Transportation Information

school_bus_3aActivity Bus  
The District provides buses after regular school hours to transport students home from a variety of athletic and co-curricular activities. Activity bus runs are 3:00 pm (daily), 4:00 pm and 5:45 pm at the high schools, and 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm at the middle school.
 
Bus Passes  
No bus passes will be honored because most of our buses are filled to capacity and we have run into problems of overcrowding. In a case of an emergency only, please call the school office so that the principal is aware of your situation. If space permits, it is sometimes possible to make an exception for an emergency situation. 
 
Child Care  
Child care requests must be submitted in writing by April 1st of each year. Each request will be reviewed by the Transportation Supervisor and must fall within the specified guidelines for approval. You will be notified of a decision before the beginning of the school year. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the Transportation Alternate Site form.
 
Half Day Schedule  
At various times during the school year, the District holds half-day sessions to provide time for teachers to work on a variety of curriculum improvement matters and for parent/teacher conferences. The individual buildings will notify parents and guardians of those days during the year. When schools are on a half day schedule, elementary students are dismissed at approximately 11:30 am, grades 6-8 at 12:15 pm and grades 9-12 at 11:00 am. It is especially important that parents check the school calendar to make arrangements for students dismissed early on scheduled half-days. 

Private and Parochial Schools  
Arrival times vary from 7:55 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Dismissal times vary from 2:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
The Lakeland School District provides for the transportation of students to private and parochial schools if the distance from home to school is within 15 miles. Parents are required to make transportation requests for non-public schools in writing to the Lakeland Transportation Department by April 1st of each year. Failure to do so may result in your request for transportation being denied. 
 
Instruments Transported On The School Bus
The following instruments are small enough in size that a student can either place the instrument on their lap or between their legs as to not use a seating space on the school bus.

Allowable:  Violin, Viola, 1/2 size Cello, 1/4 size Cello, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone (regular), Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Percussion Kit  and hand held percussion, sticks, mallets and snare drum.

Note: All allowable instruments must be transported in cases which should remain closed on the bus at all times.

The following instruments have been deemed by the transportation and music department too large to be transported by the school bus without taking a seating space. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport these instruments to and from school.    

Non-allowable:  3/4 size Cello, Full size Cello, String Bass (any size), French Horn, Tuba, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Trombone, Baritone Horn, Floor Toms, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Any Marching Percussion, and Multi-cultural Drums.