School bus stops and times, along with the bus conduct guidelines, for all of our schools are now available on the district website. Many of the routes and times have changed over the past few years, so please check the lists for your bus stop time and location. You may find there are fewer bus stops, and your child may need to walk a little farther to reach their neighborhood stop. The Transportation Department recommends arriving at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
After careful review, the District determined that door-to-door service is not a sustainable model for school buses, and have been incrementally moving in that direction for several years. Most districts in our area utilize similar models for transportation. This model reduces the carbon footprint of our transportation system and often reduces the overall time our students spend on buses.
This change may result in a longer walk to and from the bus stop for some students. For example, some elementary school students may have a 6 minute walk, and some secondary students may have a 10 minute walk to their bus stop. This is well under the one mile walking distance to bus stops allowed by Massachusetts General Law Section 68.
In establishing neighborhood stop locations, our transportation department paid careful attention to busy streets and dangerous intersections to ensure students’ safety. In addition, Massachusetts law requires motorists in both lanes on a two-lane roadway to come to a complete stop when a school bus is stopped for pick-ups and drop offs and has its lights flashing. The school bus driver will hold up traffic until all children exiting or entering the bus have safely crossed the street.
For assistance in finding your child’s bus number, bus stop location, and pick-up and drop-off times, please contact your Principal’s office. If you have questions about the selection of neighborhood stops, please contact Randy Sibley, Transportation Coordinator, at 362-1852. The Transportation Department appreciates your understanding and cooperation.