In cooperation with the La Mesa-Spring Valley educational community, we provide safe and efficient transportation services. Our caring, well trained and professional staff are actively engaged as partners in education, preparing the students in our care for a successful learning experience each and every day.
The district provides home-to-school of residence transportation to pupils in grades K–6 living beyond the established transportation boundary line. Students who meet the boundary requirement are eligible to apply for transportation. Transportation boundary line distances are as follows:
K–3 Must be 1 mile away from school or further to qualify for Transportation
4–6 Must be 1 1/2 miles away from school or further to qualify for Transportation
Fill out an Emergency Card at your school (indicate bus stop), and the school will forward it to Transportation for approval.
Go to the Transportation Department at 3838 Conrad Dr and apply for Transportation. Turn in an Emergency Card along with payment (check, Money Order, or cash).
Please call (619) 668-5767 and press 2 to receive route number and bus stop information. Incomplete emergency cards will not be processed. The bus pass will be given to your child by the school bus driver. This will assist the driver in putting the name and face together. Tickets may be purchased at Transportation or at the students school.
The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District charges a fee for providing bus transportation service to students from home-to-school of residence. Possession of a current Bus Pass/Single Ride Ticket entitles a student to ride to and from their designated school and bus stop on their assigned bus. The Bus Pass/Single Ride Ticket must be presented when the student boards the bus. If you have any questions please call the Transportation Office at 619 668-5767, 8:00am-4:00pm. Free and reduced fare transportation is available to children whose families meet certain low-income guidelines and who reside within the appropriate transportation area.
The Transportation Fee Program provides the option of purchasing an Annual Bus Pass, Half Year Bus Pass or Single-Ride Tickets/Ticket Books.
We accept cash, checks made out to LMSV, or money orders. We cannot accept debit/credit cards at this time.
Type Of Pass
Cost Per Ride
$200.00 $130.00 Second Child Free – Third Child
Half Year Bus Pass*
$125.00 First Child $83.00 2nd Child 3rd Child Free
Single Ride Ticket Books 40 One-Ride Tickets
$1.25 Per ride
Single Ride Ticket – one AM or PM
$1.25 Per ride
* Annual and Half Year Passes are only available at the full rate. Prorated passes are not available. If you start riding the bus during the middle of the year, it is advisable for you to use the Single Ride Tickets until the next half year passes go on sale.
Refunds: Refunds will only be made if a student is reassigned to the Special Education program, moves from the area or is denied transportation due to discipline reasons for more than 15 school days. All requests for refund must be made in writing to the Transportation Office. Please allow 2 weeks for processing. All refunds will be prorated and be charged a $2.00 processing fee. Ticket books cannot be refunded or returned if unused.
Replacement Passes: A $3.00 processing fee will apply for replacement bus passes due to damage, lost or replacement of a bus pass when a student changes bus routes. Single Ride Tickets and/or Ticket Books will not be replaced if lost.
Please contact transportation regarding bus schedules and times. Times listed on bus schedules are bus departure times. Students should be at their designated bus stop 5 minutes prior to pick up time. Drop-off times are approximate. Please be ready to receive your child at drop off times. If you request that your kindergarten or older student must be met at the bus stop, your child will be returned to school if no one is at his/her stop at drop off time. Students who need to get off their assigned bus, at a stop other than their designated stop, must have a permission slip from home, signed by the principal/staff member. Every effort will be made by the drivers to have each student get off at his/her designated bus stop. A student who accidentally or willingly gets on the wrong bus will be returned to school where their parents will be called to arrange pickup of their student. If your student becomes sick during the day, he/she will be kept in the nurse’s office until contact is made with the parents. In the best interest of everyone, infectious or severely ill students, e.g. (measles, vomiting, head lice, etc.), cannot be allowed to ride the bus home. Students sent home with a fever must remain off the bus for 24 hours.
Student Conduct at Bus Stops
The bus stop is not a playground. Horseplay, ball throwing, pushing and shoving cannot be allowed.
Most bus stops are designated in front of homes. Any damage done to private property shall be cause for denial of transportation.
To insure timely bus schedules students must arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before pick-up time, and they should be at their designated bus stops.
Students should line up in single file before boarding the bus. There is no pushing or shoving allowed.
According to State law, students must cross in front of the bus with the driver. It is the sole responsibility of the driver to escort students across the street when necessary. No one else can assume this responsibility.
Parents picking up children at bus stops and who normally do not cross the street should park on the same side of the street that the bus stops on to avoid the possibility of a child being hit while crossing the street.
Riding the School Bus is a privilege. The School District is not mandated to provide such service. Students will be held accountable for their behavior while on the bus and at their bus stop. All students need to be at their bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the departure time. It is important for them to line up in an orderly manner as not to jeopardize the safety and welfare of others. Please instruct your child to never approach a moving bus. Once the door is closed and the bus is moving, children should return to their home or school. Never should a child run after the bus.
“Pupils transported on a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils.” (CCR 14103). The following rules of conduct shall apply to all students who ride school buses. To help insure a safe ride on our school buses, most are equipped with a video monitoring system.
Students must be seated at all times except when boarding or leaving the bus.
Students should sit upright, face the front of the bus, keep feet out of the aisle, and in no way bar progress of the other students in or out of the bus.
All bus riders shall not interfere with others nor molest property of others.
All students are prohibited from creating disturbances such as taking pictures or filming with a cell phone, whistling, playing musical instruments or radios, yelling, using loud or profane language, throwing articles, or any activity that could distract the driver.
We cannot allow students to eat or drink on the bus. Such things as gum, candy and sunflower seeds are prohibited.
The driver shall have the right to assign all seats when deemed necessary. All Middle School bus riders are automatically assigned seats the first or second week of school.
In the interest of safety, students must keep head, hands and feet inside the bus at all times.
Items Not Allowed On School Buses
The following items cannot be transported to or from school on a school bus:
Bags of aluminum cans
Animals (birds, hamsters, fish, insects, etc.)
Large musical instruments, suitcases and sleeping bags.
Radios (unless approved by the school ahead of time)
Food or liquid that is not contained
All toys, games, or projects brought to school should be put in a plastic or paper bag. Nothing can be allowed aboard that is too large for the students to hold on their lap. Please make other arrangements for your child’s transportation that day. Students may not use cell phones on the bus. The usage of cell phones on the bus is limited. Please speak with your driver for cell phone usage rules.
COVID Safety Plan
The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District will continue to follow the most recent guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). At this time, our COVID rules for busing include:
All school district Bus Drivers will wear masks while students are aboard.
All students must wear masks or a shield with a drape for the duration of the route.
If a student does not have a mask or a shield with a drape, the Bus Driver will supply one.
Students will be spread out on the bus to the best of our ability.
Each bus will have consistent assigned seating.
For ventilation purposes, each bus will have a minimum of two (2) windows down for the duration of the route.
Bus cleaning will take place before and after each route.
ALWAYS follow these rules and be extra alert in rainy or foggy weather
Cross only at corners so drivers can see you.
Always use a crosswalk when it is available. Remember, painted lines can’t stop cars.
Cross only on the new green light so you have time to cross safely.
Use the push-button when possible and cross with the “walk” sign only.
Look all ways before crossing the street to see cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.
When crossing, watch for cars that are turning left or right.
Never cross the street from between parked cars. Drivers can’t see you.
Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if sidewalks are not provided, so you can see oncoming cars.
Bus Route Information
All students eligible for General Education and Special Education service will be assigned to a specific bus and route. For safety reasons, the LMSVSD Transportation Department will no longer publish stop locations and times online. Routing information will be shared during the application process.
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