Tahlequah Public Schools Transportation Department is looking forward to another successful school year. After the much needed changes that took place in the 2016-2017 school year, discipline issues on our buses were down more than 45%. Our buses traveled 167,608 miles last school year compared to 212,433 miles the previous year. The changes have helped our students with a shorter bus ride and also cut our mileage by 246.29 miles per day.
The 2017-2018 school year will have a few changes as well for our students’ safety. Our number one concern is the safety of our students. In order for us to achieve this, all drivers must have a CDL license, school bus driver certification, and must complete at least 4 hours of professional development throughout the year.
All of TPS buses have been inspected by our own OSAC certified school bus inspectors, and meet all state requirements. All buses must have a pre-trip and post-trip inspection performed by the driver every day. This helps insure the bus is in safe working condition for our students.
We have radio communication in every bus. Drivers can communicate with the office if they need to. We have also placed monitors on many of our buses to help the drivers and to help maintain discipline. Riding the bus is a privilege and can be taken away from a student if they do not follow the simple bus rider rules.
We are excited for the 2017-2018 school year, and look forward to offering every student the safest possible transportation to and from school. For further information, you may contact the Transportation Department at 918-458-4168. Ask for either Assistant Transportation Director Larry Wood or Office Manager Meri Parks. Also, check out the Tahlequah Public Schools web page for updates and additional information.