Some important information and reminders regarding school transportation.
Delays: School bus route pick-up and drop-off times may be delayed.
Staying Updated: We are committed to keeping you updated regarding ETA changes in bus transportation. Whenever there is anticipated delay, we will work to communicate that information promptly via email and/or text notification.
Working Together: During pick-up and drop-off times at schools, please be mindful of school buses entering and leaving school parking lots.
Schools throughout our district have various pick-up/drop-off logistical layouts, which can create congestion points.
When driving or parking at your school, please ensure buses are able to enter and leave school facilities to allow for routes to remain on time.
If you are able, we encourage you to have your child ride the bus. This allows for less traffic in and out of our school parking lots.
We appreciate your patience with our drivers.
Staffing Shortage: The national school bus driver staffing shortage is impacting our district as well. Our bus drivers and staff are doing their very best while we work with fewer bus driving staff and substitutes than past school years.
If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a bus driver, paid training is provided and no experience is necessary. Visit psd401.net/jobs for more information.
The safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate your understanding as we work to make our transportation more efficient.
Please review the following bus safety topics with your student:
Our goal in Transportation is to make the trip to and from school as safe and pleasant as possible for all District students. In an effort to make this happen, please be aware of the following:
Students need to arrive at bus stops 7-10 minutes prior to bus time.
Stop, look, listen and cross only in front of the bus.
Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
All articles must be contained safely; no glass or flammable items, musical instruments must fit on student’s lap.
Inappropriate language, harassment, or bullying on the school bus will not be tolerated.
For your student’s safety, video and audio surveillance is being utilized on most buses. Notices are posted inside the buses that include audio surveillance. As of 2014, Policy and Procedures, 8180 / 8180P and Student Handbooks were updated to include details of our audio surveillance policy.
If your student misses the bus, take him or her to the next bus stop. Do not let students run alongside the bus.
All regular school bus routes are posted on the district website.
The following search tool will help research your student's specific bus stop and times for regular transportation. You will need your child's student ID number that is provided from the school office once the student's enrollment is finalized.
TIP 1: Login using your students' assigned Peninsula School District student ID number and date of birth (modayyear).
TIP 2: Click on "Work with Students."
TIP 3: Click on "View My Students."
TIP 4: Click on student name and view bus number, pickup and drop off time.
Swift Water is unique in that it is the district’s first major walking school. Because so many Swift Water students live close by, many students living in specific neighborhoods will be designated as walkers. No school bus transportation will be provided to these neighborhoods.
Families living in the following neighborhoods are designated as those who need to walk, bike, or choose parent pick-up/drop-off to and from school:
Harbor Hill North
Harbor Hill West
Harbor Hill South
Click on the image of the map for designated walking neighborhoods and the recommended walking routes for your child to use to and from school each day. The walking route plan has been developed based on traffic patterns and traffic controls such as crosswalks, stop signs, traffic lights, and safety patrol posts.
The route limits the number of street crossings children will make and seeks to group children together to increase their visibility and safety. Therefore, the route may not be the shortest way to school, but it is important that children follow the route, even if they have to walk a little farther to get to school.
For more information, please contact Swift Water Elementary at 253-530-4900.
Click the image above to download a map that includes walking route directions for students who reside in walking neighborhoods.