges will be incurred during this 48-hour period. In the event that a card is lost or misplaced the student must obtain a paper bus pass from the school office before boarding the bus.

    If the card can't be located within 48 hours, a new pass must be purchased. Your child will not be transported home if a new card is not purchased on the third day.


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  • Where can I find my account information, including making payments?

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    The Parent Portal through Power Schools contains your transportation account information.
    Payments can be made by ACH check or credit card.

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  • Will bus drivers take cash?

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    No.

    Bus drivers will not accept payments of any kind. Please make all payments online, by mail, or in the transportation office. We accept cash, check or credit.


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  • Where is the transportation department located?

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    The transportation department is located at 10850 E. Woodmen Road in Peyton. The transportation office is "around back", located in the large white shed behind the main offices. Please do not enter through the front office of the Education Services Center. Please drive around the offices and through the chain link gate on the west side of the property. Once through the gate, turn right and follow the blue signs to transportation. You can download the directions here


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  • Will you provide scholarships to help cover the fees for families who are unable to pay the fee?

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    Families who qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch program and students who have an IEP requiring transportation will not be charged for transportation.


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  • Will children who ride a special needs bus with an IEP service designation have to pay a fee?

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    Students who qualify for transportation under their Individualized Education Plan will not have to pay a fee, but will need to complete an application to receive the ZPass. This ZPass will increase security for your child as it tracks their location getting on and off the bus.


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  • Will the buses run for the charter schools when District 49 is on break?

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    Buses run on the Board of Education approved District 49 calendar. If a charter school is in session during a District 49 break, bus service will not be available.


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  • Do buses have seat belts?

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an abrupt change to a long standing school bus safety position late last year.

    After decades of recommending compartmentalization, in November 2015, the NHTSA changed the organization's long held position on school bus seat belts. "The position of the NHTSA is that seat belts save lives. That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big yellow bus," said Mark Rosekind, NHTSA administrator in an announcement. "Saving lives is what we are about, so NHTSA’s policy is that every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt."

    Prior to that sudden and unexpected policy change announcement, NHSTA’s recommended compartmentalization, a passive form of restraint that relies on closely spaced, high-back padded seats. Compartmentalization has been used on school buses across the country since 1977. Compartmentalization is combined with a large, heavy, high deck vehicle driven by a professional operator. This combination makes it the safest form of ground transportation; nearly eight times safer than students riding in personal vehicles. (NHTSA paper 05-325).

    District 49 Board of Education made the determination that all future buses purchased by the district will be equipped with seat belts meeting the NHTSA recommendation. Already, five replacement buses purchased in 2016 year are equipped with the new restraint system. 

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Robert Sparks
General Education Router
Phone: 719.495.1159
Last Modified on July 12, 2019