Monroe Public Schools: Transportation Department
Welcome to Monroe Public Schools Transportation Department. Safety is our top priority and we take our job of carrying students to and from school very seriously. Our drivers travel almost 750,000 miles each year carrying more than 3,000 students each day. If you have questions about a bus route or other services, please use the "Contact Us" button above.
Where are our schools?
School Attendance areas - Interactive School Boundaries Map
For information about possible school closure or limited bus transportation please check "Inclement Weather Changes." This will link you to the Puget Sound area network of Emergency Information. This site offers the most up to date school schedule changes if snow or other storms threaten student safety.
When Flooding occurs buses will not travel:
- Tester Road past 157th and Sky Meadows Lane
- Tualco Loop Road
- Ben Howard Road past the Steffens Farm
When Limited Routes are announced, check this online list.
Today’s Timely Transportation TipPlease help your child plan the morning routine to arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before pick up time. While we strive for each route to arrive as schedules, some buses can arrive early (or late L) because of trains, low ridership on a day, or a substitute driver. Arrive early ensures all children make it to school on time.
If you have a suggestion or comments on what you would like to see on this page, please e-mail the Transportation Department. We appreciate your interest and want to make this site as useful as possible to you and your family!
Joe Banach, Manager
1410 West Main Street
Monroe, WA 98272
Email: Transportation Department
Joe Banach, Manager - 360.804.2659
Mike Birch, Supervisor
Pat Mata, Secretary
Barb Baanrud, Day Dispatcher/Router - 360.804.2652
Lisa Carlson, Afternoon Dispatcher/Router - 360.804.2653
Kayla Luke, Bus Monitor - 360-804-2650
Bus drivers have an important job of carrying students safely to and from school. They start and finish most students' school day. Below are guidelines for students riding the bus to keep them safe and begin/end their day with a positive experience.
If you have any questions about the rules below or actions on a bus, please call Transportation Department staff at 360.804.2650.
1. Show proper attention and respect to the bus driver at all times.
- The driver is in full charge of the bus and riders at all times. Obey the driver's instructions when boarding, riding, or leaving the bus.
- In unusual situations, the driver may determine it to be safest and in the best interest of the riders to return to a school site.
2. Students are responsible for safe and considerate behavior while at the bus stop.
- Be at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled bus time. The bus cannot wait for tardy students as it has a schedule to ensure students arrive at school on time.
- Students who miss the bus are to return home. Any alternative arrangement for getting to school needs the written permission of a parent or guardian.
- Use available street shoulders or sidewalks. When it is necessary to walk along the roadway, walk on the left shoulder, facing oncoming traffic.
- While waiting for the bus, students are to stay off the traveled portion of the roadway. Stand on the sidewalk if there is one.
- Students are not to engage in horseplay and are to respect the property of homeowners in the area.
- Exercise care when crossing the roadway. Always cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus, and only when the driver signals it is safe to do so.
- When loading, be courteous and remain in a line. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before moving toward it.
- When loading, students are to go directly to a seat, sit down, and remain seated.
- It is not safe to loiter by the bus or race beside a bus when it is moving.
3. Students are responsible for respecting themselves, others, and property.
- Students are under the supervision of the bus driver and must obey the driver when boarding, riding, or leaving the bus.
- Students are expected to be courteous to fellow students and the driver.
- Any damage is to be reported to the driver and repairs paid for by the offender.
- All rules applicable to the classroom and/or on school grounds apply to the school bus.
- Help keep the bus clean by taking trash off the bus or by depositing it in the container at the front of the bus as you are departing.
- The driver may assign seats to students. If assigned to a seat, students may change seats only with the driver's permission.
4. Students are responsible for helping to maintain a safe, positive bus environment.
- Students are to ride their regularly assigned bus only and leave the bus at their regular stop. To ride another bus or get off at a different stop requires the written request of a parent or guardian. When parent/guardian request is received, the principal or designee may grant the student, if room on the requested bus, the required bus pass to board the bus.
- Students are not to stand or sit in the stepwell or in the driver's seat. Students are to remain seated, facing forward, while the bus is in operation, with their feet and body out of the aisle.
- It is important not to distract the driver while the bus is in operation, except for emergencies.
- School projects (e.g. rockets, dioramas, kites) and all sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, skateboards, roller blades) should be transported fully enclosed in a backpack, bag, or box.
- The following items are not allowed on the bus:
- breakable containers (e.g. glass bottles, aquariums),
- all forms of animal life, with the exception of service dogs, and
- other articles which could adversely affect the safety of the bus and
passengers (i.e. objects that cannot be safely carried in your lap).
- breakable containers (e.g. glass bottles, aquariums),
- Absolute quiet is necessary while the bus is approaching, at, and crossing railroad tracks, so the driver can listen for approaching trains.
- Students are to go promptly to their bus when dismissed from school. When they leave the bus, they are to go directly home.
- Open bus windows not more than six inches (6") and only if the driver gives permission. Hands, arms, head, feet and legs are to be kept inside the bus at all times. No objects are to be thrown nor passed through open windows or doors. Students will refrain from calling out to people passing by.
- Keep the aisle and front door well clear of books, lunches, coats, packages, and band instruments. When departing, remove all items which were brought onto the bus.
- Eating, drinking and/or chewing gum on the bus are at the discretion of the bus driver.
- Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop. Students in the front of the bus will unload first. Leave the bus in an orderly manner.
- Leave the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and emergency door alone. Use them only in an emergency and with the permission of the driver or another authorized person.
- In an emergency situation, follow the procedures practiced in emergency exit drills.