Office of Transportation Overview
The North Allegheny School District will provide transportation in accordance with the School Laws of Pennsylvania. Students will be notified of their assigned bus stop by mail prior to the start of the school year. Students should arrive at their bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time. In rare occasions, a bus may be delayed. Students should wait at least 30 minutes before leaving their bus stop, unless a parent determines that weather conditions will not allow waiting.
During the 2009-10 school year, North Allegheny's buses traveled over 1.2 million miles transporting students to and from school, on field trips, and for extracurricular activities. North Allegheny's loss claim record is considered exceptional in the school bus industry.
The continued safe and timely transport of all North Allegheny area school age students is our mission.
School Bus Drivers
North Allegheny's school bus drivers are extremely well-trained. Candidates must complete a minimum of fourteen hours of classroom training and six hours of on-the-road training. All drivers must possess a Commercial Drivers License with a School Bus Endorsement. Drivers are subject to two background checks, FBI clearance, drivers license review, and pre-employment drug testing.
Training does not end when a driver becomes licensed. Each year, all drivers attend at least two in-service programs. Every four years, the drivers are required to complete a ten hour recertification. Additionally, drivers are given an annual physical by a District appointed physician. Drivers are also subject to random drug and alcohol testing. More than half of North Allegheny's drivers have been working in the District over ten years.
Safety is of the utmost importance. Each bus is equipped with standard safety items such as a fire extinguisher, safety triangles, a first aid kit, and a body fluid cleanup kit. All safety rules are posted on the bulkhead. Drivers review these rules with students at the beginning of each school year. Bus discipline is the responsibility of each school with input from the driver and his or her supervisor. Classroom behavior is expected while on the bus. Video only cameras have been installed in most buses to aid in this process.
All vehicles are equipped with two-way radios. On days that school is in session, at least one person is staffed in the dispatch office from 5:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The employee in the dispatch office is responsible for answering incoming phone calls and communicating necessary information to drivers.