Transportation

Transportation Telephone 344-0211 or 772-2349

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Bus Route Information


Bus Rider Route Information

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Riding other buses for the purpose of going home with friends, going to non-school meetings and clubs, private lessons, or any other personal conveniences will not be approved.

School Bus Rules

The mission of the Transportation Department is to transport students to and from school in a safe, caring and disciplined environment, with students understanding the acceptable standards of conduct.

The rules of the bus are posted in the front of each school bus. They are as follows:

1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and students must obey the driver.

2. Students shall keep assigned seats at all times with arms and heads inside the bus. If the bus has working seatbelts, seatbelts must be worn.

3. Eating, drinking, using tobacco products or chewing gum WILL NOT be allowed on the school bus.

4. Anything that interferes with student safety will not be allowed, such as: fighting, profanity, abusive language, large or sharp objects, fireworks, balls, bats, radios, tape players, animals, glass containers, etc.

If a student chooses to not follow the rules, the consequences will be as follows:


1st Offense Warning – Driver/Student Conference (parent notification)

2nd Offense Driver/Student Conference, change seat assignment, possible Assistant Principal and Student Conference (1st referral to Assistant Principal; mini conference will take place with Assistant Principal, student, and bus driver; parent will be called)

3rd Offense 2nd referral to Assistant Principal, final warning, contact parent to warn that suspension from the bus is possible

4th Offense 3rd referral, bus suspension (1 day)

5th Offense 4th referral, bus suspension (3 days), mandatory parent conference

Serious Offense Immediate referral to Principal/Assistant Principal

Bus Safety

When you are waiting for the school bus, you should wait at the bus stop, and stand well back from the curb.


When you get off the bus:

• Look to the rear of the bus before you step off the bottom step. Our friends at the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute tell us that more and more motorists are passing stopped school buses on the right shoulder - where the door is.

• Take (five giant steps) straight out the bus door, and out of the danger zone.

• Make sure you have eye contact with the driver, and wait for the driver to signal you before you cross in front of the bus.

• Never go back for anything you have left on the bus.

• Never bend down near or under the bus.

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Transportation Changes and Early Sign Out Procedures

If at any time during the year you need to change the way your child goes home:

Use your child's planner or message the teachers using Class Dojo to notify us in WRITING if your child must go home different from their usual manner. Emergency requests must be approved by administration by 2:15 pm that day.


Early Sign Out

If you must sign your child out prior to the end of the school day, Your child must be signed out prior to 2:45 pm. After 2:45 pm students will be sent their usual way home. Thank you for understanding.

Arrival Procedures

Parents are permitted to walk their child to class on August 10, 13, 14, 15.

Arrival

Kid’s Exchange Morning Care

Students registered for morning care may be dropped off between 6:30 AM and 8:15 AM. in the IB Cafeteria. You must walk your child into the cafeteria. After 8:15 AM please report to the PLC Car Loop.

PLC Car Loop

Students will be dropped off along the car rider line no earlier than 8:20 AM. When the gates are open students will need to remain outside until the doors open at 8:30 AM. Students will sit in designated grade level areas. Free breakfast is served in both cafeterias from 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM. Students not attending breakfast will report directly to their assigned classroom.

PLC Car Loop Gates will close at 8:55 AM. – If gate is closed parents will need to drive to IB building to drop off student.

Dismissal Procedures

Dismissal

PLC Car Loop

Students will be picked up at the PLC Car Loop in front of the PLC Building. All parents picking up will need to stay in the car line, showing their carpool tag(s) with the child’s name, and wait for a number that will be given to them by school personnel. Once that number has been given, parents picking up the student will go to the designated numbered cone where the student will be waiting. Please do not leave your car to get your child. The student will be assisted in the car by Gulf Elementary personnel and/or safety patrols. To avoid any accidents, please DO NOT go around other cars to exit. Please wait until the car in front of you moves forward. If you do not have carpool tag please pull up past cone 1, next to the curb. Please park your car and walk to the PLC Office with your driver’s license. Person picking up student must be on the Emergency Card. If not please expect a delay in picking up your child. The PLC Car Loop gate will close at 3:40 PM. After 3:40 PM please report to the IB Office to pick-up your child.


IB Car Loop -Students receiving Special Education Services ONLY

Students in designated classrooms with the designated IB Car Loop Tag will be picked up at the IB car loop in front of the IB Building using the inner lane closest to the curb. All parents picking up will need to stay in the car line, showing their carpool tag(s) with the child’s name and Gulf Elementary personnel will bring your child to your car.


Kid’s Exchange After School Program

Students enrolled in our after school program will not be permitted to be picked up until 3:45 PM. If you need to pick up your child prior to 3:45 PM you will need to write it in your child's planner or contact the school to inform your child to report to the PLC Car Loop. Parents will not be permitted to pick-up students from the IB Office between 3:10-3:40 PM.


IB & PLC Walkers "Safe-Walk Zone"

In order for your child to be considered a walker they will need to live within Gulf Elementary school “Safe-Walk Zone” (a two mile range per Florida Statute) delineated by the District or have a parent currently employed at Ida Baker High School. If you currently do not live within the “Safe-Walk Zone” please plan accordingly for to pick your child up in the PLC Car Loop or arrange for bus transportation. Please keep in mind the safety of our students is our first priority.


  • IB Walkers


Students will report to the IB Foyer and wait for buses to be dismissed at 3:25 PM. Students will be escorted to the entrance gates of Gulf Elementary IB Building.


  • PLC Walkers


Students will report to the end of the Red Hallway and will be escorted by Gulf Elementary personnel to the cross walk on Aqualinda Blvd.



Severe Weather Dismissal

In the event there are thunderstorms, lightning and/or heavy rains, all walkers will be taken to the IB Building for dismissal. Students not picked up by 3:45 PM will be taken to the IB office to call home. Pending the distance of lighting dismissal may be delayed for the safety of our students and staff.