The Amherst Exempted Village School's Transportation Department is committed to providing safe and dependable transportation to all children whether they attend a district school, community school, special education facility, and vocational school. Getting students to and from school every day is a major responsibility entrusted to the Amherst Schools. Please contact the Transportation Department at 440-988-2633 if you have questions or concerns.
Students should be at their stops at least five (5) minutes prior to the bus arriving. They should be lined up at the stop – not waiting in vehicles and/or homes. All times are approximate taking into consideration traffic, road conditions, etc
Day Care and Babysitters
If your child needs to be transported to Day Care/Babysitters, please contact the Transportation Department and/or the school your child attends. Paperwork must be completed BEFORE approval will be given and arrangements made. Paperwork needs to be completed each new school year. Please contact the Transportation Department immediately if you have need of this service.
Space Available Form
Students qualify for transportation by living over 1 mile from their school of attendance. If your student does not qualify, a form is available to complete for consideration/approval to ride the bus if there is room (extra seats on the bus). The form is available in the Transportation Department or on our website (see link below). Assignment/approval will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Determination will be made in October after student counts are taken.
Special Needs Routes
Drivers will contact parents and students regarding bus information. If you haven’t heard from a driver by the week before school opens, please contact the Transportation Department.
Many students walk alongside of roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement. Issues relating to where a child’s bus stop is located and safety concerns along the way to the bus stop must be addressed with the district in which you reside.
Ohio law requires children to be waiting at the bus stop prior to its arrival. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load and as they get on the bus to ensure all children are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain the students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives further ensures that no one chases after the bus – this is a very dangerous thing to do. Many districts also instruct their buses to not stop at locations where no students are waiting.
Shonteea Ford is the Transportation Supervisor in the Amherst Exempted Village School District. Teea's career in transportation began at Lorain County Jobs and Family Services. She was the transportation coordinator for Medicaid & Medicare and CareSource for the county. Teea later moved on to Lorain City Schools where she joined the operations team and became the transportation coordinator for the district. Teea's number one goal is to get students to school and back home safely everyday! She is excited to be an Amherst Comet!!