Students who attend these schools do not have standard bus routes and must call either the school office or the transportation department to determine the student’s route to the school.
iTech office: 360-313-5200
Vancouver Flex Academy office: 360-313-4350
Transportation for language programs
Parents of students who live outside of school boundaries and are selected for this program will be required to provide their own transportation to and from school for as long as the student participates in the program. In limited circumstances, students who live close to the school’s boundaries may be able to ride a bus if the bus is not full and the student is able to travel safely to a nearby stop for pickup/dropoff.
Transportation office hours: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During these hours, dispatchers are available to assist drivers and to answer questions from the public.
If your child receives special education services and you would like him or her to ride the bus to school, please first contact the special services department.
The individualized education plan team determines the need for transportation on an individual basis. Transportation is most often provided for students who are in specialized programs.
Special education bus procedures
Special education students who ride the bus are transported with special education peers. A guardian or established emergency contact person must meet special education students at their bus stop. Emergency contact people should present photo IDs to receive the student. It’s important that contact information for guardians and emergency contact people is kept up to date. If you have recently changed your phone number(s), or have questions about transportation, please contact the transportation department.
Transportation department: what we do
VPS buses running daily
students transported daily
hours behind-the-wheel training
Transportation is responsible for safely transporting students to and from school, athletic events and other school-sponsored events. We have 160 buses that transport 15,000 students daily. Yearly our buses travel almost 2 million miles.
The transportation department also maintains 720 other pieces of equipment.
We have received special recognition from the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction for having high scores on school bus inspections.
GPS technology is used on all of the buses. In the event of breakdowns, accidents or emergencies, GPS is an invaluable tool that enables us to locate our buses and get assistance to them more quickly. GPS also is used daily for nonemergency situations such as when parents call to see if a bus has been at a stop yet or to find out where the bus is on the route. Combined with automated routing software, GPS improves route efficiency, saving time and money.
Cameras and two-way radios are important safety features and are installed on all our buses. Two-way radio transmissions are limited to emergency use in accordance with FCC regulations.
Our school bus driver training program for new substitute drivers includes 32 hours of classroom instruction followed by more than 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training. New drivers must complete this training and receive certification. Permanent drivers are expected to attend mandatory inservice trainings throughout the school year.
Our trained mechanics hold certifications for their particular positions. In addition to providing maintenance and repairs to district buses, the shop also is responsible for servicing 482 additional district vehicles and equipment items.