Transportation is a vital part of the school system.
The first school experience of the day for most children is the school bus
ride. Bath bus drivers are very conscientious for the safety of the
students they transport. If we transport a kindergarten student every day
from his first day of school till the last day before he graduates, we will
transport that student approximately 4,700 times. Many students have the
same bus driver for all 13 years.
School bus drivers are trained professionals. They go through extensive training to obtain a CDL bus driver endorsement on their driver’s license. Bus driver requirements include 16 hours of class room training, 18-22 hours of on-the-bus training with a certified On-Bus Instructor, a driving record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, an Ohio State Bureau of Criminal Investigation & FBI background check, a physical by the Board approved medical physician, drug testing, and extensive driving tests by the State of Ohio. In addition, drivers are required to attend four hours of in-service annually and re-certification training every six years.
The two most common transportation questions asked by parents –
I cannot see my child's bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop locations?
Answer: Students in Ohio may be assigned to a bus stop up to one-half
mile from their home. The law does not require a parent to be able to see
the bus stop from home. We encourage parents to accompany their child to
the bus stop whenever possible. This teaches the child safe habits of
walking to and from the bus stop and may give the parent peace of mind.
Bus stop locations are determined yearly by the Transportation Supervisor with
input from the Bus Drivers. Bus Stops are then approved by the Board of
Can I have my child wait inside of the car or the
house until the bus is at the stop? Answer: No,
Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to the
arrival of the school bus. We recommend 5 minutes prior to the scheduled
arrival time of the bus. Bus drivers are required to count the students
at the bus stop as they approach the bus stop, they load and re-count the
students as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on
board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot
count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on the bus.
Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no students
chase after the bus - this is a very dangerous thing to do. Bus drivers
are not required to stop at locations where no students are waiting.
Bath currently transports over 1,500 students, runs 72 routes a day, and covers over 1100 miles each day. We currently have 19 regular bus drivers. Should you have any questions about Bath transportation please feel free to contact me.
Keanna McNamara, Transportation Supervisor
419-221-0807 ext. 6160