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Contact us at: 541-506-3430

Our Mission         

"The mission of North Wasco County School District 21's Transportation Department is to provide quality support to the staff and students with safe, timely transportation services and effective, equitable customer service while meeting all district, state and federal regulations." 

Meet our District Transportation Staff

Our school bus operators are the first contact many students may have each morning and the last contact they may have each afternoon with school.  Our goal is to make that experience a safe, positive and caring one for all students.
In order to receive a School Bus Driver Certificate issued by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), candidates must meet very specific requirements established by federal and state laws.  All of our school bus operators are selected based on clean driving records and a strong desire to have a positive impact on students.  Prior to training, candidates must first pass four written tests at the DMV, pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) Commercial Driver License (CDL), physical and drug test, and pass a national background check.  Once they have successfully completed all these requirements, they are then trained and tested by highly skilled professionals, who themselves have received hundreds of hours of instruction.  Initial "BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING" for a school bus operator can last anywhere from three to five weeks.  In addition, each new school bus operator is required to have a minimum of eight ODE recognized classrom hours of training on important issues such as defensive driving and student managment. We encourage you to get to know your student's school bus operator.  They have an ever increasing, challenging (although rewarding) role in our community; a smile or a friendly "good morning" from students and parents goes a long way. 

Bus Safety Information 

(Please NOTE:  This video is created by the Salem Keizer School District in Salem, Oregon.
For information about North Wasco County School District's Bus Routes
please contact our Transportation Dept at 541-506-3430 or click here for route information) 

Rules Governing Pupils Riding School Busses

OAR 581-53-010

  1. Students being transported are under authority of the bus driver;
  2. Fighting, wrestling or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus;
  3. Students will use the emergency door only in case of emergency;
  4. Students will be on time for the bus, both morning and evening;
  5. Students will not bring firearms, weapons or other potentially hazardous material on the bus;
  6. Students will not bring animals, except approvedassistance guide animals, on the bus;
  7. Students will remain seated while bus is in motion;
  8. Students may be assigned seats by the bus driver;
  9. When necessary to cross the road, students will cross in front of the bus or as instructed by the bus driver;
  10. Students will not extend their hands, arms or heads or objects through bus windows;
  11. Students will have written permission to leave the bus other than for home or school;
  12. Students will converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited;
  13. Students will not open or close windows without permission of the driver;
  14. Students will keep the bus clean and must refrain from damaging it;
  15. Students will be courteous to the driver, fellow students and passersby;
  16. Students who refuse to promptly obey the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations may forfeit their privilege to ride on the buses.

In addition, the following are local regulations which will ensure a safe ride for all:

  1. Large, bulky items (i.e., musical instruments, skateboards, scooters) which cannot be safely held on the student’s lap and/or extend above the lower window sill in the understoragearea or behind the modesty panel or securely fastened on the floor in designated areas shall not be transported on a school bus;
  2. Students shall ride only their designated bus;
  3. Students shall not deface private property or cause problems at their designated school bus stop;
  4. Tape recorders, portable radios or other devices capable of transmitting sound shall not be operated on a bus;
  5. Items lost on a school bus will be held on the bus for three days, whereupon they will be turned in to the lost and found at the school office;
  6. Students shall wait six feet back from curb, where possible, from edge of road or other area where the bus loads, and shall not proceed toward the bus until driver opens the door;
  7. Pushing, shoving, crowding shall not be tolerated by the driver while loading or unloading. Students waiting to board a bus which has students unloading shall wait until all students are off;
  8. Permission to ride on a one time basis may be granted to district students who normally do not ride the bus when seating is available and the student has a note from his/her parent;
  9. Students shall not possess, use, distribute or sell tobacco, alcohol or unlawful drugs at any time while on district property, while participating in school-sponsored activities or while being transported on district vehicles, including district-approved transportation.

Students who violate bus rules of conduct may be denied the use of district transportation.