School Buses

School Buses

Due to boundary and school start time changes, bus route information for the 2019-2020 school year will be available at the end of August.

New Bus Ridership Tool

Bend-La Pine Schools My Bus Stop, parents, guardians and students know where their school bus is and what time it will show up at their home stop — all from a smart phone, mobile device or computer.

Bend-La Pine Schools My Bus Stop graphically displays the school bus's location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to your student’s bus stop. The school bus's location is automatically updated and the ETA is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while in route.

New this year, families will be able to opt into a new system that will allow them track when their child enters and exits the school bus with the new Radio Frequency Identification Device cards (RFID).

Learn more about this new tool on our My Bus Stop page

Bus Route Lookup

Lookup information about the 2018-19 school bus routes.

Walking Routes to School

Families of students who walk to school can check out resources for recommending walking and biking routes to follow.

Safe Routes to School

Safe and Caring

Our drivers are the first contact many students have with school each morning and the last contact they have each afternoon. Our goal is to make that experience a safe, positive and caring one for all students.

By the Numbers

  • 1,600,000 miles driven each year
  • 8,000 students transported to and from school each day
  • 3,000 trips each year
  • 130 licensed bus driver employees
  • 70 regular routes
  • 26 routes for special programs

Transportation Basics

Bend-La Pine Schools operates transportation services for elementary students who live more than 1 mile from their schools and for secondary students who live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, as required by state law.

Many students with special needs qualify for special transportation if they cannot access school without it. Special transportation must be included in the child’s individualized education plan (IEP).

Only children eligible for transportation services will be transported. Parents may not ride buses with their students. Children who are not in school are not allowed to ride the bus. It is Bend-La Pine Schools’ goal to provide safe and economical student transportation.

There are responsibilities and rules for each member involved in the transportation system: staff, students and parents. We ask parents to become familiar with the rules and procedures and discuss them with their child.

Students and Parents

Bend-La Pine Schools has established a code of conduct and disciplinary procedure to ensure that students comply with safety rules while using the transportation system. The code of conduct includes a list of rules adopted by the Oregon State Department of Education, as well as a list of additional rules adopted by the District. The code of conduct and procedures can be found in Board Policy EEACC and Administrative Regulation EEACC-AR (Student Conduct on School Buses). Students and their parents should familiarize themselves with the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation.

The following items are not allowed on the bus: animals, glass containers, aerosol cans, skateboards, fishing poles, snowboards, hockey or lacrosse sticks, weapons or look-alike weapons, golf clubs, helium balloons, skis, shovels or laser pens.

Roller blades and shoes with wheels must be transported in a duffel bag or backpack. Craft projects must be in a bag or box. Any item used in an unsafe manner may be confiscated and the student must bring a parent to the Transportation Department office to retrieve it.

What If...

My child is late... If your child fails to return home at his/her expected time, contact the school first. Please keep in mind there may be many reasons for a bus to be late on its route. A bus could be late if there is a substitute driver, if there are mechanical problems, traffic tie-ups, inclement weather, or poor road conditions.

My child receives a bus slip... The district maintains a discipline and appeals procedure to insure students follow the student conduct and safety rules while using the transportation system. In most cases, at least one warning slip will be issued prior to the suspension of transportation. Suspension may be appealed in writing to the Transportation Supervisor.

I have a concern about the transportation service... We ask that you first call the Transportation Department at 541-355-5700 in Bend or 541-355-5750 in La Pine. The staff at the Transportation Department will relay your message to the driver and he/she will get back to you. If you are unable to resolve your concern, please discuss the situation with the Transportation Supervisor.

During inclement weather, how will I know if schools will be open or buses will be running on time... Please call the Weather Delay/Closure Line at 541-323-SNOW

Route Information

Bus route information is available at each school, the transportation offices in Bend and La Pine and online. Bus routes and stop times may be adjusted at any time. If your child fails to return home at his/her expected time, contact the school first. Please keep in mind there may be many reasons for a bus to be late on its route. A bus could be late if there is a substitute driver, if there are mechanical problems, traffic issues, inclement weather, or poor road conditions.

Stopping for School Buses

School buses must follow all the traffic regulations that apply to individual motorists. Oregon school buses are equipped with flashing amber and flashing red lights near the top of the bus on the front and at the rear of the bus. The flashing amber lights are turned on to warn traffic that the bus is about to stop to load or unload children. When the red lights begin to flash, drivers traveling in either direction on any road, street, or highway must stop before reaching the bus and remain stopped until the flashing red lights are turned off. The school bus law applies if you are on a highway with two, three, or four lanes of traffic.

Use of Charter Buses

Bend-La Pine Schools may utilize charter bus services as needed for student transportation. All charter services are provided by student activity bus certified providers, as authorized by the Oregon Department of Education. Parents will be notified prior to the use of a charter bus.

Video Cameras

Video cameras are used on Bend-La Pine Schools’ transportation vehicles. They may be used to monitor student behavior on Bend-La Pine Schools’ vehicles transporting students to and from curricular and extracurricular activities. Students in violation of District conduct rules shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with established Board Policy and Oregon Administrative Rules governing student conduct and discipline. Video equipment may also be used to monitor the performance of Bend-La Pine Schools employees in the fulfillment of their duties in District vehicles transporting students to and from curricular and extracurricular activities. Any illegal acts videotaped on Bend-La Pine Schools’ vehicles will be turned over to the appropriate personnel and/or law enforcement authorities.

The Driver

To become an Oregon School Bus Driver, a person must meet very specific requirements established by federal and state law. Drivers for Bend-La Pine Schools are expected to maintain discipline while operating the bus in a safe manner. Each driver has received several types of training. In addition to behind-the-wheel training, the drivers are required to attend on-going instruction and to be proficient in first aid procedures and student behavior management.

Contact Us

Bend Office (Bus Barn)
501 SE 2nd Street

Regular Routes:

Special Programs Routes:

Bend Office Fax:

Bend Special Programs Fax:

La Pine Office
16350 1st Street

La Pine Fax:

Bus Route Lookup

Bus Route Lookup:
Lookup information for 2018-19 bus routes

Special Routes for School Year 2019-2020:

For information about bus routes to Amity Creek, Highland, Westside Village, Bear Creek, Juniper (TAG), REALMS, Cascade (TAG), Spanish Dual Immersion or COIC, contact Janelle Bennett Gossett.

Attendance Area

To find your neighborhood school of attendance, visit our Attendance Areas page.