Transportation Services

3427 Southwest Boulevard, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-801-8550 Fax: 614-801-8568

South-Western City Schools Transportation Department serves 31 schools in the South-Western City School District, the South-Western Career Academy, six Preschool buildings, 22 special needs schools within the SWCS boundaries, 21 Non-Public Schools, and 12 special needs schools outside the district boundaries.

The South-Western City School District owns 193 school buses. On a daily basis, more than 13,800 South-Western students in grades K-12 are transported on 157 buses to and from school. Approximately 2,000 non-public school students in grades k-12 are transported daily to their assigned school buildings. This school year, South-Western school buses will travel more than 14,000 miles a day.

Bus Safety Guidelines

Be Safe on Your School Bus

Be Safe Walking to School

Student Transportation Guidelines

SWCS School Bus Jive

A K-8 safety video featuring bus drivers from the South-Western City School District.

Transportation Opt-In Forms

(English) / (Spanish) / (Somali)

Transportation 11th and 12th Grade Opt-In Forms

The Opt-In program is designed for 11th and 12th grade students who wish to utilize SWCS transportation services. As we strive to serve our students better and more efficiently, we have found that many of our high school juniors and seniors choose not to ride a school bus to and from school each day.  The Opt-In program reserves that daily seat for those 11th and 12th grade students choosing to ride a school bus.

Student Transportation Guidelines

School bus transportation is a service provided by the South-Western City School District Board of Education and should be regarded as a privilege by students and parents. It is expected that those who ride SWCS school buses will observe classroom conduct at all times.


  1. Students should follow all directions the first time they are given.
  2. Students are expected to observe classroom conduct at all times while on the bus (see Student Code of Conduct).
  3. Students should leave and board the bus at the designated stop, unless the student has a note signed by the building principal stating otherwise. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.
  4. Students are not to cross the street to enter or exit the bus until the driver motions them across.
  5. Students must maintain absolute quiet at railroad crossings and other places of danger as specified by the driver.
  6. Students are not permitted to bring items on the bus larger than those which can be held on the student’s lap. Animals, glass, or liquids are not permitted on SWCS school buses. (Ohio Revised Code 4511.76).


  1. Parents are responsible for the safety and discipline of their children while going to and from the bus stop.
  2. Parents are urged to have their children at the bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of time as buses operate on a time schedule, which does not permit waiting for tardy students. If a child's bus is more than 15 minutes late, please contact the Transportation Department at 801-8550.
  3. Parents will be monetarily responsible for any damage incurred to a bus by their children.
  4. The school does not enter disputes involving parents and students before pick-up or after return to the bus stop.
  5. Please do not discuss bus problems with the driver while he/she is on the route. This delays the schedule of the bus. Call the Transportation Department at 801-8550 to report any concerns.


Proper conduct on a school bus is necessary to ensure the safety of all students and the driver. When a student does not display proper conduct on a bus, suspension and/or expulsion from the bus can be the result of the misbehavior. School personnel will make every effort to protect the rights of the student through the use of due process procedures when suspension or expulsion is used.

Discipline Code

  1. Bus stops: Improper behavior at school bus stops, such as physical aggressiveness and property destruction, will not be tolerated.
  2. Seating: Pupils should go immediately to their assigned seat and remain seated at all times.
  3. Obscene language/gestures/spitting: This type of behavior will not be tolerated.
  4. Objects: Heads, arms and legs must be kept inside the bus at all times; no objects are to be thrown on or outside the school bus.
  5. Fighting/pushing/tripping: This type of behavior is not permitted at any time.
  6. Tobacco/alcohol/drugs: The possession or tobacco (in any form), alcohol or drugs is not be permitted on school buses.
  7. Food/drink: Eating and/or drinking on a school bus is not permitted, except as required for medical/health reasons.
  8. Damage: A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to a school bus.

Discipline Procedures

  1. First violation
    The student is warned by the bus driver. The student's name is recorded by the driver.
  2. Second violation
    A written record is made by the bus driver. The student’s parent will be notified. A student may be reassigned a designated seat closer to the bus driver.
  3. Third violation
    The principal is notified by the bus driver in writing. The principal can hold a conference with the bus driver, student, and/or parent. The principal can suspend the riding privileges of the student for a designated period of time.
  4. Continued violations
    The third violation process is repeated.

If an incident occurs on the school bus which, according to the Student Code of conduct, calls for suspension from school, the Students Code of Conduct will take precedence. The student will be suspended from school.
A bus driver can request that a student be suspended from the bus for repeated minor misbehavior, such as refusal to follow directions.

Suspension sequence

  1. First suspension
    Three days off the school bus.
  2. Second suspension
    Five days off the school bus.
  3. Third suspension
    Ten days off the school bus.
  4. Fourth suspension
    Suspension from the school bus for the remainder of the semester.
  5. Severe clause
    A severe incident could result in immediate suspension from the school bus.

Suspension appeal

A parent/guardian of a student wishing to appeal a school bus suspension may do so by contacting the building principal within 24 hours of the suspension.

Arrival/Departure Times
Arrival Departure
Elementary Schools
7:50 a.m.- First Run 2:30 p.m. - First Run
8:10 a.m. - Second Run 2:45 p.m. - Second Run
Intermediate Schools
8:50 a.m.- First Run 3:55 p.m. - First Run
9:10 a.m. - Second Run 4:10 p.m. - Second Run
Middle Schools
8:50 a.m.- First Run 3:55 p.m. - First Run
9:10 a.m. - Second Run 4:10 p.m. - Second Run
High Schools
7:20 a.m. 3:25 p.m.


Pick up/Drop off Locations

To provide the safest environment possible for children, bus riders will have one pick up and drop off location only.


School bus stops are evaluated and determined annually by the Transportation Department.  Stops are then submitted to and approved by the Board of Education.  Many factors are considered when creating bus stop locations and bus routes.  The goal is to create the safest and most efficient locations while maintaining a high level of convenience for students. 

In residential areas, whenever possible, elementary and intermediate stops are located within 1,750 feet of a student’s residence and 2,650 feet of a middle and high school student’s residence.  Established walk areas are no more than one mile for elementary school students, one and a half miles for intermediate school students, and two miles for middle and high school students.

If you feel your child’s bus stop does not fit within these guidelines, please fill out and submit the Bus Stop Issue Submittal Form (click here for the form) via e-mail to or through the post office to the Transportation Department, 3427 Southwest Boulevard, Grove City, Ohio 43123.

Your issue will be evaluated and responded to as quickly as possible.

Guest Ride Passes

Students may ride only the bus to which they are assigned. An exception may be permitted in the event of an emergency and when the following criteria are met:

  1. A signed note from a parent of each party involved
  2. If and only if there is sufficient space available on the bus

When a student will be riding a bus other than his/her own, or riding as a guest, the student is to bring his/her parental permission note to the office at the beginning of the day. The office staff will authorize a guest ride pass and notify the transportation department of the change in ride status.

Due to late enrollments and route changes, buses may run late at the start of the school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

(coming soon)

Buster and Simple

A school bus safety program, Buster and Simple, is operated by South-Western City School District school bus drivers.

Buster is a remote-controlled bus has “talking” capabilities with working lights and a school bus stop sign. Buster travels to the schools to help explain to students what the school bus will be doing as it travels along its route.

Simple is a clown that learns school bus safety rules along with the students. Bus rules and bus safety are discussed throughout the program.

This program is recommended for students in grades K-3.

Transportation Coloring Book

Transportation Facilities

3427 Southwest Boulevard
Grove City, Ohio 43123

School buses are serviced in-house by highly trained mechanics.  The buses are housed in a 13-acre lot behind the transportation services building.

Miles Travelled from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 2,534,404
Field Trips 1,637

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presents the 2013-2014 Transportation Update at the February 24, 2014 Board of Education meeting.

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presents the Transportation Statistics at the February 25, 2013 Board of Education meeting.

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presents the Transportation Update at the February 27, 2012 Board of Education meeting.

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presented a Transportation Update at the March 22, 2010 Board of Education meeting.

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Transportation Opt In Forms

Student Transportation Guidelines

Bus Safety Guidelines

Arrival/Departure Times

Bus Stop Issue Submittal Form

Guest Ride Passes

Frequently Asked Questions

Buster and Simple

Transportation Coloring Book

Facts from T- Reports

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presents the Transportation Statistics at the February 25, 2013 Board of Education meeting.

Tim Cox, Transportation Supervisor, presents the Transportation Update at the February 27, 2012 Board of Education meeting.