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Bus Pass

We are pleased to have an online bus pass application available this year. Due to driver shortages, we will be taking applications on a first-come, first-serve basis this year online only.

We will not be taking walk-in applications this year.

Busing is limited this year and once the buses are full for a specific school, no further applications will be processed. You can request to be put on a waiting list if space opens up on the bus. If you are unable to fill out an application online, you may make an appointment to go in and fill one out here: 

Bus stops will also be limited this year. We will no longer be able to service all previous year’s bus stops nor will we be adding bus stops this year. 

For a list of current bus stops please click this link. Please check the link prior to completing the bus application.  Once the application has been processed you will receive an email or text to come and pick up your bus pass at the Transportation Office. 

Office Hours are 8am to 4pm. The Transportation Office 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 fees will be required this year for all regular education students. If you are applying for low-income or reduced fee transportation fees you must complete the Annual Data confirmation (including the financial section) on Homelink for each student prior to applying for a bus pass. If not completed, you will be charged full fees. Fees must be paid at the time of the application. If fees are not paid, your application will not be processed until fees are received. If you are unsure what you qualify for, please contact the Transportation office at 805 474-3100.


The 2022-2023 application will be accepted throughout the school year providing there is room on the bus. Click on the application below:

English: https://forms.gle/coY12w5G1mHoJmET8

Spanish: https://forms.gle/UQidVTJS4AipQgmP8

 

PAYMENT

Payment Options:

For your convenience, you may pay your student’s bus transportation fee online.  The electronic payment system is located on Lucia Mar’s web site on the Bus Pass page.  You may pay by credit card or by providing your checking account information for electronic withdrawal. There is a small fee charged by the vendor for online payments. Remember; if you are paying online, you still need to submit the completed application for bus service online.  If you are making your payment by check or money order, make your check payable to LMUSD TRANSPORTATION.

 

Online Payment Instructions

 

For initial bus pas payment

 

  1. Go to luciamarschools.org website

  2. Go to District Tab scroll down to Transportation Tab

  3. On Transportation Tab click on Bus Pass Application

  4. Read and follow directions to submit online bus application

  5. To make an online payment click on the link on the Transportation website to MySchoolBucks website:. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/getstoremain

  6. On the Myschoolbucks Home Page click LMUSD logo to get to LMUSD store

  7. Click person button on top right of screen

  8. Click “My student” to add student/s

  9. Click “My billing account” to add payment account

  10. Once account has been added go to Top banner and click on School Store

  11. Select “Bus Pass”

  12. Click “View Details”

  13. Click “Amount to Pay” and enter amount

  14. Select student you are paying for

  15. Add to cart if you are paying for more than one student, or click “Buy now” to pay

  16. If paying for more than one student, click on Shopping Cart (top right corner to pay)

  17. Confirm that you have gotten a payment confirmation number to ensure that the payment has gone through.

  18. Go back to the bus application and make sure you hit the submit button for the bus application.

 

For ongoing monthly online payments

 

Complete steps 5 through 17 above

 

If you have trouble, please watch the videos in the MySchoolBucks help center. If your student is not found, please contact the Transportation office for instructions at 805 474-3100.

 

Refunds:

Refunds for bus transportation fees paid will be made to parents/guardians only when a student leaves the district.  This request must be submitted in writing with the bus pass surrendered to the Transportation Department.  The refund will be prorated according to the number of unused days based on the date of disenrollment.  A $20 processing fee will apply.

 

Returned Checks:

A $35 handling charge will be imposed for each check or online payment returned from any financial institution for insufficient funds or closed accounts.  The Transportation office will contact the parent/guardian(s) for financial settlement.  If settlement cannot be made, the student will be denied bus transportation after notification.  

 

Bus Pass Policy:

A bus pass will be issued to each eligible student who has paid fees based on availability. The bus pass will be shown to the driver every time a student boards the bus.  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. Due to driver shortages all bus routes are subject to cancellation at any time due to driver shortage or illness. Notice of cancellation will be sent on Parent Square.

 

 Replacement Passes:

Bus passes must be replaced at a cost of $10.00 if they are lost, stolen, defaced or damaged, or if the student changes their address or school. 

 

Special Education Students who are Exempt from Fees:

Bus Transportation fees will not be charged if an IEP Team determines that a student’s IEP requires transportation.

 

Bus Pass Violations:

Procedures for all students who try to board a bus without a bus pass is as follows: Due to the driver shortage and limited seating capacity on the buses this year, students without a bus pass will not be allowed to board the bus.  Please make other arrangements to get your student to and from school until the bus pass has been found or replaced.  If the bus pass is lost, please contact the Transportation Department for a replacement at a cost of $10.00.  To further ensure that our buses are running at full capacity, students who have not ridden the bus for 10 consecutive days, without prior contact with Transportation to explain the lapse, will forfeit their seat on the bus and the seat will be given to another student on the waiting list.

 

Low income or Reduced-Fee Bus Transportation:

For every student eligible for bus transportation based upon mileage between residence address and school of attendance (BP 3550), the District will offer fee assistance to families who meet the income eligibility guidelines for the Low income and Reduced Fee Transportation Program.  If you would like to apply for low income or reduced-fee transportation, you must complete the Annual Data Confirmation process for each student through their Homelink accounts beginning July 10, 2022 (contact the school office for Homelink help). Students receiving low income or reduced income transportation shall not be identified by the use of special bus passes, seats or any other means. They shall in no way be treated differently from other students, nor shall their names be published, posted or announced in any manner or used for any purpose other than the transportation program.

FAQs

Do I have to fill out an application for transportation each year?

Yes, you must complete a new Transportation application each year.

When can I complete a transportation application?
Transportation applications can be completed starting July 10th for the next school year, or anytime during the school year.

Can we use an updated photo for my student?
We will use the current picture in Aeries for the bus pass.  If your student is new, or did not take school pictures last year, please email an updated picture (with your student's name) to: [email protected].

How much is the transportation fee?
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

Is assistance available if I cannot afford the transportation fee?
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 Transportation income eligibility guidelines. 

If applying for Low income or Reduced-Fee Transportation, eligibility is based on INCOME or SPECIAL ED IEP.  If eligibility is based on income level, please complete the Annual Data Confirmation process (including the financial section) through each student's Homelink account.

If qualified for Reduced fees, the fees are $145.00 each student per year.

If qualified for Low income fees, the fees are $10.00 per student per year.

If you are applying for reduced fees based on SPECIAL ED IEP transportation must be included in the IEP. Contact the Transportation office if you are unsure if your student will qualify under this section.

When are transportation fees due?
Transportation fees must be paid at the time of application.  Applications will not be processed without the fees.

How do I pay transportation fees for the initial application if it is owed?
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
  • If you are making a payment by check or money order, mail the payment to the LMUSD Transportation office. Make checks payable to LMUSD Transportation.
  • If you are paying by cash, please make an appointment to come to the Transportation Office at 710 Huasna Rd.

    We are not accepting walk-in applications or payments this year. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CASH. The Transportation Office accepts cash, check, money orders or credit card payments.
 

I would rather not pay the full $280.00 transportation fee for the entire year right now. What can I do?
To set up a monthly payment plan, please make the initial payment online. 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.

Failure to keep monthly payments current may result in suspension from the bus.

What happens if I move during the school year?
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.

I am an emancipated student. Do I still need to pay transportation fees?
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.

Please tell me about the bus pass.
A bus pass will be issued to each student who has submitted a bus pass application and has paid fees, if there is room on the bus. 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. Due to driver shortages, not all previously serviced bus stops will be serviced this year. Students will be assigned to the bus stop that is closest to their residence. All students riding the bus must swipe their bus pass each time they get on and off the bus. 

Can my child ride the bus to or from a relative, babysitter, or my work address before or after school?
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, babysitter, or work address.

What if my child loses his/her bus pass?
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. 

What will happen if my child boards the bus without his/her bus pass?
Procedures for all students who try to board a bus without a bus pass is as follows: Due to driver shortage and limited seating capacity on the buses this year, students without a bus pass will not be allowed to board the bus.  Please make other arrangements to get your student to and from school until the bus pass has been found or replaced.  If the bus pass is lost, please contact the Transportation Department for a replacement at a cost of $10.00. Students who have not ridden the bus for 10 consecutive school days, without prior contact with Transportation to explain the lapse, will forfeit their seat on the bus and the seat will be given to another student on the waiting list.

What are the busing limits? Which students are eligible to ride school buses?
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.

We have already paid our transportation fees but will no longer be using the bus. Can I have a refund?
No. Refunds for bus transportation fees paid will be made to parent(s)/guardian(s) only when a student leaves the district.

We have already paid our transportation fees for the year, but now we’re moving to another school district. Can I get a refund?
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.

 

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.