Transportation News

  • WELCOME TO SOLON SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION! 

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    If you have questions, you can reach us at (440) 349-6250 or LisaShirkey@solonboe.org. 

    Lisa Shirkey, Transportation Supervisor

    Sheri Machado, Routing & Dispatch

    Sarah Hughes, Transportation Secretary

    Student safety is our number one concern. During bus route travel, our transportation team monitors the routes.

    If you have a non-emergency question or concern, we recommend calling or emailing us before or after peak bus travel times. 

     

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    TRANSPORTATION NEWS! 

    Most recent updates from the Solon Transportation Department...

    BUS TRANSPORTATION OPT-IN FORMS FOR 2024-25 DUE ON MAY 31!

    The Solon School Bus Transportation Opt-In form for the 2024-25 school year is now live. The deadline to opt-in for bus transportation is May 31. Additionally, the Day Care/Shared Parenting Transportation Request is also available, and the due date for submission is July 8. You must opt your child in for transportation by May 31 if you want them to have a seat on the bus next school year.

    We need families to opt-in during May as we do every year to begin our routing process. At this time, we do not have enough drivers to provide the same level of service despite our aggressive recruitment efforts.

    Our transportation team has developed three scenarios based on the number of drivers we will have in August to start the year. These plans involve adjusting the Parent Transportation Zones, creating a larger radius around each school in which families would be responsible for transporting their students to and from school. We are creating bus routes for each of these scenarios. You must opt your child in by May 31, regardless of which service level is ultimately implemented, if your first choice is for them to ride the bus.

    2024-25 TRANSPORTATION SCENARIOS - 3 Plans Dependent on Final Summer Staffing Levels.

    SCENARIO 1 - Number of drivers stays at currently expected levels = 39 in August/37 in December. Deep cuts to rider eligibility through expanding the Parent Transportation Zones are necessary. Students living within the following distances of their school will not receive bus transportation, and families will need to transport their children to and from school:

    • Grades K-4: 1 mile
    • Grades 5-6: 1.25 miles
    • Grades 7-12: 1.5 miles

    The streets and addresses that would be in the Parent Transportation Zones are listed in the spreadsheet linked here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SIrHgB6Wk5fm0AsVouFzZ7wJQCdsZ7gER0oC1HKtD9Y/edit?usp=sharing. There is a separate tab for each school. Please note: These are the distances from the student's home to school, and some addresses are included as part of reduced service area streets for practicality.

    SCENARIO 2 - 5 drivers hired and fully trained = 44. Parent Transportation Zones would be increased, but less significantly. Students living within the following distances from their school would no longer be eligible for bus transportation:

    • Grades K-6: 0.5 miles
    • Grades 7-12: 1 mile

    SCENARIO 3 - 8 drivers hired and fully trained = 47. Current transportation levels would be maintained, providing a buffer for staff absences.

    The service level provided by each scenario still falls well below the state minimum requirements of 2 miles for K-8 students and no required transportation for high school students. Our goal is Scenario 3. We are doing everything possible to help the drivers currently in the training and hiring pipeline succeed, but fully onboarding bus drivers takes time and there are many potential pitfalls due to the depth of driver safety training. While we are optimistic about more drivers joining our ranks, we also believe it is important for families to be prepared.

    We will make a final decision in July and pivot quickly to the scenario we can staff and sustain. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to address these transportation challenges.

     

     

    You’re In the Driver’s Seat - Test Drive and Interview Event - April 27 from 9-11 a.m.

    Join us on Saturday, April 27, for a yellow school bus driving open house from  9-11 a.m. in the Solon Middle School parking lot (6835 S.O.M. Center Road, Solon). 

    Driving a school bus is a great job for parents, retirees and anyone looking for meaningful part-time work! Being a bus driver requires specialized training but it is easier than most people think

    You can try it out for yourself during the You’re In the Driver’s Seat event. This is a simple way to see if being a bus driver is right for you! 

    Once aboard the Solon school bus, you will be able to see the view of the road from the driver’s seat, look through the seven rear- and side-view mirrors and take a test drive with one of our On-Board Instructors on the Solon Middle School property. 

    To participate, you need to be 21 and a licensed driver. Bring your driver’s license to the event and arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot to register. To reserve your time behind the wheel, pre-register by clicking here! Driving slots will be assigned in the order they are received and walk-ins will be permitted as slots are available. 

    Driving a bus for the Solon Schools has many benefits:

    • With split shift work days, the job offers a flexible schedule

    • Paid training (classroom and on-board) and full-time benefits.

    • Competitive pay, with hourly rates ranging from $19.77-$26.45 based on experience 

    If you are ready to join our team now, you can apply at any time at Solon City School District - Frontline Recruitment or interview on the spot on the 27th!

     

    August 10, 2023

    Excel TECC Bus Route Information

    August 2023:

    We are looking forward to the start of the school year and safely transporting your Solon student each day. Bus routes will be emailed to families beginning with K-4 on Tuesday, August 8, and 5-12 on Wednesday, August 9.

    Please note the following procedures and safety reminders:

    • Please be sure your child arrives at the bus stop five minutes prior to the published stop time. During the first week of school, your child’s bus driver will assign a designated point of safety to wait for the bus near the stop. These designated points of safety are required by law. Once the designated point of safety is assigned, students should be at that location five minutes prior to the stop time.

    • Our drivers have completed their practice runs. The stop locations listed below meet the safety requirements for bus stops in accordance with Ohio regulations and Solon Schools’ policy. Requests for stop location changes cannot be granted.

    • Please be sure your address is clearly marked on your mailbox so the driver is able to see it easily.

    • Bus passes for play dates or to go to another student’s home after school are not possible. 

    • For safety, family members are not permitted to get on the bus or impede the progress of the bus in any way. If you have questions about bus transportation, please contact our Transportation Department at transportation@solonboe.org.

    All Solon students in grades K-8 and most high school students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the bus.

    Our routes are created based on the students who will actually be riding. Only students who opted-in for bus transportation for this year were assigned stops and seats on the bus. Stop locations and the distances to the bus stops have been determined based on where students live along the route and are consolidated to enable us to continue providing the same level of transportation as we have in the past for the students and families who need it. Your child is assigned to the stop closest to your home. 

    Bus stop distance from home:

    • Grades K-4 = up to .175 mile

    • Grades 5-8 = up to .275 mile

    • Grades 9-12 = up to .3 mile

    Kindergarten: Parents, guardians or designated caregivers of kindergarten students must be present at the bus stop to receive their students after school (unless the student is being transported to a day care location).

    Pick-up and drop-off locations: Students may have only 1 stop in addition to their home in the morning and afternoon. This includes day care locations.    

    If you signed up for bus transportation and no longer need your child to ride the bus OR if you feel you are missing bus information, please contact our Transportation Department right away at transportation@solonboe.org. Our focus is on our routes and student safety. Please use email instead of calling the office for the quickest response.

    Remember, routes will run more slowly than usual the first few days of school. Thank you for your support!