Laguna Beach Unified School District offers a parent-paid bus transportation program. School bus transportation is provided by Durham School Services for students attending El Morro, Top of the World, and Thurston. We are currently piloting a limited bus transportation offering for high school students. Families wishing to utilize home to school bus transportation for their student(s) may purchase a bus pass online. A current bus pass is required to ride and students may only board and disembark according to the bus and stop number printed on their pass.
- BUS PASS PURCHASE
- BUS USE FEES
- BUS ROUTE SCHEDULES & DESIGNATED BUS STOPS
- RULES & SAFETY GUIDELINES
- ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
Purchases are non-refundable. Passes require 2 business days to process and will be sent to the student at the school site. Please review all rules and safety guidelines. Kindergarten students (including TK) must be received at the bus stop by a parent or designated adult. Bus drivers will release all other grade students at their designated bus stop without a parent present. The parent or guardian is responsible for the student until they board the bus and after they disembark from the bus. Students may only be assigned to one AM route and one PM route. Flexible riding options are not available; students may only board and disembark according to the bus number and stop printed on their pass. Day-to-day changes are not permitted. Drivers are not authorized to make any stop changes or accommodate change requests. Parents are responsible for making and providing their own transportation arrangements for end-of-day plan changes.
CDPH Face Coverings Guidance requires that everyone (regardless of vaccination status) use masks on school buses.
Monthly recurring payments are an option to pay over time. This is NOT a month-to-month bus pass option. ALL bus passes are for ridership throughout the entire school year.
District-paid applications are submitted via email to email@example.com. It is recommended applications be submitted in advance of the upcoming school year.
District-Paid Bus Pass Application Printable Forms
TRANSPORTATION FEE SCHEDULE
|Type of Pass||Cost|
Annual Each Way (AM or PM)
$197.00 one-time payment
$19.70 monthly recurring payments (10)
|Summer School Each Way (AM or PM)||$39.00|
|Temporary One-Week (replaces single use coupons)||$22.00|
Annual pass cost is reduced each school month to prorate for remaining available months of use. Please note that school months divide the school calendar into 10 segments and do not align with calendar months.
Students are encouraged to be at the stop, in line, and ready to board, 5 -10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
Times may vary from the schedule due to conditions such as passenger loading, traffic, and roadway issues.
Not all stops are in use at all times. School site bus schedules reflect stops currently in use.
Does my student need a bus pass?
A current LBUSD printed pass is required to ride the bus. The bus pass tells the driver who the student is, where the student needs to be dropped off, and if the student needs to be met by an adult.
How do I get my child's bus pass?
Bus passes are delivered to your student at their school site within 2 business days following purchase. Bus drivers will have a list of eligible riders for morning transport on the first day of school only. After such time, students must present a pass to the driver upon boarding.
What if I cannot afford a bus pass?
Annual passes now offer a pay over time option. The total due may be divided into monthly payments for automatic rebilling to your credit card.
District-paid bus passes may be requested at any time. Qualifying criteria is based on the California Department of Education free eligibility guidelines for the current school year and requires supporting documentation as listed on the form. It is recommended District-paid applications be submitted in advance of the upcoming school year.
Am I required to meet my child at the bus stop?
We require TK and kindergarten students to be met at the bus stop by a parent or designated adult. It is recommended all students be met by a parent or parent designee. We also encourage all students to walk together in groups. The parent or guardian is responsible for the student until they board the bus and after they disembark from the bus.
What if my child wants to go home with a friend?
Students may only board and disembark according to the bus and stop number printed on their pass. We provide home to school transportation. Day-to-day changes are not permitted. We no longer offer infrequent use coupons. Drivers are not authorized to make any stop changes or accommodate change requests. Parents are responsible for making and providing their own transportation arrangements for end of day plan changes such as playdates, birthday parties, sport events, and Boys & Girls Club closures.
What if my child needs to go to more than one location?
We offer one bus route selection per student. Families with dual household custody arrangements may create a hybrid pass for two home locations by purchasing one home bus route online and then emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for the addition of the second home route at no additional cost, subject to availability. Please email email@example.com for more information. Documentation may be requested as verification.
What if I need to make a permanent change to my child's bus pass?
A permanent change to a bus pass may be requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and requires the purchase of a replacement pass, provided room exists on the requested route. Please allow 2 business days for a pass change request to be processed following payment completion. Students may only board and disembark according to the bus and stop number printed on their pass, so changes are in effect once your student is in possession of the new pass.
May I make a temporary change to my child's bus pass?
We understand the need for a temporary transportation change arises from time to time and offer a one-week temporary round trip bus pass for additional purchase. Week-long bus passes may be purchased online, provided room exists on the requested route. Please email email@example.com to make a request. Include your student's name, school site location, dates requested, and stop locations when requesting the temporary pass. Please allow 2 business days for the temporary pass to be processed following payment completion. Students must present a printed pass in order to board the bus.
My child left an item on the bus, how do I get it back?
Drivers check their buses after each run. Contact your student's bus driver the following day. Check with the school site to see if the driver has returned the item to the office. You may also call Durham Transportation directly at (949) 376-0376. Labeling all of your child's belongings with your child's name and school is helpful.
How do I replace a lost bus pass?
Bus passes are considered the property of LBUSD. According, students are expected to safeguard their passes. Passes must be presented daily upon boarding the bus. LBUSD assumes no liability for lost passes. A $5 replacement fee is charged for a lost bus pass or a change to any printed bus pass. Replacement passes may be purchased online using the one-time bus pass purchase link.
Can I pack a snack for my child to eat on the bus?
For the safety of all students, we do not permit food or drinks on the bus.
Why are buses sometimes late?
School bus drivers do all they can to remain on schedule; however, they do experience conditions that can delay the bus such as traffic delays, roadway collisions, and construction. All students are asked to be at their bus stop 5-10 minutes prior to the departure time so that they are ready to board when the bus arrives.
Are refunds available?
Refunds are only issued if a student moves out of the District or to a non-transportable area. All requests for refunds are made using our refund request form and may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds are prorated based on remaining full school months. A $10 processing fee is charged per pass. The District does not refund fares for students suspended or expelled from transportation or school for disciplinary reasons. The bus pass itself must be surrendered to the school or district office to complete the refund request.
Rules and Safety Guidelines
- Face coverings/masks are required at all times on buses
- Flexible riding options are not available; students may only board and disembark according to the bus number and stop printed on their pass
- Kindergartners (including TK) must be received at the bus stop by a parent or designated adult; bus drivers will release all other grade students at their designated bus stop without a parent present
- The parent or guardian is responsible for the student until they board the bus and after they disembark from the bus
- Student safety depends upon the proper and safe conduct of each individual
- Students are responsible for safekeeping, controlling, and presenting their bus passes
- Use only the designated bus stop and bus assigned
- Arrive at bus stop ten minutes before bus is due
- Behave in an orderly manner at bus stop: As bus arrives, form a line and stand at least six feet back from curb; do not move toward bus until it has come to a complete stop and door is open
- Be respectful of neighbors while walking to and from the bus stop and while waiting for the bus
- Use only public access on the way to and from the bus stop
- Always obey all traffic laws
- Display bus pass to the driver upon boarding the bus
- Board the bus, find a seat quickly and remain seated at all times, facing front, while bus is in motion
- Follow instructions of the driver: Drivers may assign seats, assign three to a seat, assign seat mates, and take other actions needed for safe passage of the students
- Talk quietly: Do not shout, yell, use profane language or gestures, fight, or behave in a boisterous manner
- Keep all body parts inside the bus
- Not eat, drink, or chew gum, while on the bus
- Not bring animals, glass objects, or large bulky or hazardous articles of any kind on the bus, including boogie boards, bike wheels, and skateboards
- Not litter the bus or engage in vandalism, destruction of property, or graffiti (costs will be billed to the student and their parent)
- Not possess or use tobacco, drugs or alcohol, firearms, knives, explosives, or other dangerous objects aboard the bus
- Not light matches, lighters or firecrackers aboard the bus
- Not play or tamper with any part of the bus
- Not ask driver to discharge students anywhere but at a designated bus stops, in accordance with the law
- Remain quiet at the bus stops
- When exiting the bus, follow the drivers' instructions: If crossing on the opposite side of the street, always cross in front of the bus, and utilize the crosswalk, obeying all traffic laws
- Respect the danger zone around the bus
This section is pursuant to Ed. Code Sections 39831.3-39831.5 and Vehicle Code Section 22112.
Student Behavior and Discipline
All policies and rules regarding safety, behavior, and discipline on the school bus remain in effect. Parents are encouraged to review the student responsibilities and Durham's rules and regulations with their student(s). With parent assistance and the cooperation of all student riders, the District is able to continue to provide safe transportation. The principal of each school site shall be responsible for policy enforcement. The Superintendent, or designee, may review any or all violations for final recommendation, if necessary.
First Violation: The rider and parent/guardian will be contacted by the principal, or designeeSecond Violation: The rider may be denied district transportation services for a period of three or more daysThird Violation: The rider may be denied district transportation services for a period of two or more weeksFourth Violation: The rider may be denied district transportation services for the remainder of the school yearThreats of harm, acts of violence, or any behavior that is a danger to self or others may be cause for immediate denial of district transportation services
Abuse or Misuse of Bus Pass
Abuse/misuse of bus transportation passes are subject to disciplinary measures.
Using or attempting to use a stolen, found, or forged bus passAllowing another student to use one's own bus passUsing or attempting to use an expired bus pass
Possession of any pass which is not the property of the possessor, shall constitute evidence of improper possession and use, or attempted use, and is reason to exercise disciplinary measures.
Students Without a Bus Pass
- If the student is not listed on the designated bus stop list and is at the bus stop, student is transported to school, and the driver notifies the school office
- The school office contacts the parent/guardian
- Students without a bus pass will not be allowed to ride the bus home from school
We are happy to partner with Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) to distribute Youth Ride Free passes now through February 2022. Please contact the school site office or email email@example.com to obtain the parent permission slip and receive a pass.
The City of Laguna Beach is operating a special after-school trolley service from Thurston Middle School to downtown Laguna Beach. A trolley will depart Thurston Middle School at 3:20 p.m. every weekday, making stops at Park/St. Ann's, Legion/Short, Legion/Goff and the downtown Bus Depot. In addition, the City of Laguna Beach has added earlier-morning trolleys to their Coastal Route between North and South Laguna to help high school students get to and from Laguna Beach High School. A morning and afternoon trolley in each direction will deviate off Coast Highway to serve the high school at arrival and dismissal.
The City has introduced a new on-demand, shared-ride transit service called Laguna Beach Local between the Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon and Arch Beach Heights neighborhoods and Downtown.