NTPS Transportation: "Above and Beyond"

  • Mission: Committed to providing safe and efficient student transportation in a caring and positive environment.

    Questions or concerns? Call us!  360-412-4545 

    Please remember, it is important for both you and your student to memorize:

    • Your bus route number
    • Your bus stop location
    • Your regular pickup and drop-off times 

    Don't forget to tell this info to the person you have designated to meet your child.

    We have forms in other languages that can be emailed, mailed, and returned via email to dispatch@nthurston.k12.wa.us, mailed, or dropped off.

    REMINDER! Students who have not utilized transportation for 20 days total will be marked inactive in the SmartTAG system. If this occurs, please contact Transportation to reactivate your students.

Activate your Smart Tag account!

Reserve Your Seat!

  • Register to ride the bus

    We will continue to require ALL students to register to ride the bus in the 22-23 school year. More fall information >>  Your student's route information will be posted to Smart Tag accounts in the last week of August! Please check your Smart Tag parent portal and they may start riding the bus when it shows routing.

Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

  • REMINDER: Transportation services inactive after 20 days of no use

  • How do I register for the bus?

  • Should I register my student if they might need the bus in the future?

  • I do not have access to internet how can I fill out the registration?

  • My student will only need to register for shuttle services during the day not to/from home to school, how do I register for that service?

  • My student has an IEP that outlines that we need special transportation services, do I still need to register?

  • I have a split household and the other parent lives within school boundary that receives bus service for the school my students resides and attends, how do I get that information?

  • Is bus registration required because seats are limited and some students won't receive transportation if they need it?

  • Can a school bus driver report me for going through the bus stop sign & lights? Is there a fine?

  • Can I call or text my drivers during their route time to report lateness or an absence?

  • Can my child ride the bus with their special needs sibling?

  • Can my child's instrument be transported on the bus? What about skateboards & sports equipment?

  • Can my student get on and/or off the bus at a different location?

  • How can I get a bus stop changed? Can I just ask a driver?

  • How do buses work with Boys & Girls Club?

  • How do I become a bus driver?

  • How do I find my student's bus information?

  • How do I get a copy of bus rules?

  • How do I keep my students safe when crossing the street to and from the school bus?

  • How do I report an absence if my child has special transportation?

  • I live in the walk zone, but my child can't walk that far to school? Why can't I have a bus?

  • I want to talk to my student's driver. Can I just meet them at the bus stop?

  • I'm not getting automated messages about late times from transportation. What do I do?

  • If I do not qualify for a bus can I take my student to the closest bus stop?

  • If the driver can be late to a stop, why can't they wait when my student is running late?

  • Is a bus a slow-moving vehicle? Do they have to pull over and let cars pass?

  • It's my students first day, can I ride the bus with them?

  • My Address or Phone Number has changed. What do I do?

  • My child missed the bus. Can I follow the bus & have them board at the next stop?

  • My student left something on the bus, how do I report it?

  • The bus arrived late at the school. Will it be held against their attendance?

  • What if my child attends Day Care?

  • What time is early release?

  • What time is half day release?

  • What training and safety checks are done before someone can be a bus driver?

  • When is the driver responsible for my student?

  • Where can I find information on the school bus inspections?

  • Where do I report a compliment, concern, or question I have?

  • Where does my pre-K student or Kindergarten student go if I am not at the bus stop?

  • Who is responsible for discipline on the bus?

  • Why does my student have to be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to be there?

  • Why doesn't the District provide transportation for students with approved waivers?

  • Will you make my child get off the bus if they are not comfortable because I am not there?