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Frequently Asked Questions

There are times when your school bus may arrive later than the scheduled pick-up/drop-off time. Some reasons for inconsistent times are road detours, traffic, inclement weather, discipline problems and mechanical difficulties. If your bus does not arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled time, contact the Transportation Office at 528-4445 and they will advise you of the status of the bus.
Transportation FAQs
What should I do if my child misses the school bus?
If your child misses the bus because he/she was not at the bus stop on time, you will be responsible for transporting your child.
It is extremely unsafe for the bus to stop along the roadway to board your child. Children walking close to the side of the bus are in danger of getting seriously hurt.
There is a different bus and or driver for my child today, why?
Due to the scheduling of bus repairs and inspections, a spare bus will fill in for your regular bus when it is in the garage. The driver should put a sign in the bus window to indicate the route number he/she is representing. If your driver is absent there will be a substitute driver to drive your children's bus route. At times you will see a different bus number and a different bus driver. Don't be concerned, this is just a combination of events.
Why don't you pick my children up in front of our house?

The Board of Education has adopted the following policy:
The administration shall be authorized to make changes or extensions in the bus schedules without
further action by the Board of Education in situations where the request meets the following criteria:
1. Roads are town accepted and maintained
2. Buses are not permitted backup in order to transverse a roadway. There must be a satisfactory turn-around point clear of parked cars
3. Mileage from a main route is at least 1/4 mile in the case of elementary pupils and 1/2 mile for secondary pupils
4. No unusual safety hazard exists

In the case of handicapped pupils, the administration may make exceptions to those criteria when feasible.

What is the transportation policy regarding children let off at the bus stop without a parent or guardian present?
Students in grades 1 through 12 will be let off at the bus stop without a parent or guardian present. Kindergarten students will not be let off the bus unless a parent of guardian is at the stop to meet them. Your child will be returned to the school if a parent or guardian is not at the stop to receive the kindergarten child. You will be responsible for picking your child up from the school. If you do not want to meet your child at the bus stop you must submit a letter directly to the Transportation Supervisor advising of this.
Who is allowed to ride the school bus during the bus route?
For the safety of the students and the bus driver, only students assigned to the bus route are allowed on the bus. Parents, guardians, friends etc. are not allowed to board the bus. If necessary, law enforcement personnel will be called to the bus stop to enforce this policy.
Do I have to stop for a stopped school bus with the red lights flashing on school grounds?
YES! The most dangerous violation of passing a stopped school bus occurs on school grounds while parents and guardians are picking up or dropping off children. The law states you must come to a complete stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. This includes when on school property. The fines for passing a stopped school bus were dramatically increased. For a first offense, the penalty is a minimum of $250.00 to a maximum of $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days or both and five points on your license. Passing a stopped school bus can cost you a lot of money. But, of course, it can cost much, much more than that.
Am I allowed to take my child off the bus at the school after they board the bus at dismissal time?
No. For the protection of the child, you must get permission from the school's main office. A school official will escort you to the bus and tell the driver that it is all right to release the child to your custody. This may seem extreme, but given the climate of our society, we cannot be too careful when it comes to the welfare of your child.
Are instruments allowed to be transported on the school bus?

The following instruments are small enough in size that a student can either place the instrument on their lap or between their legs as to not use a seating space on the school bus.
Allowable: Violin, Viola, 1/2 size Cello, 1/4 size Cello, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone (regular), Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Percussion Kit and hand held percussion, sticks, mallets and snare drum.
Note: All allowable instruments must be transported in cases which should remain closed on the bus at all times.
The following instruments have been deemed by the transportation and music department too large to be transported by the school bus without taking a seating space. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport these instruments to and from school.
Non-allowable: 3/4 size Cello, Full size Cello, String Bass (any size), French Horn, Tuba, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Trombone, Baritone Horn, Floor Toms, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Any Marching Percussion, and Multi-cultural Drums.