2021/2022 Transportation Information

Last Updated: 8/6/2021 9:23 AM

Consolidated Stops

Once again this year, we will utilize early/late runs for some routes due to the ongoing nationwide driver shortage. This year, you may notice changes to pick-up and drop-off locations in many neighborhoods. These consolidated bus stops will allow for shorter transit times and allow drivers to complete additional routes as necessary. This will also shorten the time students on late routes wait at school to be transported home in the afternoon.

Eliminated Routes

In addition to consolidating neighborhood stops, we have eliminated three routes where students can safely walk to school. The only areas affected by the elimination of routes are the Northridge neighborhood (elementary and middle school only) and the Hillcrest neighborhood (elementary only), with the exception of the back circle of Ridgemoor Dr. which includes Ridgebrook Ct. and Falls Creek Ct. No other neighborhoods/areas are affected. If you have questions about whether you are included in the elimination of routes, please contact our transportation office at 502-222-9337.

We know this is not ideal, but necessary in order to transport the number of students with the drivers we have.

As we continue to address the shortage of drivers, please consider driving for OCS or asking anyone you know to apply! Drivers are guaranteed at least five hours of daily pay and receive FULL benefits, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, paid sick/personal/emergency leave, and a comprehensive retirement benefit program through the Kentucky Retirement System. 

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Mask Requirements

Per the CDC’s public health order, all individuals MUST wear a mask while on a school bus. This includes OC Preschool students. We must comply with this federal requirement. A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus. 

Bus Notes

Due to Covid related regulations regarding bus transportation, bus notes will not be allowed again this year. This means students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. In addition, students may only get off the bus at their assigned afternoon stop.

FAQ

We hire year round. The pool of applicants continues to decrease not only in Oldham County, but surrounding counties and all across the country. In fact, several school districts in Kentucky had to cancel school this past spring due to lack of drivers to transport students to school. There simply aren’t enough people applying for employment in this sector.

The OCBE recently approved a pay increase for all drivers, but we know this is not the only solution. Surrounding counties who pay more than OCS struggle with the same shortage of applicants, including JCPS. The problem is nation-wide, regardless of pay.

Drivers are guaranteed at least five hours of daily pay and receive FULL benefits, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, paid sick/personal/emergency leave, and a comprehensive retirement benefit program through the Kentucky Retirement System.

No, but this will make the routes shorter, and shorten the time students on late routes wait at school to be transported home in the afternoon.

Door to door service is not required by state regulation. In fact, door to door service can be very inefficient and costly to a district. It is the responsibility of the school district to provide safe and efficient transportation to the students. 

The Kentucky Department of Education only requires districts to transport students with special needs. The district is only reimbursed by the state for students who live more than a mile from their designated school.

The law does not require a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Kentucky may be assigned to a bus stop up to one mile from their home.  We encourage parents to accompany their child to the bus stop whenever possible. Bus stop locations are determined by each district and take into consideration many safety aspects of the area.

School bus stops are placed for safety and efficiency purposes. While we understand the location and schedule may be inconvenient, proper supervision shall be provided by the parent or designee before the bus picks up a child and after the bus drops off the child.

By law, school bus rivers must be CDL certified with a school bus endorsement to transport pupils. This process requires several weeks of training.

We are opening the doors to our middle and high school buildings earlier this year to help with congestion at drop-off and pick-up times. Doors will now open at 7:15 for elementary schools and 8:00 for middle and high schools.

Consider driving for OCS or asking anyone you know to apply! Not only is it a great place to work, but our families and students are the best around. Our on-site mechanic shop is top-notch and our mechanics and dispatch operators are there to provide immediate help and support to drivers. Our routes are shorter than most districts, and you get full-time benefits with as little as five hours of work per day! We will train you on-site to get your CDL and pay you while you train.