PURSUING EXCELLENCE ONE STUDENT AT A TIME
TRANSPORTATION | BUS STOP GUIDELINES
Specific bus stops are selected based on site safety conditions (sight line, ability to pull in and out of pickup points safely, available turnaround if necessary, etc), neighborhood student population and distance between bus stops.
There is a ten (10) minute window before and after a student’s given pickup or drop off time. For example, if a student is told his or her pickup time is 8:30 a.m. this means that the acceptable window for the bus to arrive is 8:20-8:40 a.m. Students should be waiting at the bus stop throughout this period. Please do not call the Bus Company or Board of Education prior to the conclusion of this window.
Students must be fully visible to the driver
If a student remains inside the house or in a parked car, the driver may not stop. In the event that this occurs, the bus will not return for the student.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are required to have an adult at the bus stop at all times.
The designated person must be visible to the driver (e.g. not waiting inside a car or house). If there is no parent or guardian present upon drop off, the child will be returned to school or the New Britain Police Department. Older siblings riding the same bus may not stand in for parent/guardian. It is strongly urged for an adult to accompany any young child at the bus stop. However, it is not required for students in grade 1 or above. A child of any age who is uncomfortable getting off the bus for any reason upon arriving at the bus stop may request a ride back to school.
While waiting for the bus, stand in the designated spot only.
Do not run in the road. Do not go into private yards or driveways. Be respectful of all property near the bus stop. When the bus arrives, board and take a seat promptly, facing forward at all times. Likewise, when the bus drops off, disembark (and cross the street, if applicable) without delay.
Each August, students eligible for transportation are assigned stops based on their home address. If alternate arrangements are needed, parents must contact the school regardless of whether arrangements were made the previous year.
Routes are posted online, at each school and in the local newspaper prior to the first day of school. Cards with each student’s specific bus information will also be mailed home. If you have any questions regarding your child’s assigned bus stop, please call the Board of Education at 860-827-2200. A request for a bus stop change must be made and approved by the Board of Education. Drivers are not authorized to make changes.
The Board of Education provides home to school transportation for all Pre-Kindergarten students to their assigned school. Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade who are deemed eligible are assigned corner bus stops, unless special transportation is required due to medical or other reasons.
OTHER IMPORTANT GUIDELINES
Board policy states Pre-K Students will get home to school transportation to their assigned school. The walking distance for Kindergarten through grade 5 is one-half (0.5) mile; for grades 6-8, one and one-half (1.5) miles; and grades 9-12 is two (2) miles. Connecticut State School Accommodation Guidelines permit a maximum walking distance to be one (1) mile for kindergarten to grade 3; one and one-half (1.5) miles for grades 4-8; and two (2) miles for grades 9-12.
Under certain circumstances elementary school students (grades preschool through 5 only) shall be picked up from, or dropped off at, a licensed day care center or private sitter in lieu of their home. This alternative transportation shall only be approved and provided if the licensed day care center or private sitter’s residence is within the assigned school district of the parents/guardians’ residence, and meets the distance requirement listed above.
Transportation will be provided to the before and the after school program located at the YWCA, and after school program located at the Boys & Girls Club.
Special Medical Transportation
All special medical request must be routed through your school nurse and approved by the District Nurse and Physician.