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Bus routes

Bus routes will continue to be updated before school starts. Please check back prior to the first day of school, August 29 for the most accurate information.

Contact

360-313-4800

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.

Related

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 for magnet programs and programs of choice

Transportation is provided for students who live within Vancouver Public Schools’ boundaries.

All Flex, iTech and VSAA students

ACES, IB, SMT and Medical Arts

Careers in Education, Culinary Arts, Welding

Getting there

Bused from home bus stop to neighborhood middle school and then to magnet program. Bused from home bus stop to neighborhood high school and then to magnet program. Bused from home bus stop to neighborhood high school and then to Fort Vancouver High School for periods 1-3.

Getting home

Bused from magnet to neighborhood middle school and then to home bus stop.

Bused from program to neighborhood high school. Responsible to get home on own. Bused from Fort Vancouver to neighborhood high school for periods 4-6, and then can take bus to home bus stop.

Transportation department: What we do

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VPS buses running daily
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students transported daily
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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.

Bus features

GPS technology

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

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.

Training

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.

Maintenance

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.