Stephen W. Puchta, Director of Transportation
Anthony Wayne Local Schools Transportation Department is proud to be a part of each student’s school experience and is deeply committed to the safety of each child in the community.
Anthony Wayne buses are maintained in safe condition and are subject to inspections by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which Anthony Wayne has passed with a very high percent rate.
Every day, each bus driver in Anthony Wayne Local Schools transports students on 2 separate routes in both the morning and afternoon to a total of 6 district schools, 1 vocational school, and 8 non-public schools.
To do this, all students attending Anthony Wayne Local Schools may be asked to travel to a designated school bus stop as described in Ohio Administrative Code. For pre-school and kindergarten students, a parent or authorized adult must supervise these younger students before the bus arrives in the morning and receive students at the end of the day. Bus routes often have only designated bus stops per neighborhood.
By consolidating school bus stops, the Anthony Wayne Transportation Department is able to maintain time schedules and demonstrate efficiency and fiscal responsibility. If every child were to be picked up and dropped off at their residence, the district would have to spend additional dollars in buses, drivers and fuel among other items.
Pick Up & Drop Off
Students should arrive at their assigned bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
Due to traffic, weather, and other conditions outside the control of the district, student pick-up and drop-off times may vary and students should wait 15-20 minutes after a scheduled pick-up time before leaving their assigned bus stop to return home.
Parents should develop an alternate means of transportation in case a student misses the bus.
Students should dress appropriately for the weather to ensure their safety and comfort in the event of breakdowns, accidents, and traffic conditions that may cause students to wait longer at their bus stops.
In the event of inclement weather, the district may implement one of two plans:
- Schools Closed: All Anthony Wayne Schools will be closed for the day and all after-school activities will be cancelled unless those involved are otherwise notified.
- 2-Hour Delay: School buses will run on a 2-hour delay. Morning kindergarten and preschool will be delayed 1 hour. Afternoon kindergarten and preschool will also be delayed 1 hour . Dismissals for all other grades will occur as usual.
Anthony Wayne also encourages teen drivers to ride the bus instead of navigating hazardous roadways. If a student who does not usually ride the bus wishes to ride the bus during inclement weather, they should call the Anthony Wayne Transportation Department at 419-877-0451 at least 1 hour before their school opens.
When schools are delayed or closed, the district will place an announcement on the district website and local TV stations. In addition, Anthony Wayne parents can sign up to receive school closing or delay emails or phone messages by creating a Honeywell Instant Alert account.
For assistance with creating a Honeywell Instant Alert account or signing up for school closing or delay messages, parents can refer to the information provided on the district website.
School Bus Safety
Both drivers and students are given instructions on safety. All students are to remain seated when the bus is in motion and abide by all safety and discipline policies.
Safety Tips for Students:
Loading & Unloading
Parents parking in a bus loading or unloading zones, even for only a minute, create a dangerous situation for students and causes traffic backups. Parents should become familiar with these zones at each school and avoid them during school hours start and dismissal times.
Students should wear bright or light colored clothing to help them be visible to the bus driver.
Parents should check a child’s clothing for the presence of long drawstrings or other dangling items. These can become snagged in the bus door during loading/unloading, and should be removed from clothing.
Parents should provide students with a backpack or book bag. Items carried by hand, including loose papers, are dangerous as children get off the bus. Ensure that backpacks and book bags have the student’s name on them, as well as reflective material or tape to help students be visible to the bus driver. Parents may want younger students to have their name, address, and telephone number in or on their school bag to help return items left on the bus to the correct owner in a timely manner.
The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children should stay 10 feet away from the bus (or as far away as they can) and never go behind it. They should take 5 giant steps in front of the bus before crossing, so they can be seen by the driver.
Walking to Bus Stop
Students should walk directly to the bus stop in the morning and return home promptly after being dropped off at a bus stop. Parents should have an emergency plan in place in the event that they are not home when the student arrives. This could include going to a neighbor’s home and/or calling a relative.
Rules for Motorists
Ohio uses an 8-light school bus warning system. These lights are located on the front and rear of the bus near the top by the “school bus” sign. When the bus is approaching a student pick-up or drop-off area, yellow lights will flash indicating “motorists caution” because the bus is preparing to stop.
Red lights will flash indicating “motorists stop” and a stop arm will be extended from the side of the bus when the bus has stopped completely to pick-up or drop-off students. Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red lights and a stop arm.
When a school bus stops to pick-up or drop-off students on a road with one lane in each direction, or on a road with one lane in each direction plus a turn lane, all traffic must stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Motorists may continue only after the school bus resumes motion.
When a school bus stops pick-up or drop-off students on a road with two or more lanes in each direction, all traffic moving in the same direction must stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Motorists may continue after the school bus resumes motion.
It is not necessary for other vehicles to stop when a bus has stopped at a railroad crossing, but is advised that motorists proceed with caution as the bus may block their view of railroad track indicator signals or an approaching train.
Violation of the school bus stop law is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.
Rules for Bus Drivers
Hazard lights are activated approximately 100 feet before a railroad crossing sign. A bus must stop 15-50 feet from the tracks or at a stop line.
Drivers will stop and set the parking brake, put the bus in neutral, and open door and window to look and listen for an approaching train.
If there is no train, the driver will then put bus in gear, shut door, release air brake, and proceed across the tracks using caution.
Hazard lights are turned off when bus is completely across the tracks.
Transportation Statistics - November 2015
|Area||76 square miles|
|2015/16 Total Mileage/Day||3,674 miles|
|Public Student Riders||2,397|
|Non-Public Student Riders||139|
|Public Student Routes||37|
|Non-Public/Penta Student Routes||9|
|Special Education Student Routes||2|
|Number of Buses||52|
|Number of Drivers||42|
|Number of Mechanics||3|
|Number of Support/Office Staff||3|