Transportation Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • Dear NAPLS Families,

    The first day of school on August 15 for nearly 5,000 students will soon be here! We are excited to welcome students back-to-school. This update includes important information about school bus transportation eligibility for the 2019-20 school year. Please review in its entirety.

    If eligible, families will be able to view their transportation information in the Ecollect forms in PowerSchool beginning on August 7, 2019. The information includes the student’s  bus number, stop location and time of pick-up and drop-off for the new school year. 

    Please view the additional information below regarding transportation for this school year at New Albany - Plain Local Schools.

    Which students are eligible for school transportation for the 2019-20 school year?

    • Grades 6-12, students living outside the 2-mile radius without a valid student parking permit are eligible.
    • Grades K-5, all students are eligible for transportation.

    Children living beyond the two (2) mile walking distance shall be entitled to bus transportation except for any student that is issued a valid parking permit. These students will not be eligible for bus transportation as long as he/she possesses the valid student parking permit. Exceptions to the foregoing limits may be made in the case of a temporarily or permanently-disabled child who has been so certified by a physician, in the case of adverse safety conditions, or as otherwise approved by the Board of Education.

    For the 2019-20 school year, students in grades K-5 and grades 6-12 will continue to be transported together based upon school day start and end times. Eligible students are only transported from their assigned bus stop to and from school daily. The district does not permit daily bus pass changes.

    With the addition of these required routes and other necessary changes to bus routes for grades K-5, we continue to transport all students in grades K-5, regardless of the two mile walking rule. These students will be eligible for school transportation for the 2019-20 school year. To make this possible, it must be understood that K-5 students may be required to ride three (3) students per seat to and from school daily. School buses must be used to their maximum seat capacity permissible to allow all students in grades K-5 to have access to transportation services.

    Are bus stop locations the same as last year?

    Yes. Bus stops throughout the school district remain centrally located group stops for student pick-up and drop-off. Bus stops are for eligible students only and may be located within one-half (1/2) mile of a student’s home, as permissible by law. 

    If eligible for school transportation, can I/we change my bus stop?

    Eligible students are only permitted to use school transportation from their assigned bus stop location in order to balance routes and meet safety standards. The district only transports students to/from their assigned bus stop. The district does not transport to babysitters, dance lessons, birthday parties, or playdates. 

    What if our family has joint-custody or shared parenting rights for our child(ren)?

    If your child(ren) have a current court ordered custodial or shared parenting agreement on file with the school district and both parents or guardians live within the New Albany Plain Local School District, your family may be eligible to have specified bus stop locations for each parent/guardian based upon your supervision schedule. Please email Linda Honaker via honaker.1@napls.us with the child(ren)’s name(s), grade level(s), parent/guardian names and addresses, and weekly court ordered schedule to determine transportation assignment(s) for your child(ren). 

    If only one of the two parents or guardians resides in the New Albany Plain Local School District, the district will only transport eligible child(ren) to the bus stop assigned to the residential address of the parent/guardian living within school district boundaries. 

    If eligible for school transportation, when do I/we have to be at my/our assigned bus stop?

    Eligible students are required to be at their assigned bus stop at least 5 minutes before the estimated pick-up time. 

    Can my/our assigned bus stop change throughout the school year?

    Yes. For safety purposes, all bus routes remain subject to change at any time during the school year based upon average daily student ridership. If a change is necessary, written notification will be provided to each student at least 48 hours in advance of any change. 

    If I/we are eligible for school transportation and do not need it, can I/we opt out now?

    Yes. The residential parent/guardian may make a request to permanently forego school bus services for the 2019-2020 school year by emailing Linda Honaker, Coordinator of Transportation Services, via honaker.1@napls.us. Please include student name(s), grade level(s), and registered home address.

    Please Note:

    Any high school student issued a parking permit for the 2019-2020 school year will automatically be ineligible for school bus transportation services for as long as he/she possesses a valid parking permit. You do not need to email transportation services to opt-out due to a parking permit.

    Any student enrolled in the Eagles Nest Childcare Program or daycare programs located in the NAPLS district will automatically be ineligible for school bus transportation services for as long as they are enrolled in that program. You do not need to email transportation services to opt-out due to enrollment in one of these programs. Enrollment in these programs indicates the parent’s acknowledgement that they will be responsible for their child’s transportation if they choose to not attend the program on various days. A K-5 student becomes eligible for bus transportation services only if they discontinue enrollment in the above-mentioned programs.

    What if I/we have questions about school transportation?

    All questions regarding school transportation should be emailed to Linda Honaker, Coordinator of Transportation Services, via honaker.1@napls.us. Please include a daytime mobile phone number in the event additional information is necessary for response. We respectfully request that you wait approximately 48 hours for our response to your email message and refrain from calling the transportation department due to the volume of calls received at this time. Questions will be answered in the order received through email response or by calling the mobile phone number provided. Thank you in advance for your patience.

    Thank you,

    Linda Honaker                                                       
    Coordinator of Transportation Services                    
    honaker.1@napls.us                                            

    Jon Hood 
    Director of Student Services, Safety & Security
    Hood.6@napls.us