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Back to school: Early bird bus rates in effect until Aug. 31

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; Bus passes for the 2011-’12 school year are now on sale, and early-bird savings will be in effect until Aug. 31. For the third consecutive year, passes will remain at the same price.Applications must be submitted each year, but if a child attended TTUSD last year, it is not necessary to submit or take a new photo; the child’s school photo from last fall will be used on the bus pass. Applications may purchased online at ttusd.org with a credit or debit card or printed out from the TTUSD website and mailed in to the transportation office with payment.If a student did not have a TTUSD school picture taken last year, he or she may still submit an application online or by mail but will need to send a photo via e-mail or have one taken at the transportation office. For individuals who do not have access to a computer, applications must be submitted in person.Students requiring a free or reduced bus pass, however, will need to apply in person. Processing dates are being offered at many school sites in the district.TTUSD Transportation personnel request that individuals arrive with their applications completed; applications may be downloaded on the district’s website at http://www.ttusd.org/transportation.The TTUSD bus fleet, which is equipped with GPS units and card readers, allows transportation officials to determine in real time when and where students get on and off the bus, and has proven to be a valuable safety feature for the district, according to Nanette Rondeau, TTUSD’s director of transportation.All students must have a personalized 2011-’12 bus pass in their possession in order to ride the school bus to and from school.All passes must be purchased in advance and bus drivers will accept no cash.No students will be denied transportation at any bus stop in the morning unless they have lost their transportation privileges.Master bus schedules are now posted on the district’s website, and are available in the Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, edition of the Sierra Sun. To view them digitally, click on “E-edition” at the top of sierrasun.com, and find the pages within the Back To School section.

andamp;#8226; Requirements: In order to ride the school bus to and from school, all students andamp;#8212; pre-kindergarten through 12th grade andamp;#8212; must purchase a pass. All students riding the bus must have an application on file and a valid bus pass in their possession. Upon distribution of transportation passes all students must show/scan their pass when boarding the bus in the morning, midday and afternoon.andamp;#8226; Families must pay for all students at one time.andamp;#8226; Purchase Online: Visit http://www.ttusd.org/transportation and complete application. Follow the instructions to email to bp@ttusd.org and to pay by credit/ debit card using Paypal.andamp;#8226; Purchase By Mail: To purchase pass by mail, send the application (downloadable at http://www.ttusd.org) and fee to TTUSD, Transportation Maintenance andamp; Operations (TMO), 12485 Joerger Dr., Truckee, CA 96161. TTUSD requests that you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application. Students who did not have a TTUSD school picture taken last fall will be required to either submit a JPEG photo via email or have their photo taken in person before distribution; those who elect to submit applications in person will need to bring their children to one of the school sites (see dates and locations below). JPEG photos may be e-mailed to the Transportation Office at bp@ttusd.org.andamp;#8226; Purchase At School Sites: Transportation staff will be at the following schools to process bus pass applications and take student photos, regardless of which school the student will be attending: Truckee Elementary Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Truckee High School andamp;#8212; Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; North Tahoe School (grades 4 through 8) Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; North Tahoe High School andamp;#8212; Aug. 23, noon to 3 p.m.; Alder Creek Middle School Cougar Day andamp;#8212; Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.andamp;#8226; Purchase at Transportation Office: Bus passes may be purchased at the Transportation Maintenance andamp; Operations (TMO) office, located at 12485 Joerger Dr., in Truckee on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.andamp;#8226; Free and Discounted Passes: For a free or reduced pass, a family must be verified through the Food Service Department. Food Service staff will also be at schools on the dates listed above to process the free and reduced application. To determine eligibility, call Rose Wolterbeek at 530-582-2528. Questions? Visit the district website at http://www.ttusd.org or call the transportation office at 530-550-0745..