Durango School District 9-R

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The primary mission of the 9-R Transportation department is to provide students with safe and secure transportation to and from school in a friendly environment that enhances the total learning process.

To accomplish this mission we will:

S   Safely transport students to and from school

A   Always fair, friendly, and professional

F   Focus on a positive atmosphere

E   Efficiently transport students while providing Emotional safety

T   Trust that students will live up to our highest expectation

Y   Yes we can, is our attitude

The Durango School District 9-R Transportation currently operates 23 bus routes, 2 of which are Special Education routes. Most of our routes serve rural areas and outlying subdivisions. We bring 1450 students to and from school on a daily basis, covering approximately 2300 miles.

Our fleet of vehicles consists of 37 large buses, 7 mini buses, 12 trucks and maintenance vehicles, plus 3 SUVs. 3 of our large buses are reserved for out of town trips and 9 are spares that are used when route buses are being repaired or serviced. During an average school year 9-R buses log approximately 400,000 route miles and 135,000 activity miles. In addition to the CDE mandated annual inspection, each of our buses undergoes a monthly maintenance service.

Our drivers complete 2 days of training in August and approximately 18 hours total training through out the shool year.  Our drivers are governed by Colorado Department of Education and Commercial Drivers License Rules and Regulations.  New drivers complete 35 to 40 hours preliminary training and must pass a CDL test before they can drive with students.  All drivers must complete a CDE first-aid certification every two years.

The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S Department of Transportation agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.

School Year Hours

For the 2015-16 school year, our office hours will be Monday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Direct Line: (970) 247-5335

Fax: (970) 247-4400


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Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a complaint who do I talk to?

 You may call the office at 970-247-5335 and you will be put through to the Transportation Director.

How do I find out what bus my child will ride to and from school?

You may call the Transportation Office anytime during our office hours. Our office hours are as follows: Monday-  7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Is bus transportation provided for a kindergarten student?

The District does provide service for kindergarten. Kindergarten will ride the regular route buses.


Is bus transportation provided for a preschool student?

The preschool teachers will provide the parent with the preschool form. The parent will return the form to the school and the school will fax the form to transportation coordinator to be approved by the transportation director. The transportation coordinator will notify the parent of the bus route, time and the special instructions for parents.


How can I help ensure that my child will not miss the school bus? How soon should my child be at the bus stop?

Have your child arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before their scheduled pick up time, however the driver cannot wait for late riders.

Prepare your child for longer waits in inclement weather with suitable clothing for a possible longer wait. All stops will be serviced in stormy weather. Your child returning home after waiting only a few minutes past the pickup time, usually result in him/her just missing a late running bus.


My student needs to ride to/from school with a student who is on a different bus route, is this allowed?

Yes, with a note from the parent or the school.


What do I do if student didn’t get off at their stop?

 Call the Transportation office.


Do 9-R school buses have seat belts? Are school buses safe?

No, they do not have seat belts.
The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S Department of Transportation agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.


What are the consequences for my student not behaving on a school bus?
  • Verbal warning from the bus driver
  • Written warning, parent contacted by phone
  • 2nd written warning, parent contacted by phone
  • Possible bus suspension from 3 days to suspension off for the school year
Where is the lost and found for school buses?

The item will stay on the bus for approximately a week, and then taken in to the respective school. All cell phones and electronic devices are brought into the transportation office.