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Rocklin Unified School District School Buses
The Transportation Department is committed to providing a safe, efficient, and dependable transportation option for general education and special education students and transportation for field trips. The district’s buses travel more than a quarter million miles annually and transport more than 1,000 students daily. Rocklin Unified recognizes buses' important role in saving lives, reducing traffic, and improving air quality. Thanks to state and local air quality district grants, the Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) received grant funding for eight electric buses and chargers.
In Rocklin Unified, the school bus environment is viewed as an extension of the classroom. It is acknowledged that students' experiences during transit directly impact their educational day. Therefore, fostering open communication and collaboration among parents, drivers, students, and teachers is paramount. The primary objective is ensuring safety by supporting and guiding each child with care, empathy, enthusiasm, and sincerity daily, serving the students, district, and community to the best of their abilities.
School bus drivers are recognized as pivotal in ensuring the safe transportation of school children. While the sturdy structure of the school bus offers considerable protection in case of accidents, the expertise and dedication of these highly trained professionals often prevent potential crashes.

School Bus Safety Tips

  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled stop time.
  • Go directly to the bus stop and directly home at the end of your bus ride
  • Plan and use the safest route with the fewest streets to cross to get to and from your bus stop
  • Never run to a bus. Always walk and remain at least 12 feet away on your approach until the driver identifies you, stops, and opens the doors to the bus
  • Stand at least 12 feet away from your school bus when it stops to load passengers
  • The bus driver may not see you if you are standing closer than 12 feet to the bus. Stay out of the danger zone!
  • Wait until the bus stops and the door opens before approaching the bus.
  • Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus
  • The Danger zone is 12 feet all around the bus. If you can't see the driver, the driver can't see you. Stay back until the bus stops.
  • Students shall inform the driver when needing to cross the street where the school bus is traveling.

Bus Routes (2023-24)

Click here to review the 2023-24 Designated Bus Routes. 
  • Bus routes, stop locations and times are subject to change.
  • Please have your student waiting at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the pick-up time.
  • Bus route numbers are displayed on the school bus just to the left of the entrance door.  
  • Students must carry their bus passes daily to identify themselves and to have access to services. 
  • Current stop times can be verified by calling the Transportation Department.

School Bus Pass Information

School Bus Pass Information

For General Education Students

  • The Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) offers limited general education busing for the following schools:
    • Rocklin High School, Whitney High Schooll
    • Granite Oaks Middle School, Spring View Middle Schooll
    • Antelope Creek Elementary, Parker Whitney Elementary, Rocklin Elementary, Sierra Elementary, Twin Oaks Elementary, Valley View Elementary.
  • Please review the designated Routes for Stop Locations closest to your residence.
  • No services are offered for Intra or Inter-District transfers.
  • Services are available only to the neighborhood stops in which the student lives.
  • A current application MUST be on file each year the student rides the bus, and payment or Eligibility Letter must be received before the student receives transportation services.
  • Please submit one application per family.
  • The student’s photo from last school year will be used on the bus pass. If families would like to update their child's photo instead of using last year’s photo, please submit a current student photo to If your child is new to Rocklin Unified, and they do not have a photo on file, please email one.
  • The bus driver will hand out bus passes to the students during the first few weeks of school. Students will be allowed to ride without a bus pass until all applications have been processed and bus passes distributed. The bus driver will notify students when it becomes mandatory to show their bus pass.

For Special Education Students

If a student requires specialized transportation due to his/her disability, it should be documented on the student's IEP, and the IEP team will complete a Transportation Request and Information Form. The teacher or Program Specialist will notify the Transportation Department if transportation is a required-related service as decided upon by the IEP team.

Online Bus Pass Applications (with Credit/Debit Payment)

  • Rocklin Unified recommends completing an Online Bus Pass Application through the MySchoolBucks platform for quicker processing. The balance will show zero until the Transportation Department reviews and confirms the correct bus stop. 
  • The Application will be reviewed and approved. Online applications DO NOT need to be mailed to the Transportation Department office.
  • Once approved, an invoice will be sent via MySchoolBucks. The fee will be based on the type of bus service requested. 
  • No service is available until the invoice has been paid or the parent has provided Transportation with a Nutritional Services Free or Reduced Eligibility Letter.
    • The online application has a box to check if you will provide this letter. Please email it to the Transportation Department at Transportation will match the letter with the student's bus pass application, submitted in-person or online.
  • Payments are accepted through MySchoolBucks (credit or debit payments ONLY for online applications).

In-Person and Mail-in Paper Applications

  • Families may print out a Bus Pass Application and mail it to the RUSD Transportation Department (2225 Corporation Yard Road, Rocklin, CA 95677; 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). They may also visit the office to apply for a Bus Pass in-person.  
  • Families may use the After-Hours Drop Box if they drop off a printed application after business hours. Starting July 1, applications will be processed in the order received. 
  • Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted as all printed Bus Pass Applications require an original signature.
  • Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
  • Payments accepted: check, money order, cashier’s check, or EXACT cash. Rocklin Unified does not accept credit, debit, or electronic payments for applications mailed in or dropped off in person.

Summer School Bus Pass Application Process

If your student is attending summer school and wishes to have bus service, the Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) Transportation Department requires students to have a new Bus Transportation Application on file. 

Transportation for Special Needs Students Attending Extended School Year (ESY):
Families should have already received an application from the RUSD Transportation Department in the mail. If you did not receive an application, please contact the Transportation Department.

Transportation Needs for General Education Students: 
Please print out the Summer School Transportation Application, complete the applicable sections, and sign and date the application (paper applications are available at the Transportation Department). Applications may either be mailed to or dropped off in person at the Transportation Department. A Drop Box is available if you turn in applications outside of business hours. The deadline to return applications is Friday, May 31, 2024. There is no fee for summer school transportation. The route bus stops and times list is available by clicking here.

Please contact the Transportation Department if you have any questions.
Click here for the printable Summer School 2024 Transportation Application for General Education Students.
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Job Opportunities

The Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) seeks enthusiastic individuals to join our team as school bus drivers. Click here to explore the job description and start your application process today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the salary range for school bus drivers?
The current Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) Bus Driver salary ranges from $24.73 - $31.58 per hour.
What is a typical day like for a school bus driver?
Drivers arrive early in the morning to do a safety check on their bus before beginning their route. The typical work hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and then breaks until school dismissal. The morning route(s) can last from three to four hours. After delivering the students to school, drivers are finished until their afternoon route begins. At approximately 1:30 p.m., drivers return to transport the students home. A typical work day for bus drivers ends by 5:00 p.m.
Does Rocklin Unified offer a benefits package?
Yes! In fact, they're some of the best you’ll find. Rocklin Unified offers several options for its employees, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
How many hours could I expect to work?
Current bus driving positions range from five to six hours per day. Typically, a driver will begin as a substitute, filling in for drivers out sick or off work for other reasons. As permanent positions become available, substitutes are usually first in line to fill the vacancies.
What are the job requirements to become a school bus driver?
No experience is required to become a school bus driver! Rocklin Unified does provide free training for new drivers.
  • Must have a good driving record.
  • Must pass Fingerprint Background Check.
  • Must pass and adhere to drug and alcohol testing.
  • Obtain a Commercial Driver License.
  • Obtain first aid training and certification.
  • Obtain medical clearance from the DMV.
  • Completing 40 hours of training (20 hours classroom; and 20 hours behind the wheel).
  • Attendance of all classes is mandated.
  • Attend the Orientation session (orientation will review the certification process).
  • Must enjoy driving and interacting with students!
Please call the RUSD Transportation Department at (916) 624-9106 for information iand to learn when the next New Driver Orientation will be!