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DPS to provide yellow bus transportation for all eligible students in 2021-2022

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The Dayton Public School District will provide yellow bus transportation for all eligible students in grades PreK-12 beginning next school year. 

This is possible after the Board of Education voted to approve a contract with First Student, a school bus transportation company that will take over all charter and parochial school routes next year. The district will continue to transport all eligible DPS students, while First Student will transport charter and parochial school students. 

With DPS drivers no longer covering non-DPS schools, buses will run on a two-tiered system. DPS bus routes will be announced to parents in mid-July. 

In addition to daily school routes, DPS buses will now be available to transport students to and from athletic events and class field trips. 

“This change will positively impact all DPS students,” said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. “Busing students of all grade levels will not only benefit their academic performance, but also their attendance. Without needing to transport non-DPS students, families can also be assured that students will be picked up and dropped off on a regular schedule.”

DPS bus driver positions will not be cut due to the change. Bus drivers are still needed to cover new DPS routes, field trips and athletic transportation. Those interested in applying for a bus driver position can visit to learn more. 

The 2021-2022 bell schedule can be found here

Please note: 

  • To be eligible for busing, students must be farther than 1.5 miles from their school. (This has not changed)
  • Students who opt for intradistrict open enrollment to another DPS school that is not in their neighborhood will not be eligible for busing. (This has not changed)
  • Daycare busing will occur when the daycare is on the neighborhood school’s normal route.
  • Parents will be notified about whether their student is eligible for busing in mid-July.
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