At the Bus Stop
Parents of children in grades K-5 must be present to receive their child at the bus stop. If a parent is unable to meet his/her child, then the Transportation Department should have the name of an authorized adult who may receive the child from the bus. This adult may be asked for identification for the safety of students. Students in grades 2-5 may get off the bus and walk home from their authorized bus stop without an adult present if a parent completes and returns an Authorization to Walk form to the Transportation Department. An Authorization to Walk form can be found here*.
Students must be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the designated pick up time. Schools buses are authorized to pick up students within 5 minutes before the assigned pick up time. The bus driver is not authorized to sound the horn in order to alert parents and students of the bus’ arrival. Students should stand away from the road in an orderly manner and only move to board the bus once the bus has stopped completely and has red lights and stop signs displayed to stop traffic.
If students must cross the street to get on or off the bus, they must follow the driver’s safe crossing instructions. Students should look both ways before exiting the bus at the last step. They should walk far enough out in front of the bus that they can see the driver (10 feet). They must wait until the driver tells them it is safe to cross by displaying the universal crossing signal. It is important to always follow the school bus driver’s directions when crossing. Parents or guardians at the bus stop must also cross the street following the bus driver’s signal and the safe crossing procedures.
Bus stops are generally established at central pickup points to pick up multiple students, usually at intersecting streets. Buses will not drive down dead-end or loop streets. Door to door bus service will not be permitted unless approved by the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Committee on Special Education. Safety concerns regarding the placement of bus stops should be sent to the Transportation Department in writing. Transportation Bus Stop Change Requests can be found here.