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Field Trip Information

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Field trip information 2017-2018

(Internal Use Only)


  • Field trip bus rates are set at $41.46 per hour and $3.33 per mile

  • $100 Cancellation fee if bus is not cancelled at least 24 hours prior to departure

  • 7 passenger van use is $40 use per trip and $.57 per mile.

  • Van use must be cleared with the Transportation office prior to putting it into Transtraks

  • $50 cancellation fee if van is not cancelled at least 24 hours prior to departure

General Information

  • Submit all requests on the TransTraks electronic request form

  • Please Make sure to fill the request out completely with all arrival and departure times along with student, teacher and chaperone counts

  • If you have a long out of town trip with multiple stops please include an itinerary.  Any additional stops for a trip must be included with the trip request or the additional stops may be denied

  • Bus capacity is 60 passengers(students, staff and chaperones all together for high school and middle school trips) and 70 passengers(students, staff and chaperones all together for elementary school)

  • Transportation has the right to add buses if they think the bus will be over crowded or go over capacity

  • Trips that require an overnight stay or are extensive in time may require accommodations for the driver, which must be arranged for and paid by the requesting party

  • MPUSD Transportation must deny your trip before you can contract and outside agency

Bus Requests

  • All trip requests Pick up time must be no earlier than 9 am, unless you have contacted Transportation for a special request and it has been approved

  • All trips must return and be back to the SCHOOL SITE no later than 1:45 pm.  Bus Drivers can not miss their afternoon pick ups, unless you have made a special request which Transportation has approved.

  • Wednesday Field trips students can be picked up at 9 but must return to school by 12pm

  • Wednesday Field trips also have the option of being picked up at the school at 3pm and returning at whatever time in the evening

  • Field trips are assigned to the drivers every Thursday for the next week of trips.  Any scheduling changes must be requested to the Field Trip Dispatcher before Thursday the week prior or they may be denied.


  • The mileage for weekday trips between 9-1:45 are charged from school site back to the school site.

  • Weekend trip mileage and hours will still be billed from the Bus yard back to the Bus yard

  • Please make sure you have a listed budget string on your trip.  If the cost of the trip is being covered by another site, department, agency or organization, do not attach a budget string, but please note and provide the specific contact and billing information.

NOTE: Certain dates and periods will be blacked out due to scheduling issues and program demands on Transportation, for example the last week of the school year.  No trips will be accepted.  We will update the black out dates as we have more information.


Transportation Safety Plan

As required by the California Education Code 39831.3. (a) The county superintendent of schools, the superintendent of a school district, or the owner or operator of a private school that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity shall prepare a transportation safety plan containing procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe transport of pupils. The plan shall be revised as required. The plan shall address all of the following: 

  1. Procedures for determining if students require escort

  2. Procedures for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade identifying how students are to board and exit the bus at each school bus stop

  3. Procedures for boarding or exiting the school bus at school or other trip destination

To view the Transportation Safety Plan please click below:

Comments or Concerns

As a department we want to continue to improve the service we provide to the students of our district. If you have any comments, concerns or if you just want to let us know what a great job one of our drivers is doing please send an email to Tom Thorpe

Transportation Department

Main Office

540 Canyon Del Rey Suite #4

Monterey, Ca 93940

Phone Number: 831-392-3999

Fax Number: 831-392-3450

Transportation Team

Tom Thorpe
Director of Transportation
Sean Graham 
Dispatch Lead

Eddie Schulz
Taylor Crismon

Gabriela Ortiz
Clerk - Bus Passes

Employment Opportunities



Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is hiring part time and full time school bus drivers. College students, stay at home parents, retirees and veterans encouraged to apply. See Bus Driver position at the Monterey Peninsula website or apply at and look for open positions with Monterey Peninsula Unified.

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