The 2017-18 Transportation Bus Application is here! Please print and fill out appropriate forms and mail with payment to the Transportation Department 710 Huasna Road Arroyo Grande CA 93420. The Transportation Office only accepts checks or cash. Office Hours are 8am to 4pm. Please call (805) 474-3100 if any further assistance is needed. Thank you. The 2017-178application will be accepted throughout the school year. Payment must be included at time application is received; or application will be returned. Visit the link below to submit an online payment for bus service payments. If paying online, please forward a copy of online confirmation # with application; or application can not be processed. Click on the application below: Transportation App 2017-18 Application for Meals 2017-18 Aplicacion de Autobus 2017-18 Aplicacion 2017-18 **Applications must be signed and turned in. They cannot be signed electronically.** Transportation – Bus Pass Fees / How To Pay For the 2017-2018 school year, the current bus fees are: $280.00 = Regular fee per student or $64.00 per student to start and $27.00 per month per student for 8 months (Amount is averaged for 10 months) Stated fees include $10.00 bus pass fee. $145.00 = Reduced fee per student* or $37.00 per student to start and $13.50 per month per student for 8 months. (Amount is averaged for 10 months) Stated fees include $10.00 bus pass fee. $145.00 = One way pass (AM only or PM only) or $37.00 per student to start and $13.50 per month per student for 8 months. (Amount is averaged for 10 months) Stated fees include $10.00 bus pass fee. $10.00 = Annual fee for Free Transportation* *based on income – you must complete the 2017-2018 Free or reduced fee meal/bus application, in addition to the 2017-18 Bus Pass application to qualify for Free or reduced Transportation fees. Monthly payments are due on the 1st of every month for that month. If paying online, forward copy of online payment with application. NOTE: THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE ONLY ACCEPTS PAYMENTS IN CASH OR CHECK. IF YOU WANT TO PAY BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD, YOU MUST USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION PRIOR TO COMING INTO THE OFFICE. Click here for Online Payment (external link) Walk-in or mail your application with payment to: Transportation Department View Larger Map 710 Huasna Road Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 The Transportation Office only accepts checks, cash, or money orders. Transportation is located at the end of Branch Street driving through the Village of Arroyo Grande, We are located at the Intersection of Branch & Huasna on the right side of Huasna where the school buses can be seen. Transportation – Bus Payment Program – FAQ Questions Do I have to full out an application for Transportation each year? When can I complete a transportation application? How much is the transportation fee? Is assistance available if I cannot afford the transportation fee? When are transportation fees due? How do I pay transportation fees for the initial application? I would rather not pay the full $280 transportation fee for the entire year right now. What can I do? What happens if I move during the school year? I’m an emancipated student, do I still have to pay transportation fees? Please tell me about the bus pass. Can my child ride the bus to or from a relative, baby sitter, or my work address before or after school? What if my child loses his/her bus pass? What will happen if my child boards the bus without his/her bus pass? What are the bussing limits? Which students are eligible to ride school busses? We have already paid our transportation fees but will no longer be using the bus. Can I have a refund? We have already paid our transportation fees for the year, but now we’re moving to another school district. Can I get a refund? Answers Q1 Do I have to fill out an application for transportation each year? A1 Yes you must complete a new Transportation application each year. Q2 When can I complete a transportation application? A2 Transportation applications can be completed starting July 15th for the next school year, or anytime during the school year. Q3 How much is the transportation fee? A3 The Fee Schedule for transportation is as follows: 1st and 2nd student per family = $280.00 each student per year 3rd student and more per family= $145.00 each student per year Q4 Is assistance available if I cannot afford the transportation fee? A4 Providing that the student is eligible for bus transportation based upon residence and school of attendance, the District will offer assistance to families who meet the income eligibility guidelines. If you are applying for free or reduced-fee transportation fees, you must complete the current year application for Free and Reduced-price Meals/Bus application, in addition to the bus pass application, and bring them with you to the Transportation office. We will forward the original meal application to Food Services. The reduced-fee rate shall be $145.00 per year per student. If you qualify for Free meals, there will be a $10.00 fee for the bus pass only. Q5 When are transportation fees due? A5 Transportation fees must accompany the initial application, or the application will be returned as incomplete. See Question 7 regarding monthly transportation fees. Q6 How do I pay transportation fees for the initial application? A6 For your convenience: a.) You may pay your student’s transportation fee online. The electronic payment system is located on Lucia Mar’s Transportation home page “Welcome to Transportation”. You may pay by credit card or by providing your checking account information for electronic withdrawal. REMEMBER: IF YOU ARE PAYING THE INITIAL FEE ONLINE, YOU STILL NEED TO MAIL OR DELIVER THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR BUS SERVICE TO THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE, ALONG WITH CONFIRMATION OF THE ONLINE PAYMENT. b.)If you are making a payment by check or money order, mail or bring with the completed application to the LMUSD Transportation office. Make checks payable to LMUSD Transportation. c). If you are paying by cash, please come to the Transportation Office at 710 Huasna Rd, in Arroyo Grande. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CASH. THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE ACCEPTS CASH OR CHECKS ONLY. IF YOU WANT TO PAY BY CREDIT OR DEBIT YOU MUST MAKE THE PAYMENT ONLINE PRIOR TO COMING INTO THE OFFICE. Q7. I would rather not pay the full $280.00 transportation fee for the entire year right now. What can I do? A7. You may contact the Transportation office at (805) 474-3100 to request a monthly payment plan. All monthly payment are due the first of the month for that month. Initial fees for Full pay are $64.00 to start and $27.00 per month for 8 months. Initial fees for Reduced or One way (AM only or PM only) are $37.00 to start and $13.50 per month for 8 months. Both fees already include the $10.00 fee for the bus pass. Q8. What happens if I move during the school year? A8. You must advise the school and provide proof of your new residence to the school. You also need to advise the Transportation Department of your new address. If you remain eligible to transportation services after your move, you will need to obtain a new bus pass for the new bus stop. The old bus pass must be surrendered to the Transportation Department. There will be a $10.00 fee to replace the bus pass. Q9. I am an emancipated student. Do I still need to pay transportation fees? A9. No. Emancipated students are exempt from any bus transportation fees. You must contact Families in Transitions (805) 474-3900 and they will contact us to set up transportation for you. The school counselor can also help you with this. Q10. Please tell me about the bus pass. A10. A bus pass will be issued to each student who has submitted a bus pass application and has paid fees. The pass is the property of Lucia Mar Unified School District and students may be asked to have their pass replaced if the information cannot be read clearly. Possession of a current bus pass entitles students to ride to and from their designated school and bus stop only, on their assigned bus. Students will be assigned to the bus stop that is closest to their residence. LMUSD has implemented the ZPassPlus tracking system for bus passes. All students riding the bus must swipe their bus pass each time they get on and off the bus. Parents have an option of putting a free app on their smart phone to send them a message that their child has gotten on and off the bus. Q11. Can my child ride the bus to or from a relative, baby sitter, or my work address before or after school? A11. No. Possession of a current bus pass entitles students to ride to and from their designated school and bus stop only, on their assigned bus. Students will be assigned to the bus stop that is closest to their residence. We do not transport students from an address closest to a relative, baby sitter, or work address. Q12. What if my child loses his/her bus pass? A12. Bus passes that are lost, stolen, mutilated or damaged must be replaced at a cost of $10.00. Please contact the transportation office at (805) 474-3100, or come into the office to request a replacement bus pass. Q13. What will happen if my child boards the bus without his/her bus pass? A13. Procedures for all students who board a bus without a bus pass is as follows: The student will be provided bus transportation. The student will receive a verbal warning that he/she needs to carry a bus pass. A notice will be filed with the Transportation Department and parent(s)/ guardian(s) will be informed of the warning by mail. The letter will state the reason for verbal warning and a date to comply. If by that date, the Transportation Office has not received the completed 2017-18 school bus application and payment, your child will no longer be permitted to ride the school bus. Q14. What are the bussing limits? Which students are eligible to ride school busses? A14. Per LMUSD Board Policy No 3550, Business, Transportation, the following criteria will determine which students are eligible for home-to school transportation: High School students (grades 9–12) who live more than three (3) miles from school of residence Middle School students (grades 7-8) who live more than two (2) miles from school of residence Elementary School students (grades 1-6) who live more than two (2) miles from school of residence Kindergarten Students who live more than three-quarters (3/4) of a mile from school of residence NOTE: WE DO NOT BUS STUDENTS WHO ARE ON AN INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER. Q15. We have already paid our transportation fees but will no longer be using the bus. Can I have a refund? A15. No. Refunds for bus transportation fees paid will be made to parent(s)/guardian(s) only when a student leaves the district. Q16. We have already paid our transportation fees for the year, but now we’re moving to another school district. Can I get a refund? A16. Yes. You may request a refund in writing and send your request along with the student’s bus pass to the Transportation office. The refund will be prorated according to the number of unused days based on the date of disenrollment. A $20.00 processing fee will apply.