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Babysitter/Daycare Information

 
FAIRFIELD CITY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
BABYSITTER/DAYCARE INFORMATION*
 

*Please note: The following student bus service information is for Fairfield City School District students only. Parents of bus riders attending a non-public school should contact the transportation department at 513-829-6603. Thank you!
 
April 2021
 
Dear Parents:
 
We are happy to be able to provide a service that many parents find useful, which is
having the school bus pick up or drop off students at a location other than their home, usually
a babysitter's home or a daycare center. In order to provide this transportation service, the
babysitter's home or daycare center must be in the same attendance area as the school that the
child attends.
 
Although the school district understands that unexpected situations sometimes arise, in
order to ensure each student's safety, pick up and drop off arrangements need to be the same
every day that the student rides the bus.
 
Example: A student is picked up at home before school, and dropped off at a babysitter's
house after school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday the babysitter
brings the child to school and picks the child up after school. This is acceptable; as the
arrangements are the same every day the student rides the bus.
 
Example: A student is picked up before school and dropped off after school at a daycare
center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Friday the parents would like the
child to be picked up and dropped off at home. We would not be able to accommodate this
request, as the arrangements are not the same for each day the student rides the bus. With
transporting more than 7,500 students to n-multiple schools daily, we do not have the capacity
to safely manage daily variations in pick-up and drop-off arrangements for individual
students.
 
Please remember to complete a new Transportation information form in Final Forms with
information for the coming school year. Forms will be available in Final Forms beginning
June 1. The completion of this form will ensure that your child's transportation
arrangements are in place by the start of the next school year. Bus routing is a complicated
and lengthy process and it is very helpful for us to have this information for your child before
route planning begins. We have already begun working on bus routing for the 2021-2022
school year.

Some daycare providers and babysitters also provide transportation. Parents should work
directly with them if those services are to be used.
 
The Fairfield City School District also offers a latchkey program. All elementary schools
offer latchkey before school and after school. Please contact your child's school for more
information.

We want your child's entire school day, including the morning and afternoon bus rides, to
be as enjoyable as possible. To help with that. I have included with this letter some of the
most frequently asked questions and answers about our school bus service. Please take a
moment to review these to help you with your planning.
 
Sincerely,
 
Billy Smith
Superintendent


Transportation Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most commonly asked general questions that are received in relation to
transportation of students.

How can I find out the location and time(s) of my child's bus stop?
• As soon as the bus routes and schedules are set, student information will be posted at each
school. The routes should be availal]le in mid-August. Parents of Fairfield City School District
and Sacred Heart students will have the added option of accessing the District website to obtain
bus stop information. Follow the Transportation link to the option "Enter your address, Get bus
stop information". You will then enter your child's address to get the closest available)le bus stop
locations and times. If there are questions about the route or bus stop, please contact the Transportation Department at 513-829-6603.
 
What are some helpful safety tips for riding the school bus?
• Arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes early. Wait in your "designated place of safety". This is
a state-mandated location, determined by the bus driver, as a safe location for students to wait
for the bus.
• While waiting, respect other individuals, their possessions, and surrounding property. Stand
still and be cautious as the bus arrives.
• The district's responsibility begins when students board the bus and ends, in the afternoon,
when the bus departs from the stop. It is recommended that elementary students be
accompanied by parents/guardians to the bus stop.
• If you must cross the street to be picked up or dropped off, obey the driver's hand signal and
cross ten (10) feet in front of the bus.
• Enter the bus calmly, sit in the assigned seat, and remain seated at all times.
 
What is `state minimum' transportation?
• State law requires transportation only for students in grades K-8 who reside more than two
(2.0) miles from school. With state minimums, grades 9-12 transportation does not have to be
provided; however, a shuttle from the high school to a member vocational school is required. In
addition, all school districts have an obligation to transport students with special needs as
identified in those students' Individual Education Plans. We are well above the state minimum
and will continue to look at ways to decrease costs by extending some bus stops and walking
areas.
 
What is the maximum time a student may ride his/her school bus in Ohio?
• There is no identified length of time that districts are obligated to meet. It is up to the school
district to manage the length of time students ride their bus. Ride times vary by traffic, locality, and numerous other criteria; therefore, ride times may vary for each school. The Fairfield City School District is committed to making them as short as possible.
 
Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop locations?
• Bus stop locations are determined by the Board of Education. Students in Ohio may be
assigned to a bus stop up to one-half (.5) mile from their 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 provides additional peace of mind to the parent.
 
Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop?
• While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, many students routinely walk
safely in grassy areas along roadways to reach the bus stop. This is another important reason to
accompany your child to the bus stop.
 
I want my child to wait inside my house/car until the bus arrives at the stop. Is this allowed?
• Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. The Fairfield City
School District recommends students arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the arrival
of the bus. Bus drivers must count the students at the bus stop before they load and 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. Therefore, the driver cannot be certain all the students are
safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one
chases after a bus, which is very dangerous.
 
My child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) but special transportation is not being
provided. Why is this?
• A child who has an IEP only receives special transportation when the IEP team designates such
as a "related service." If special transportation is not included in the IEP, your child will be
transported similarly to regular education students. If you have questions regarding special
transportation please contact the Special Services Department (513) 829-4311).
 
Who do I call if I have other questions?
• Please feel free to call our Transportation Department, 513-829-6603. It is open year-round,
including all summer.