FAQs

What happens if my child leaves something (coat, lunchbox, musical instrument) on the bus?
Usually the driver will attempt to return items left on the bus to the student.  If the item is unmarked, and no one claims it within a day or two, the driver will take it to the school. If an item is needed immediately, please call our office to arrange a way to pick it up.
 
Why do I have to be at the stop five minutes early?
There are many factors that may affect the time a driver arrives at a given stop.  Traffic volume, traffic signals and ferry and bridge traffic have the most impact in our district, but weather issues, drivers waiting for dawdling students, or a substitute driving the route may also cause a driver to be late for a stop. These situations plus differences in clock times, have proven over the years that arriving about 5 minutes early gives a student an adequate window of time to ensure they catch the bus.
 
What time are students released on our early release day (Wednesdays)?
The secondary schools (NKHS/KHS/PMS) release at 1:35 PM, with the exception of KMS which releases at 1:45 PM. The elementary schools release at 3:00 PM.  Please adjust your drop off times by fifty (50) minutes earlier to determine the time to expect your child.  
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Why can't I have a bus stop closer to my house?
Depending on where you live, and how close you are to the school or another bus stop, the location of your house may, or may not qualify for an additional bus stop. We evaluate bus stop requests using criteria developed by the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) that allows us to objectively determine whether a hazardous walking condition exists that would require additional bus service. Please refer to the separate page listed on the left entitled "How do I request a new or different bus stop?" for detailed instructions on the evaluation process.
 
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What does 97% mean?
This is the percentage of North Kitsap School buses that passed annual Washington State Patrol (WSP)inspections in 2017.  During this inspection process every vehicle that transports students is thoroughly inspected by the WSP.  All it takes to have a bus fail is to have one light bulb out anywhere on the bus.  To have such a high percentage of buses pass is quite an accomplishment, and is due to the efforts of our amazing shop staff.
 
How safe is school bus transportation?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "school buses are the safest motor vehicles on the highways."  Children are nearly eight times safer riding a school bus than riding with their own parents or peers.

Why is the bus yellow?
The short answer is because it is a very safe color as it is highly visible. In 1939 the color officially known as "National School Bus Chrome" was adopted at a conference that set national school bus construction standards for the first time. Recently the name of the color was changed to "National School Bus Glossy Yellow." 
 
How hard is it to drive a school bus?
Aside from rigorous and ongoing training in the operation of a school bus, as well as knowledge of and adherance to all of the state and local rules and regulations, a school bus driver must operate a vehicle that is 3 times longer and 5 times heavier than the largest SUVs.  And they must safely operate this vehicle while transporting about 2.5 times as many students as the average classroom, and maintain student discipline while doing it.
 
What happens if a bus gets hurt?
 
Repair
     
We put bandages on it, of course!
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