Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Transportation and Bus Stops

Who is eligible to receive transportation services from the school?

Ohio law requires boards of education to provide transportation for pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade who live more than two miles from their assigned school.

However, Olentangy Local Schools has chosen to extend transportation services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade who meet the district’s Transportation Eligibility policy. In general, resident students who live more than one mile from their assigned school are eligible for transportation services. The district also takes into account cases where the school is in an area that is difficult to access due to the lack of sidewalks, posted speed limits above 25 mph or other hazards.

How are bus stops determined?

When possible, Olentangy Local Schools uses group stops. This allows for groups of students to be picked up at a single location, thus saving time and money. Home stops may be designated for students with special needs such as pre-school or disabled students.

Designated school bus stops may be up to one-half (.5) mile from a student’s home. However, as a general rule, Olentangy’s stops are less than four-tenths (.4) of a mile from a student’s home.

Why have the locations for some of the bus stops changed this year?

Over the last few years as the district’s student enrollment has increased by more than 2,000 students, the district has adjusted some bus stops to create a more efficient operation. This move has reduced the number of anticipated additional routes and buses, thus reducing the district’s expenditures. While most of these adjustments are relatively small, (an additional one-tenth of a mile) they are having a big impact on the district’s budget.

For instance, during the 2009-10 school year, the district saved $158,286 from the general fund and $375,000 from the bond fund by adjusting the bus stops and not adding any new routes. The district won’t know the cost-savings figures for the 2010-11 school year until after school starts as new students are still registering. However, these additional adjustments are anticipated to save additional tax dollars.

How do I find my student’s transportation information?

Parents may access their student’s transportation information online via the myOlentangy portal. Login and password information was recently mailed to all homes so parents could use this secure environment to find this type of important information.