• Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: Who is eligible to receive school bus transportation to and from school?
    A: The eligibility of students to receive school transportation services has been defined in Florida Statutes Section 1006.21, to include the following:

    Pre-kindergarten disability programs and kindergarten through grade 12 students whose homes are
    more than a reasonable walking distance, from the nearest appropriate school. A reasonable walking
    distance for a student is defined by the Florida Department of Education Administrative Code as; “any
    distance not more than two (2) miles between the home and the school or one and one half (1-1/2)
    miles between the home and the assigned bus stop”.

    Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students with special needs or disabilities, regardless of the distance
    from home to school.

    All students enrolled in a Teenage Parent Program and the registered children of such students.
    Elementary age children who live within two miles of their assigned elementary school and who are
    subject to hazardous walking conditions as defined in Section 1006.23.

    Q: If a student resides within the 2-mile Parent Responsibility Zone of their assigned school and is not eligible for transportation, are there any exceptions?
    A: By law, the State of Florida provides transportation funding for regular education students that live 2 or more miles from the school. The exception to this is for those students receiving special needs services through placement in an Exceptional Education Program, and have an active Individual Education Plan (IEP), or been approved under the guidelines of Policy 504.

    Q: How are bus routes and walking distances established?
    A: As per Florida Department of Education Rules 6A-3.001, Basic Principles for Transportation of Students, all school bus routes shall be so planned and adjusted to the capacities of available equipment and school buses should be so chosen and assigned to routes and attendance areas that insofar as practicable the full capacity of each bus will be utilized, without standees, to serve students whose homes are beyond reasonable walking distance of the assigned public school center. A reasonable walking distance for any student who is not otherwise eligible for transportation pursuant to Section 1011.68, Florida Statutes, is any distance not more than two (2) miles between the home and school, or one and one-half (1½) miles between the home and the assigned bus stop. Such distance shall be measured from the closest pedestrian entry point of the property where the student resides to the closest pedestrian entry point of the assigned school building or the assigned bus stop. The pedestrian entry point of the residence shall be where private property meets the public right-of-way. The district shall determine the shortest pedestrian route whether or not it is accessible to motor vehicle traffic.

    Q: What can a parent/guardian do if they believe that the distance from the student’s registered address to the assigned school has been calculated incorrectly and feels that the distance is over 2 miles or that the walking route to the school is hazardous for the student?
    A: A parent or guardian may request the walking route be checked for distance by the Transportation Department and/or inspected to determine if it meets the criteria for hazardous walking as set forth in Florida Statute 1006.23. To request this service, contact the Transportation Department Call Center at 352-536-8087 or email bus@lake.k12.fl.us. Remember hazardous walking only applies to students in grades K-6.

    Q: Can my student be dropped off at the local recreational center, daycare or other after-school program?
    A: Courtesy busing was discontinued beginning  the 2013-2014 school year, including any regular special trips. An occasional request for a student to ride a different afternoon bus than he or she is assigned to may be allowed by school administration, permitting there is seat availability on the bus requested. A parent or guardian should write a note to the school principal detailing the specific request.

    Q: My child is on a zone waiver at a school rather than attending my zoned school. Can I take them to the nearest stop and let them ride the bus from there?
    A: Transportation is only provided for eligible students attending their zoned school.

    Q: Can I drive my child to an alternative bus stop?
    A: A student is assigned a stop based on their legal address. Students will not be permitted to board at any other location.

    Q: How do I find the location of my child’s bus stop?
    A: You may contact the school that your child attends for the bus schedule, or log on to https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/addresslookup. For more information, call the Transportation Department Call Center at 352-536-8087 or email bus@lake.k12.fl.us.

    Q. Why can't you come further into my subdivision?
    A. The size of a school bus limits how it can be maneuvered in tight places. Most subdivisions are not designed with school bus transportation in mind. Every effort is made to keep our buses on main thoroughfares in an effort to decrease ride time.

    Q: Who is responsible for student safety at a school bus stop?
    A: Parents/guardians of transported students are to ensure:

    The safe travel of their student(s) during the portions of each trip to and from school and home when
    the students are not under the custody and control of the School District, including during each trip to
    and from home and the assigned bus stop when the School District provides bus transportation.
    Students ride only on their assigned school buses, and get off only at assigned bus stops, except when
    the District has approved alternative buses or other temporary arrangements due to an emergency
    • Students are aware of and follow the District’s adopted code of student conduct while the students
    are at school bus stops, and to provide necessary supervision during times when the bus is not present.
    • When the physical disability of the student renders the student unable to get on and off the bus without
    assistance, the parent or guardian provides the necessary assistance to help the student get on and off
    at the bus stop, as required by District policy or the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

    Q: The bus drives right past my house. Why can't it stop at my house?
    A: The higher frequency of stops delays the bus by increasing the number of stops and makes the student ride time longer and the bus route inefficient. Stops are placed to be convenient for groups of students.

    Q: How do I find my school?
    A: Log on to https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/addresslookup and enter address information to locate zoned school and if transportation is available.
    Q: How do I contact the Transportation Department?
    A: For immediate response during business hours, call the Transportation Department Call Center at 352-536-8087 or email bus@lake.k12.fl.us.
    Q. How do I register my child for transportation?
    A. Student transportation eligibility cards are available to print out from the website. Please fill out the card and return to your child’s bus driver.
    Q: If my child is currently riding a bus this year do I have to apply for transportation next year?
    A: Yes, students must register annually to ensure they are qualified for transportation.

    Q: How are transported students notified of their bus schedules?
    A: At the beginning of each school year, the Transportation Department releases bus routing information to the schools as soon as the routes are finished. All schools are provided routing information for their students on a regular basis throughout the school year. Bus route information is also available at https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/addresslookup.