Transportation

Welcome to the Transportation Department.
Located on the home page is a link to Edulog Web query software.  Thinking of moving or changing schools?  Want to see if there have been any changes in your student’s transportation services? This software is able to keep you informed and help answer those questions. Keep checking our web page for additional information.
George Ramplin,
Supervisor of Transportation

What can students and parents expect to see in the first two weeks of a new school year?

*Our app is updated nightly with schedule times and those times can vary during these first two weeks of school. We try to keep pickup and drop-off within a 5-minute window as much as possible. 

* Please note with the closure of the Ardmore Avenue and Manoa Road bridges, there will be more traffic and delays on our roads. 

With the start of a new school year comes new routes and bus stop location changes for the drivers and students.  We are all learning a new routine. In the first two weeks of a new school year, this process moves at a slower pace as we all learn the new routine.  Parents take pictures and want to speak to the driver. Additional traffic volumes at the schools all cause delays during this time period.

During the first two weeks, the Transportation Office staff is busy adding new students and updating student information. Both of these changes cause additional stops to be added or removed from the school bus runs. We try to keep the stop times the same, however,  sometimes we are unable to do so.  After the new bus passes are mailed out, we will mail out an average of 300 new or revised bus passes. Please check the website for updated times and school bus route numbers assigned.

The office staff is constantly working with the drivers to enable all the students to arrive at school on time.  Bus runs will be moved to make the changes necessary to accomplish this goal of on-time delivery to all of the schools that we provide service.  After the first two weeks, this usually has been accomplished. 

We are also collecting student counts from the drivers to ensure that the school bus is not overcrowded. The amount of late enrollments and changes in school assignments does add additional students to the runs and can cause the school bus to have too many students assigned. Usually by moving a stop from one run to another solves the overcrowding issue.

In addition, many school districts are trying to manage a shortage of bus drivers. We have been very fortunate to hire additional drivers this year and they are learning the routines of all students. 

Thank you for your patience as we begin a new school year!


FINDING YOUR CHILD'S BUS

Want to know where your child's bus is? This school year the answer is at your fingertips! The District is implementing the Edulog Parent Portal, a self-service app that allows you to track your child’s assigned transportation from their school. Track in real-time your child’s bus’s position as well as configuring notifications to alert you when your child’s bus is nearing pickup or drop-off.

The Edulog Parent Portal is now available to parents and students. Parents/Guardians can use the app to get started today! Your student's id number along with their date of birth is needed to register. 

For any student not attending a SDHT school, parents/guardians can complete a request on the transportation website for a login. 

Edulog’s Parent Portal is a self-service app that allows you to track your child’s assigned transportation from their school. Know what routes and vehicles have been assigned to your child, complete with planned pickup and drop-off locations and times. Track in real time your child’s bus’s position. Configure notifications to alert you when your child’s bus is nearing pickup or drop-off.

Parent Portal App Information

Parent Portal App Information (Spanish)


Congratulations to Jim O’Toole for placing 1st in the 43rd Annual (PA) State School Bus Driver Safety Competition. Jim will represent Pennsylvania at the International School Bus Safety Competition being held on July 21 in Austin, Texas, this will be his second time. Sharon Neigh and Paul Schmeltzer placed in the top 10!

Harrisburg, PA – School bus drivers from across Pennsylvania arrived in State College for the 43rd Annual State School Bus Driver Safety Competition. The competition was held on June 21 and 22 was held on the grounds of the Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle School. The total number of drivers in this year’s competition reached 95 with 84 in the conventional category and 11 driving in the transit division.  Drivers and competition judges arrived on Friday evening for an orientation and the written examination which was developed for the competition by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. On Saturday morning, the drivers competed in the skills portion of the competition which included a physical and verbal bus inspection; height judgement; diminishing clearance; simulated bus stop; railroad crossings; backing up; and curb line parking. See more here. 


School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation's students and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront.
 

Why do drivers pass stopped school buses? In this clever PSA from Northampton, Massachusetts, kids play the role of stop-arm runner and recite the many lame excuses that police have heard.

PA School Bus Stopping Law


 

Transportation Department
Phone:610-853-5929 
Fax: 610-853-5921
 
Director
George Ramplin
 
Dispatcher
Kevin DiPoalo 
 
Router
Mike Cuozzo

Administrative Assistant
Angela Wintz

Why do drivers pass stopped school buses? In this clever PSA from Northampton, Massachusetts, kids play the role of stop-arm runner and recite the many lame excuses that police have heard.

PA School Bus Stopping Law