The PVSchools Transportation Department transports more than 10,000 students over a 98-square mile attendance area each day. The department's 250 employees travel more than 2 million miles annually. Our fleet uses alternative fuels.
Who Can Ride
At the elementary school level, pupils in grades one through six living more than 1 mile from school are eligible to ride the school bus. Kindergarten students living more than one-half mile are eligible for transportation. At the middle and high school levels, students must live more than one-and-a-half miles from school to be eligible for transportation.
About Seat Belts
To learn more about school buses and seat belt requirements, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's Kids on the School Bus page.
All students are expected to abide by the bus rules and to show respect for the driver of the bus. Students breaking the rules will be subject to disciplinary action and may suffer the loss of bus riding privileges. Video Monitoring Systems are placed on some transit buses. High school students must display their bus identification in order to ride the bus.
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The safety of students is of primary concern. All students are expected to abide by the bus rules and to show respect for the driver of the bus. Students breaking the rules will be subject to disciplinary action and may suffer the loss of bus riding privileges. Video monitoring systems are on most buses.
High school students must display their bus identification in order to ride the bus. Students attending a school through Open Enrollment are not eligible for district transportation.
Bus RulesAll passengers are under the authority of the bus driver and shall observe the following rules:
Follow the rules; don’t lose your riding privilege.
- Obey the bus driver’s instructions and directions at all times.
- Bus aisles/emergency exits shall remain clear of all objects.
- Stay properly seated with your back against the seat back, your legs facing forward and all parts of your body out of the aisle.
- Keep your head, hands, feet and objects to yourself and inside the bus.
- Talk quietly, use respectful language – no profanity.
- No eating or drinking on the bus (water in plastic bottles is acceptable).
- Animals, insects, skateboards, glass containers, weapons/dangerous instruments, tobacco, alcohol or drugs are not permitted.
- No student has the right to interfere with the safety, well-being or learning of others.
Sandpiper Elementary School
Contact Sandpiper Elementary School directly to confirm the student’s home school. Sandpiper Elementary has transitioned to a full Spanish Immersion elementary school. Non-Spanish Immersion students, depending on grade level, may be assigned Desert Springs Preparatory as their home school.
Transportation's Role in the Journey of Excellence
Each student's journey of excellence would not be possible without timely, reliable transportation to and from school every day. Watch this video to learn about our Transportation team's commitment to our students and their safety: