Another school year has passed, but the work still goes on for Tahlequah Public Schools Transportation Department. This is the time of year where we reflect on the past year and focus on any changes we feel need to be made before classes start back. The mission of the transportation department is to safely transport TPS students to and from school. The bus driver is a unique individual, who takes on the responsibility of transporting the most precious cargo. Sometimes we forget how important these people really are. They are the first faces of TPS that most of our students see each day. It is our commitment to make sure all students are greeted properly and start their day by receiving a warm friendly smile and safe trip to school.
As far as changes, the TPS Student Transportation Handbook has been updated, and can be found on the TPS website. We here at the transportation department are always looking to improve rider safety while having a positive impact on student lives as adult role models. All of our buses are equipped with video and audio monitors for rider safety. Tahlequah Public Schools employs 20 route drivers who traveled a combined 178,560 miles over the 2017-18 school year, while transporting over 1,300 students. All bus drivers must complete a minimum of four hours of in-service training per year. They must have a clean driving record and are subject to random drug and alcohol testing during their employment.
All students must have a completed bus contract on file in the transportation office to be able to ride the bus by the first day of school on August 16. Any changes to the bus rider contract must be taken care of before a student is allowed to ride a different route. Please feel free to contact the Transportation Department at 918-458-4168. Assistant Transportation Director Larry Wood, Office Manager Meri Parks, or Transportation Secretary Shawn Pinney will be ready to assist you.