Bus Transportation

The State of Kansas mandates that any student living 2.5 miles or more from his or her school is to be provided transportation by the local district.

Free transportation will be provided to students who live 2.5 miles or more from school and qualify for state reimbursement to the district. All mileages are calculated from the student's home to the school, and maintained by routing software to provide consistency.

Bus transportation in the Olathe Public Schools is provided under contract by First Student, Inc., and its team of dedicated driving professionals. For more information on service and employment opportunities, contact the branch manager at (913) 782-1050.

Payrider Procedures

For those schools where regular bus routes currently exist, bus transportation is guaranteed and fees apply to Level 1 students.

Level 1 students are:

  • Elementary students who live 1 to 2.5 miles from school.
  • Middle school students who live 1.5 to 2.5 miles from school.
  • Students who live within a transportation safety variance area.

AND who sign up and make payment before the end of registration week.

Students new to the district or a particular school have 30 days to establish their Level 1 status.

Service is also provided on a space-available, first-come, first-serve basis to Level 2 students. A seat on the bus is not guaranteed for Level 2 students.

Level 2 students are:

  • Students not in Level 1.
  • Students signing up after registration week.

Please note:

  • To ride the bus at any time during the year, payment must be made for the full year, regardless of annual or semester payment option selected.
  • No discounts for students who only ride the bus once per day due to activities.
  • Refunds only apply when a student transfers to another school in the district.

Additional Procedures

Bus transportation is available under the following conditions:

  • All students must register with First Student, Inc.
  • Only a parent or guardian may call.
  • Distances are measured from the student's home to the school, not from the bus stop.
  • Students will board the bus at the nearest stop on the route.

Transportation Rate Schedule

The base rate for bus transportation is $290 per school year, but various discounts may apply. All other district payrider conditions and requirements remain applicable.

Please call First Student, Inc. to pay for service, (913) 782-1050.


2014-15 Annual Payment
per Rider

Riders in Family Early bird discount of 25 percent -
May 1-July 3
After July 3 (full price)
First Child $217.50 $290.00
Second Child $195.75 $261.00 *
Third Child $174.00 $232.00 *

Semi-annual Payment
per Rider

Riders in Family Early bird discount of 5 percent -
May 1-July 3
After July 3 (full price)
First Child $137.75 $145.00
Second Child $124.00 $130.50 *
Third Child $110.20 $116.00 *
* The second child in a family receives a 10 percent discount. The third child in a family receives a 20 percent discount. All other riders from a family receive free transportation.

Who Should I Contact?

If you have questions and concerns about student conduct and disciplinary action or interpretation of student guidelines, please contact your school principal.

For questions and concerns about the topics below, please contact First Student, Inc., (913) 782-1050:

  • Driver conduct
  • Bus safety
  • Student injury on bus
  • Bus routes and/or schedules
  • Bus rider eligibility

Questions on transportation of students within our special education programs should be directed to the Assistant Director of Special Services at (913) 780-7006.

For more information, contact Lana Dudzinski, student transportation, (913) 780-7000.

Safety Regulations

Safety is a major concern in the Olathe Public Schools. We continually stress the importance of students being safe riders. The bus ride is an extension of the school day and students are under the supervision of school and bus personnel. For this purpose, video surveillance systems are placed on buses to monitor driver safety standards and student behavior. Audio recording may also be included.

As another safety precaution, the Olathe Public Schools and First Student, Inc. urge parents to inspect their children's clothing and eliminate the potential hazards associated with drawstrings on jackets, sweatshirts and other clothing. Information campaigns by the National Safety Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have caused many clothing manufacturers to eliminate drawstrings from their clothing.

Clothing drawstrings can become snagged on school bus handrails or doors, on playground equipment, on escalators and other mechanical equipment. Incidents of snagged drawstrings or toggles have resulted in injuries and, occasionally, death. The simplest solution is to remove all drawstrings from children's clothing.

In addition to general safety practices, there are various state and district regulations which students must follow when riding the bus.

State Regulations

The following statements are from the "Laws and Regulations Governing School Pupil Transportation in Kansas" and apply to all bus riders.

  • The driver is in charge of all passengers for loading onto, riding in, or unloading from the vehicle. Teachers or other sponsors may be asked to assist with discipline issues. It is the driver's ultimate responsibility to ensure safe transportation for all passengers.
  • The driver cannot require a passenger to leave the vehicle prior to arrival at the destination point.
  • The driver has authority to establish an assigned seating arrangement or to assign seats individually.
  • Passengers awaiting transportation should stand at least 10 feet back from the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • Tobacco products, intoxicating liquor or other alcohol products, or illegal drugs may not be transported or consumed in any vehicle being used for school transportation.
  • There should be no animals, except service animals, transported in a school bus.
  • Passengers should keep all body parts inside the vehicle at all times (i.e., no hands, feet, heads, etc., extended from windows or doors).
  • All passengers should remain seated while the vehicles are moving.
  • No weapons of any type may be transported in these vehicles, except those in use by a law enforcement officer in performance of official duties.

District Regulations

In addition to state regulations, the Olathe Public Schools have has the following rules and regulations to ensure student safety.

  • Read Bus Safety Expectations (PDF)
  • All students should arrive at their bus stops in the morning five minutes prior to the scheduled stop time.
  • Obedience to the orders of the bus driver.
  • No obscene language or gestures.
  • No smoking.
  • No throwing materials from bus windows.
  • No vandalism to property.
  • No excessive talking and unnecessary noises.
  • No fighting.
  • No skateboards.
  • Students must remain seated while bus is moving.
  • Students must not extend their hands, arms or head from bus windows.
  • Students must adhere to safety regulations and other rules and regulations as posed by the contract carrier.

Failing to comply with the established safety regulations may lead to a suspension of bus privileges. For more information, contact Lana Dudzinski, student transportation (913) 780-7000.