Learning Opportunities Abound!The Forsyth County Schools Transportation Department provides service for any eligible student to and from school each day. In addition, thousands of students receive transportation service during the school year for activities that enhance the learning experience but are available only outside the school setting. Those activities include, but are not limited to field trips, athletics, club events, and academic competitions.
The school system recognizes that not every student participates in every (or any) activity outside the school and therefore not every student receives the benefit of these additional transportation services. In 2003, the local schools and the Transportation Department agreed to the practice of assessing and billing the costs for all activity trips requested by the schools. Therefore, rather than “pass the cost” of these activities to all students or all taxpayers, the students (or organizations) that use the service are billed for the service. These are generally recognized as “activity fees” or “user fees.”
The cost of any “activity trip” for SY 2018-19 will be determined by the department prior to the start of school. Mileage will be charged for the round trip from the school to the active site. The driver cost will be based on the “zero step” of the compensation schedule for school bus drivers and include the average overtime costs for bus drivers who do trips.
When we receive the actual miles and hours from the driver’s voucher the trip charge is billed to the school. It is left to the school how to collect the funds necessary to “pay the bill.” Our charges are significantly lower than chartering a bus for a trip and our buses are arguably the safest form of student transportation available.
Each school establishes a procedure by which fees for activity trips are assessed, collected and remitted to the Finance Department.We believe school bus transportation is the safest, most effective mode of transportation for our students; whether to and from home or to and from school-sponsored activities. We further believe it is one of the most economical modes of student transportation. By minimizing the cost of service to our schools (and taxpayers) for activity trips, we a) encourage the use of school buses by our schools, b) continue to “protect students and support quality learning” in an equitable manner, and c) operate as responsible stewards of the resources we receive from our local taxpayers.