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After further consideration, the transportation department has decided to postpone acceptance of route J/Z bus applications. The District awaits anticipated direction following the reopening of California planned June 15, 2021. We are hopeful the state's reopening message will contain updated guidance on the spacing of students on school buses.

As you may be aware, current spacing allows for one student per seat, and at least six feet distance between the bus driver and students. We are restricted to 25 students on a 78-passenger bus. Unless the state guidelines allow for increased capacity on our buses, we will continue to be restricted in our route offerings.

The rescheduled date will be announced following review of new information from the CDC, State, and County. Please continue to check your emails and the PAUSD transportation website for updates.

Palo Alto Unified School District offers limited transportation to our Stanford West / Los Altos Hills students for a fee. Exemptions are available for families who qualify for free and reduced meals. (Visit lunchpp.com for more information.) All students are required to have a bus pass. Annual and semester passes are available for purchase including the choice of round trip or one-way options. Single afternoon bus passes are also available at Lucile Nixon Elementary, Ellen Fletcher Middle and Henry M. Gunn High School. Day passes are only accepted based on seating availability.

Transportation services are available for students enrolled in the Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP).

Palo Unified School District, Palo Alto PTA and the City of Palo Alto are committed to creating and sustaining a community partnership to reduce risks to students and encourage more families to walk, bike and use other alternatives to driving. More information is available on City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School.

RIDES for Bay Area Commuters has created an online School Pool Request to match PAUSD families who would like to form a carpool, walkpool, or bike pool.

If you have any questions please contact the Transportation Department at (650) 329-3982.