Did you know the Fort Zumwalt School District Transportation Department transported 12,000 students to and from school each day last school year? Drivers work hard to know each student on every route. They also work to know the parents and caregivers who meet our youngest students at the bus stop each day. It’s a layer of protection in student safety.

Did you know the FZSD Transportation Department processed more than 10,000 changes to students’ routes last school year? These changes can create confusion that compromises this layer of protection, especially when you consider that 75 percent of those requests were made the same day the student was supposed to go home a different way.

It’s with safety in mind that FZSD has evaluated feedback from parents, school personnel and transportation personnel and designed some modifications to our procedures. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

First, if a student needs to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, for any portion of their route, parents will need to contact the Transportation Department (636-474-8555) the day before the change is needed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Advance notice is essential to reduce confusion and minimize last-minute changes that lead to safety concerns.

If a student is riding their regular bus, but needs to get off at a different stop, parents or school personnel will need to contact the Transportation Department (636-474-8555) no later than noon (12 p.m.) the day the change is needed.

Second, kindergarten bus riders who are riding with a sibling who is a 3rd grader or older may be released from the bus if escorted by that sibling. All other kindergarten bus riders will be released from the bus if a responsible party is at the bus stop to receive the student.

Safety is always our top priority. We appreciate the parents, school officials and transportation employees whose feedback helped us design these modifications. We will continue to improve communication, sending reminders over the summer and when classes resume. It’s our hope these modifications will reduce confusion and strengthen the safety measures we have in place.

Main: 636-240-3138

Change Line: 636-474-8555

CLICK HERE for our interactive map to find your bus stop.

Schwepker, yearbook photo
Jeff Schwepker

Director of Transportation

Audra Coleman
Assistant Director of Operations

Rich Gouge
Fleet Maintenance Supervisor