Transportation Department

WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION

An essential component of the education process is the safe and efficient transportation of students to and from school. The successful completion of this task relies on the shared responsibility of drivers, students, parents, schools, and the transportation department.  To ensure safe and reliable service, Fostoria City Schools Transportation takes great pride in our driver professional development and fleet maintenance.

Transportation rules apply to all students riding school buses to and from Fostoria City Schools. In addition, all other policies adopted by the Board of Education regarding student behavior on school property will be enforced on Fostoria City Schools' buses. Please refer to the current Student/Parent Handbook.

We are always looking for new talent to join our team at the bus garage. Please contact us at 419-436-4105 for more information on how to begin your new career! 

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SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS:*     

  • Make sure you always drop off and pick up your child at their designated bus stop. Remind your child to always follow their bus driver’s instructions at the bus stop. Children can sometimes get excited to see you after school and dart across the road before the bus driver has given them the hand signal that it’s safe to cross.
  • Be sure someone responsible walks with your child and waits with them at the bus stop.
  • Before you leave the house, put everything that your child will need into their backpack so they won’t drop items along the way. Make sure all loose straps, drawstrings, etc. are secured so they won’t get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are entering or exiting.
  • If possible, dress your child in bright, contrasting colors so drivers can easily see them. Take extra precaution when they are waiting at the bus stop in the dark. In cold weather, dress your child in a warm hat instead of having them wear a hood. Hoods can make it more difficult for them to hear and see traffic as they are crossing the street.
  • Make sure your child leaves for the bus stop at a reasonable time to avoid rushing or running.
  • Please give extra kisses and hugs BEFORE the bus is at your stop. Your child will need to pay attention to the bus driver’s hand signals when it’s time to get on the bus, you don’t want to distract your child from being safe.
  • Show your child how to safely walk to the bus stop. Always walk on the sidewalk when possible, stay out of the street. If you must walk in the road, walk as close to the side of the road as possible, and always walk facing oncoming traffic
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When to stop for a school bus

On a road with fewer than four lanes, all traffic approaching a stopped school bus from either direction you must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus and remain stopped until the bus begins to move. 

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If the bus is stopped on a street with four or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction as the bus must stop.

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Amber (yellow) flashing lights
At the top of the bus indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Although you are not required to stop when the ambers are flashing, you should be prepared to stop as soon as the bus comes to a full stop.

Red lights/Stop Arm: When the bus stops for pick up and drop off red lights at the top of the bus and stop arms will come on. Flashing signaling drivers that children are entering or exiting the bus and may be crossing the roadway. Stop and wait until the red lights stop flashing and the bus begins moving before starting to drive again.

  • Never pass a school bus on the right
  • All school buses must stop before crossing railroad tracks
  • Be aware of school zone signals and always obey the posted speed limits

Failure to stop for a school bus adds 2 points to your license in Ohio and is punishable by fines up to $500. You must appear in court and the judge has the discretion to suspend your driver’s license for up to one year.

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