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It is with utmost regret, PAUSD must temporarily suspend transportation service for Stanford West and Los Altos Hills (route J and Z) to Nixon Elementary, Ellen Fletcher Middle, and Gunn High Schools for the 2021-22 fall semester.

The suspension in transportation service is necessary due to PAUSD's critical need for certified school bus drivers. Finding school bus drivers has been a longstanding challenge not only for Palo Alto Unified but many school districts nationwide. Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has only exacerbated this crucial district need. Competition from delivery services, tech company transportation, short hours, rigorous training, and a nonexistent substitute driver pool has forced us to make this very difficult decision.

PAUSD continues to focus efforts on its driver recruitment campaign to attract, train, certify, and hire additional school bus drivers. Accordingly, please share the details about PAUSD's free school bus driver training with anyone interested. If you are, or know a certified school bus driver, please share the link to apply for available permanent positions. PAUSD offers competitive pay and benefits.

Finally, consideration will be given to resume our Route J and Z service as our bus driver staffing allows. If you have any questions or concerns, please use Let's Talk to reach our staff.

Updated 7/21/21

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 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.