The transportation of 44,000 students every day is a very important job, and one that Columbus City Schools' (CCS) staff take very seriously.
The District's bus drivers go through rigorous background checks, and must have or earn a Commercial Driver's License (with a bus endorsement from the Ohio Department of Education) before they may drive a bus.
We serve students K-12 across the district, along with the Pre-K students with IEPs being served in our CCS classrooms.
Student Bus Stop Release Information
All students in grades Pre-K thru 2nd grade must be met at the bus stop each afternoon by a parent or guardian.
Parents or guardians can grant permission for transportation to release these students without a parent or guardian by completing a “ School Bus Drop-Off Permission Slip” which can be obtained by your student's bus driver.
Is Your Parent Portal Account Activated?
Stay engaged in your child’s education by setting up and signing into the Columbus City Schools Parent Portal. Through the Parent Portal, you’ll be able to securely access valuable information on your student(s):
- Teacher Contact
- Grades and Course Schedules
- Daily Attendance
- Missed Assignments
- Paperless Applications for School Choice, Summer School, and Career Tech
- Update Contact Information
- Pay Fees
- Transportation Information
For more information on the Parent Portal or to set up your account, please visit this page or download the document below.
Bus Bulletin is a website that allows personnel in the school district transportation department to notify you with information regarding your child’s bus. You have the choice to receive text messages, e-mails, or voice notifications on your cell or home phone. Typically, text messages are received within 30 seconds from the time they are sent. This means you know when it still matters, not after the fact.
Do I need to enter information about my children?
No. All we need to know is the school your child attends and the bus that he/she rides. We do not ask for any information that will identify them.
What about people who may try to use this website with less than honorable intentions?
The founders of Bus Bulletin have school-age children who ride buses in a district that uses Bus Bulletin. The safety of ALL children is first and foremost in our minds. In fact, the main reason for creating this software was to reduce the amount of time that a child has to wait beside the road for a bus that is delayed.
We look for users who select an abnormal number of buses and contact district personnel when it happens. In every case it has been district personnel who were responsible for selected buses, or teachers who wanted to receive notifications for buses that transported their students. We also log every notification that is sent and save the log indefinitely, even if the person deactivates their account.
We believe that someone who intends to harm children will find other, more anonymous ways to target children.
In the event that something does happen – we will immediately provide all information to law enforcement agencies.
Is there any cost to register or receive notifications?
Usage of Bus Bulletin is free to parents and students. The school district subscribes to the website, there is no cost to you (although fees from your mobile phone provider may apply for text messages or voice calls; please contact them for details).
Will Bus Bulletin sell or release my contact information?
No. We respect your privacy and will never sell names, phone numbers or e-mail addresses. If the school district or local law enforcement requests the information while investigating a crime we will make it available to them for that purpose.
Will Bus Bulletin send unsolicited text messages or e-mails?
No. Outside of notifications that are generated by the school district; we may contact you to ask for feedback or to advise you of a new feature. But we will not send unsolicited notifications.
Why isn’t my school district using this service?
There are a number of factors that drive what services school districts are able to offer the people they serve (budget, etc.). If BusBulletin.com sounds like something that would be helpful where you live, give your school district a call, or send them an e-mail, and tell them about us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to do if your child misses the bus?
The parent/guardian should immediately call the Transportation Department at 614-365-5074. The Transportation staff will contact the driver of the assigned bus for pick up and verify on our GPS system that the bus did/did not arrive as assigned. If the bus missed the stop we will send another bus as soon as it becomes available, however, if the bus was there the parent/guardian will need to arrange transportation of the child to school.
What if my child left something on the bus?
Call the Transportation Department, 614-365-5074. Any “Lost & Found” item will be stored at the Transportation Department for a period of two weeks.
Keeping Buses Moving
Riding the school bus is a privilege. Your cooperation will be needed to ensure a safe and pleasant ride for your student to and from school. Any student choosing to misbehave could be denied the privilege of riding the school bus.
Students should be at their assigned bus stop waiting for the bus five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick up time. Drivers are not required to wait for tardy students because it will make the balance of the route late. We have many students living on major roads and waiting would cause a traffic hazard.
Students are prohibited from eating, littering, chewing gum, and drinking anything on school buses. Smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, and fighting on school buses will cause immediate termination of bus riding privileges.
Dogs and other animals, glass jars, and things not stored comfortably on a bus seat or that will protrude into the aisle are illegal to transport.
When students are dismissed from school they are to go promptly to their school bus. Drivers are instructed to depart the school five (5) minutes after dismissal.
Drivers shall carry a route schedule on the bus and attempt to conform to it as closely as possible considering traffic conditions, road conditions, and safety considerations.
Drivers shall assign seats to pupils on the school bus.
Drivers are permitted, by law, to use reasonable force and restraint in maintaining order and control in emergency situations.
The transportation of passengers other than the students assigned to the trip is not permitted.