WELCOME TO SOLON SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION!
If you have questions, you can reach us at (440) 349-6250 or LisaShirkey@solonboe.org.
Lisa Shirkey, Transportation Supervisor
Sheri Miller, Routing & Dispatch
Sarah Hughes, Transportation Secretary
Student safety is our number one concern. During bus route travel, our transportation team is monitoring routes. If you have a non-emergency question or concern, we recommend calling or emailing us before or after peak bus travel times.
Most recent updates from the Solon Transportation Department...
BUS SAFETY REMINDERS FOR DARK FALL MORNINGS
As the weather turns colder and it is darker outside when students are heading to their bus stops, the Transportation Department is reminding families and drivers in the community of several important safety protocols.
The safety of students on our school buses is our top priority. State law requires very specific safety precautions by bus drivers, students, family members and motorists to ensure student safety.
All students are assigned and required to use a specific school bus stop with a designated place of safety. When possible, students should wear light-colored clothing or jackets on dark mornings (or place something reflective on coats or backpacks). Families should also:
- Check new cold-weather clothing for safety. Draw strings and key chains can catch on objects on the bus and create potential safety hazards.
- Help students to be ready at their place of safety at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is due to arrive even in inclement weather. If necessary, family members should take turns with friends and neighbors to be sure students are supervised at bus stops.
- Never drive to catch up to a bus. Having students run alongside a bus to catch a missed bus at a subsequent stop is dangerous as students could be in a driver’s blind spot. Also never chase after a bus that may miss a stop on the ride home from school. Drivers follow very specific protocols for missed stops, which includes radioing into the Transportation Department and continuing along the route to a safe location to turn around and bring the student back to the stop.
- Remind students to alert the driver if they ever drop something near the bus. Students or parents should not reach to pick up items that fall near the bus or roll near the wheels until given the go-ahead that it is safe to do so by the driver.
- Ensure students are not using technology such as phones or earbuds. Playing on a phone or listening to music impedes students’ ability to watch and listen for potential dangers around them as well as hear or see safety instructions from their bus driver.
For parents and other motorists driving during school transportation times, please remember that:
- Alternating flashing amber (yellow) lights are on to warn motorists that the bus is preparing to stop to let students on or off the bus.
- Alternating flashing red lights are on to warn motorists that the bus is stopped on the roadway to let students on or off the bus.
- The STOP sign arm is engaged at the same time as the red flashing lights are turned on. A white flashing strobe light may also be used during unfavorable conditions or times of day that limit visibility, such as darkness, rain, fog and snow.
- Four-way hazard lights are activated at all railroad crossings and turn-arounds. The bus will stop prior to crossing railroad tracks.
- The school bus will have its four-way hazard lights and backup light on when preparing to back onto a side street to turn around.
- Motorists must use caution when they approach a bus in the process of completing a turn-around.
- Do not pass a school bus that has red alternating flashing lights. This is the signal that the bus is stopped to load or unload students. Traffic should not move until the bus resumes motion or the driver signals traffic to proceed.
- Be careful and alert on dark streets in the mornings as students and families are waiting at bus stops. Please observe posted speed limits on a roadways.
- Remind teen drivers about these important rules of the road.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to student safety as they travel to and from school each day.
BUS STOP LOCATION CHANGE REQUESTS ARE NOW OPEN - AUGUST 23
For the protection and safety of our students, requests to relocate a student's school bus stop will only be accepted in writing from a custodial parent or guardian. Each request will be researched and someone from our transportation team will get back to you with an answer by Sept. 11. While each request will be considered, there is no guarantee that a request will be approved. Students may not change their bus stops without prior approval.
BUS ROUTES ARE UPDATED FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The 2019-20 Solon Bus Routes are updated for the first day of school. To see the updated routes, click on the Bus Routes tab on the left of this page.
BUS SCHEDULES FOR 2019-20 ARE NOW POSTED!
The 2019-20 Solon Bus Routes are posted on the Solon Schools website at https://www.solonschools.org/Page/4289 or click on the Bus Routes tab on the left of this page.
Students are still registering with the district, so please be sure to check the routes again on the night before your child's first day of school as changes to the route times are possible.
Online request forms for any potential stop location changes will be available on August 23, and, if approved, would go into effect beginning Sept. 11. No bus passes for play dates or after-school schedule changes can be issued until Sept. 11.
Please remember that stops may not be identical to those from last year. However, if you have concerns about your child’s bus stop that cannot wait until August 23, please contact the Transportation Department via email at email@example.com. Email is the most efficient means to communicate with the department.
The transportation team is handling inquiries as quickly as possible. If you have called the department and left a voice mail, please rest assured that the team is looking into your concern.
EXCEL TECC BUS ROUTES 2019-20
Some Excel TECC programs start prior to Solon High School's first day. Students enrolled in Excel TECC programs that begin before August 21 will need to get to Solon High School and the pool pad to catch their bus to the school where they attend Excel TECC classes. Please see the schedules below for routes and route times.
2019-20 SOLON BUS ROUTES
No bus passes for play dates or after-school schedule changes can be issued until Sept. 11.
Any requests for stop location changes must be made by completing the change request form, which will be posted September 11.