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Transportation Information

PURPOSE Statement

To provide a safe and appropriate environment for students and adults on our school buses is a priority of the Transportation Department. In order to accomplish this priority it takes the help of informed and effective bus drivers, school staff, parents, and students following the lead of adults helping to maintain a safe, orderly, and harassment free school bus.

ELIGIBILITY

In accordance with state law, N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1, all public elementary school students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles from their school and all public secondary school students (grades 9-12) who live more than two-and-a-half miles from their school are entitled to transportation. These students are said to live "remote from school". Whenever a school district is required to provide transportation to students attending regular public school programs, students attending nonpublic schools who meet those distance requirements may also be entitled to transportation services.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions for many more transportation scenarios.

RULES & EXPECTATIONS

Listed below are Rules and Expectations for students riding the school buses and Parent Information. The importance of adhering to these rules and expectation is essential to our effort to provide safe and secure bus transportation for all transported students.

Following these simple rules and expectations will ensure a safe and orderly bus service for all our students:

  • Students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver.
  • Fighting, wrestling, or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus.
  • Students shall be on time for the bus both morning and evening.
  • Students should use the emergency door only in case of an emergency.
  • Students shall not bring animals, firearms, weapons, or other potentially hazardous materials on the bus.
  • Students shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • The bus driver may assign students seats.
  • Students shall not extend their hands, arms, or heads through bus windows.
  • Students shall have written permission to leave the bus other then at home or school.
  • Students shall converse in normal tones.
  • Loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
  • Students shall not open or close windows without permission of the bus driver.
  • Students shall keep the bus clean and refrain from damaging it.
  • Students shall be courteous to the driver, to fellow pupils, and passersby.
  • Students who refuse to promptly obey the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations may forfeit their privilege to ride on the buses.

PARENT INFORMATION

  • Students are expected to be at their designated bus stop and ready to board five minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time. (Bus may arrive up to five minutes early).
  • Every student riding the daily route buses is expected to have a backup plan in the event he or she misses the bus.
  • Students late to their stop and attempting to board by running alongside a moving bus or chasing the bus down the road is dangerous and prohibited.
  • Vehicles or persons attempting to force the bus to stop in order to board or remove a student are prohibited.
  • Food and drinks are not to be consumed on the bus, unless arrangements are made with the permission of the bus driver. (Clear plastic bottles containing plain drinking water are permitted with the permission of the driver.)
  • No glass containers or breakable items allow on the bus.
  • The bus shall not leave school grounds until the bus environment is appropriate for safe, orderly transportation.
  • Students refusing to follow the bus driver’s directions, interfering with the driver’s duties, safety, order or the timeliness of the route may be returned to the school.
  • Note: Students returned to the school are to be turned over to a school staff member.

Rules and Expectations of Riding the Bus

Following these simple rules and expectations will ensure a safe and orderly bus service for all our students:

  • Students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver.
  • Fighting, wrestling, or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus.
  • Students shall be on time for the bus both morning and evening.
  • Students should use the emergency door only in case of an emergency.
  • Students shall not bring animals, firearms, weapons, or other potentially hazardous materials on the bus.
  • Students shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • The bus driver may assign students seats.
  • Students shall not extend their hands, arms, or heads through bus windows.
  • Students shall have written permission to leave the bus other then at home or school.
  • Students shall converse in normal tones.
  • Loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
  • Students shall not open or close windows without permission of the bus driver.
  • Students shall keep the bus clean and refrain from damaging it.
  • Students shall be courteous to the driver, to fellow pupils, and passersby.
  • Students who refuse to obey promptly the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations may forfeit their privilege to ride on the buses.

Parent Information

  • Students are expected to be at their designated bus stop and ready to board five minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time. (Bus may arrive up to five minutes early).
  • Every student riding the daily route buses is expected to have a backup plan in the event he or she misses the bus.
  • Students late to their stop and attempting to board by running along side a moving bus or chasing the bus down the road is dangerous and prohibited.
  • Vehicles or persons attempting to force the bus to stop in order to board or remove a student are prohibited.
  • Food and drinks are not to be consumed on the bus, unless arrangements are made with the permission of the bus driver. (Clear plastic bottles containing plain drinking water are permitted with the permission of the driver.)
  • No glass containers or breakable items allow on the bus.
  • The bus shall not leave school grounds until the bus environment is appropriate for safe, orderly transportation.
  • Students refusing to follow the bus driver’s directions, interfering with the driver’s duties, safety, order or the timeliness of the route may be returned to the school.

Note: Students returned to the school are to be turned over to a school staff member.


Monitoring Devices on School Vehicles

Parents and students, please familiarize yourself with the below policy regarding monitoring devices on school vehicles (e.g. school buses). Should you have any questions, please contact the transportation office at  (609) 835-8600, ext. 7508. Thank you.

If you would like to view this policy in the online Policies & Procedures Manual, please click here.