School Bus Passes
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will provide home-to-school transportation for students living beyond the distance established by the Board of Education.
Eligibility for Transportation
The following guidelines shall be used in providing home-to-school transportation for students who live beyond the following distance to/from their school of attendance. Distance is measured from the entrance of the school to points around the school forming a circle with the established distance being the radius of the circle.
- Elementary School - 1.75 Miles
- Middle School - 2.25 Miles
- High School - 3.25 Miles
Passes shall be issued annually, by semester, for one-way or round-trip transportation. The pass will provide home-to-school or school-to-home or one-way transportation as specified for each school day. Transportation shall be provided to elementary school students who would otherwise have to cross railroad tracks to walk to school/home.
Empty Seat Program
Transportation may be provided on a "space available" basis to those students who live too close to the school to qualify for busing. "Space available" is determined after students who are eligible for transportation services have obtained bus passes and all routes have been made as efficient as possible. Following the notification of parents, applications will be accepted for seats, which are empty, and in excess of approximately 15% of the seating capacity which will be left open for growth. In the event that more applications are received than there are seats available, applications will be selected at random by lottery. The parent/guardian will be required to agree that seats will be forfeited if space is no longer available. Fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis upon forfeiture of seats.
NOTE: If a student is provided with a transfer to another school within the district, transportation must be provided by the parent/guardian.
Obtaining a Bus Pass Application
You may obtain a bus pass application at your school office, the district bus pass office, or by downloading the application from this website.
Bus Pass Office at the District
1301 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
1301 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
Placentia, CA 92870
Bus Pass Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 to 3:00
Cost of a Bus Pass
All students riding school buses, home-to-school and/or school-to-home shall pay fees as set forth by the Board of Education.
The first three children in a family will be charged according to the above fee schedule. The fourth and any additional children will be provided transportation at no additional charge.
Exempt Bus Passes
The following students shall be exempt from fees:
- Students receiving Special Education services, which include transportation as specified in their IEP.
Families qualifying under state law and regulations for free or reduced-cost transportation.
Note: For the convenience of our district families there is an after-hours mail drop box at the Bus Pass office.Bus Pass Office
1301 E. Orangethorpe AvenuePlacentia, CA 92870(714) 985-8485(714) 986-7003 - FaxCorner of Jefferson and OrangethorpeOn Hill, Above El Camino High School
Bus Pass Office HoursMonday - Friday 9:00 to 3:00How Will Bus Passes Be ReceivedIf you apply in person at the Bus Pass office your pass will be received at the time you apply.If applied for by mail, please allow two weeks.Items Needed to Apply for a Bus Pass
NOTE: To qualify for either a free or reduced cost bus pass, you must provide a copy of the Approval Letter from Food Services that indicates your eligibility for free or reduced meals under the Federal Program.What Form of Payment Is Accepted
Proof of Residency (i.e., Gas Bill, Electric Bill)
Current Small Photo of Child Applying for Bus Pass
Payment (Cash, Check or Money Order, Visa or MasterCard)
Check or Money Order (Checks Made out to P.Y.L.U.S.D.)
Visa / MasterCard
Returned Checks: If a check is returned there is a $ 20.00 service fee.Free or Reduced PassTo qualify for either a free or reduced cost bus pass, you must provide a copy of the Approval Letter from Food Services that indicates your eligibility for free or reduced meals under the Federal Program.Semester Renewal of Bus PassesSemester renewal applications will be sent to appropriate rider's home four weeks before the end of the semester.Replacement/Lost PassesIf a bus pass is lost or damaged it can be replaced for a fee of $10.00 along with a new picture of the student. This can be done at the bus pass office.Refunds for Bus PassA refund is given for the following reasons only:
- The family moves out of the district (withdrawal slip required).
The family moves to an area in the district where the student will not be eligible for transportation.
The student enters a special program where the IEP qualifies the student for free transportation.
The family qualifies for free or reduced cost transportation during the year.
Requests for refunds must be made at the district transportation office and the pass must be surrendered in order to receive a refund. Refunds will be prorated for the remaining time of validity of the pass, less a $10.00 handling fee.Misuse of PassesStudents attempting to use a lost, stolen, borrowed or forged pass may lose their riding privileges for the remainder of the year (without refund). Passes may not be used by anyone other than the person to whom it is issued to.Forgotten PassesEach bus driver maintains a "No Pass Log" in his or her bus. According to the student's grade level, they are able to ride the bus until they have forgotten their pass the following amount of times:
- Elementary - 3 Warnings
Junior High - 2 Warnings
High School - 1 Warning
After the student has exceeded their "grace" time, they may be denied transportation services.