Desert Sands's Transportation

Transportation

The Transportation Department takes pride in providing bus transportation to approximately 5,000 students who reside beyond the reasonable limits from their school of attendance. We operate within a 750 square mile range, not an easy feat, but we work as a team. Desert Sands owns and operates 89 school buses; 40 are Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and 26 diesel buses, 5 propane buses and 18 gasoline buses.

The District operates and maintains its own fueling station on site that provides both conventional fuel (unleaded, diesel) as well as CNG, to both its bus fleet and white fleet vehicles.

Our mechanics ensure that all our school buses receive their regularly scheduled 3,000 mile/45 day maintenance service. In addition, all our school buses are inspected and re-certified each year by the California Highway Patrols', Motor Carrier Division. Desert Sands has received a Satisfactory Rating each year. Those two processes ensure that all our school buses are running in safe, operating conditions so they can safely transport America's future; Our students.

The Transportation Department is an important part of the the Educational process. It is the first and last link between the student and the district. As soon as students board the yellow school bus, they are under the responsibility of the school bus driver. And upon getting off at their bus stop, they are the last link until another day of learning begins.

UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY: OFFENSE; PUNISHMENT; NOTICE-39842 EC.The following section is quoted from the EC:

39842. (a) Any person who enters a school bus or school pupil activity bus without prior authorization of the driver or other school official with intent to commit any crime and who refuses to disembark after being ordered to do so by the driver or other school official is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, be a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.
(b) A school district or county superintendent of schools may place a notice at the entrance of a school bus or school pupil activity bus that complies with the requirements of paragraph (3), subdivision (c)of Section 1256.6 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations and that warns of unauthorized entry.


Walking Distances
Grade   Distance
K-2   3/4 of a mile
3-5   1.5 miles
6-8   3 miles


Student Bus Conduct
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Bus transportation is a PRIVILEGE and not a right. Students shall abide by the established Rules of Conduct for School Bus Passengers. A citation system will be followed to identify student passengers who violate the Rules. Upon receipt of the bus citation, the school principal shall conduct the necessary investigation and take disciplinary action as appropriate which may include suspension of bus riding privileges.

"DON'T LOSE YOUR RIDING PRIVILEGE"

FOLLOW THESE RULES
1. Observe same conduct as in the classroom
2. Be courteous, use no profane language
3. Do not eat or drink on the bus
4. Keep the bus clean
5. Cooperate with the driver
6. Do not smoke
7. Do not be destructive
8. Stay in your seat
9. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus
10. Bus driver is authorized to assign seats

DEPARTMENT CONTACTS

Gabriel De La O Director (760) 771-8553
Charles Lavrusky Transportation Manager (760) 771-8587 VolP: 18587
Transportation Operations Supervisor Jessica Koahou VolP: 18638
Kurt Jandt Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor (760) 771-8590 VolP: 18590
Janette Berube Administrative Assistant, Bilingual (760) 238-9698 VoIP 18063
Patti Wright Transportation Specialist (760) 238-9797 VoIP 18460
Teresa Trujillo Transportation Technician/Bilingual (760) 238-9601 VoIP 18059
Susan Lopez Dispatcher/Bilingual (760) 771-8594 VolP: 18594
Jose (Tony) Medina Dispatcher (760) 771-8589 VolP: 18589
Kelly Laponsey Driver/Trainer (760) 771-8591
Jayme Perales Driver/Trainer (760) 771-8722 VolP: 18722
Dispatch Office (760) 771-8588
Mechanics' Shop (760) 238-9794 VoIP 18472 (760) 238-9795 VoIP 18473
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