A team of 15 students from Timberline Middle School (TMS) took home first place at the Washington State Science Olympiad competition in April.
At this time there is no change to our offering of transportation services, however our ability to transport all students may be limited due to special education routes and a reduced number of drivers. A survey has been sent to K-5 parents to determine who plans to have their child ride the bus and routes will be developed based on that input. We anticipate reduced ridership which will help support physical distancing. If numbers exceed our ability to transport, adjustments may need to be considered such as increasing walk zones and reconfiguring routes. Our ability to expand routes depends on the number of available bus drivers. The district is recruiting for bus drivers now.
Transportation Health and Safety Protocols
Parents must evaluate students for symptoms of illness and take students temperature PRIOR to sending them to the bus stop. If their student is sick, the parent would need to keep them home from school.
What are the expectations for students on the bus?
- Students will wear a mask and maintain physical distance while waiting at the bus stop.
- Masks are required while on the bus.
- All windows at the front and rear of the bus and all roof hatches will be open to maintain proper ventilation and to create a circulation of air flow – students should dress appropriately for the bus ride .
- In the morning, at the bus stop, students will load and fill the seats from back of the bus to the front of the bus.
- Students should sit one student per seat as much as possible to maximize physical distancing. If students need to share seats, they should always remain seated and facing forward.
- Siblings/household members should always sit together in the same seat.
- At the school, the driver will remind students to remain seated. Students will exit the bus from front to back.
- In the afternoon going home, students will load the bus from back to front based on bus stop – last bus stop in the back, first bus stop in the front.
- Eating and drinking on the bus is not permissible.
- Students should maintain physical distance when entering and leaving the bus.
- Each bus will have high touch points, including seats and handles cleaned between routes and will be spray-disinfected at the end of each day.
Ill student onboard
- If a student appears to be ill while onboard the student will be assigned to a specified row.
- Driver will call dispatch to notify the school.
- The student will be sent to the health room upon arrival.
Routes for K-1 will be communicated out to parents no later than February 16, 2021.
The district provides transportation only to those students living outside a one-mile radius, unless the district has reviewed walk routes and determined no safe walk routes are available. Within that boundary, our practice allows for elementary students to walk up to one and a half miles to school and middle and high school students to walk up to two miles. Students with walk distances that exceed these limits are eligible for bus service. These guidelines are used to establish all walk boundaries for the Lake Washington School District.
If your student is eligible for transportation, you will receive a postcard in the mail each year, before school begins, listing the bus information for your student(s). This postcard contains the route number; bus stop location; and time of pick up and drop off. If you did not receive a postcard or would like to confirm the information, you can look it up online, by using the above School Assignment & Bus Finder tool. Postcards are based on the route information on the date they were printed and are subject to change, we recommend that you check the online route information the day before school starts to verify there are no changes.
Parents will be contacted by the driver with route information for special needs students and preschoolers.
Bus routes may change slightly as the year goes on. Please check the School & Bus Finder on this page for current route information.
Transportation also has tool that allows you to view the estimated time of arrival for your bus. More information is available on the My Stop App page.
Director of Transportation Services
Bus stop questions
If you have a question about a bus stop, contact the Transportation Department at 425-936-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls and emails are answered in the order in which they are received. The Transportation Department receives a high volume of calls at the beginning of the school year. We appreciate your patience as we respond as quickly as possible.