Transportation Changes for the 17-18 School Year
Since school bus stops and routes may have changed from the previous school year, parents and students are encouraged to review students’ bus information through ParentVUE, StudentVUE or the LCPS Transportation website, said LCPS Director of Public Safety Todd Gregory.
“Our busing system uses location data from each registered rider to suggest the most efficient routes. Once the system makes bus stop suggestions, our department reviews all the stops for factors such as safety and accessibility,” Gregory said. “Since we have quite a few students that register for busing, but don’t actually ride the bus on a consistent basis, it generally take a few days to establish the bus stop locations which will be used throughout the school year.”
For the eighth consecutive year, LCPS has contracted Student Transportation Specialists of New Mexico (STS-NM) to provide transportation services for the district. All bus drivers are employed by STS-NM.
STS-NM also provides ancillary student bus transportation services for the district, including field trips and athletic trips. STS-NM is paid for these services on a per-trip basis, based upon its ancillary contract with the school district.
Although approximately 9,300 students are registered for transportation services through LCPS, last year approximately 7,500 students actually used the service to get transported to and from school each day. Any changes to bus routes and stops are updated overnight and posted to ParentVUE, StudentVUE and the LCPS transportation website by the following morning.
Each morning, LCPS also provides STS-NM with rosters for bus riders on each bus route, starting on the first day of school.
The rosters allow the bus drivers to create seating charts as an added safety measure for kindergarten students since, according to district protocol, kindergarten students who ride the bus can only be released to an authorized adult or older sibling.
The rosters allow the bus drivers to create seating charts as an added safety measure for kindergarten students since, according to district protocol, kindergarten students who ride the bus can only be released to an authorized adult or older sibling. The rosters also help eliminate confusion for substitute drivers, ensuring that each student is picked up and dropped off in the correct location, and help avoid overcrowding, since they provide more accurate estimates about the number of students who use each route, Gregory said.
Students are eligible to receive transportation through LCPS if they meet the following criteria: they are an elementary school student whose registered address is one-mile-or-more, one-way, from their assigned school, a middle school student whose registered address is one-and-one-half miles or more, one way, from their assigned school, a high school student whose registered address is two-miles-or-more, one way, from their assigned school.
Transportation may also be provided for students who reside within the statutory walking distance from their attendance center, according to state laws. To register for transportation services, students can contact their school to get signed up or may contact the LCPS Transportation Department with any questions.
For rules and regulations regarding LCPS transportation services, parents can now download and review the LCPS Transportation Handbook which is available online at: http://lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/operations/transportation/forms-documents/
For more information, visit: www.lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/operations/transportation/ or contact the LCPS Transportation Department at (575) 527-5998. STS-NM can also be contacted at (575) 523-5686 for additional information about bus service or for questions about hiring bus drivers.
During the 2017-18 school year:
- An estimated 7,500 students will be transported to and from LCPS schools each school day;
- Buses will travel an estimated 1.5 million miles taking students to and from school;
- LCPS will utilize 124 bus routes, the same number of routes as last year. There will be 81 regular routes and 43 special needs routes, of which, 27 are lift buses.
- LCPS will utilize an estimated 124 drivers, 13 substitute drivers, 43 bus attendants and 3 bus attendant substitutes to help transport students.
All buses have surveillance cameras and several special need buses are equipped with air-conditioners.