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What can parents expect from transportation companies?
  • Clean, safe vehicles that are inspected and insured according to state regulations.
  • Drivers who are properly licensed, fingerprinted and familiar with the route.
  • Drivers who are properly trained in safe driving methods, communications with parents and supervisors & confidentiality and control of pupils.
  • Special equipment as required by law or bid specifications: seat belts, car seats, booster seats, safety devices, wheelchair lift vehicles, as per the bid/route specifications.
  • Safe transportation, which includes a timely pick up at home and timely pick up at school.
  • Notification from driver/contractor when vehicle will be late because of breakdown when time and circumstances permit.
  • Notification from driver/contractor of route adjustments which alter pick-up or drop-off time.
  • Smoking and the chewing of tobacco will not be permitted on the vehicle by either students or driver.
  • Driver is not responsible for students once off the vehicle. A responsible adult should always meet the vehicle at home.

How can parents help to ensure safe and timely transportation?
  • Have student ready when school bus arrives in the morning.
  • Be sure someone is at home in the afternoon to receive the student on the return trip.
  • Allow 15 minutes leeway in the actual pick-up time due to traffic congestion.
  • Assist with boarding and unloading of special needs students (with wheelchairs, leg braces, safety devices, etc).
  • Parents should not board the vehicle unless asked by the driver.
  • Ensure that unauthorized passengers are not permitted to board the vehicle with your child.
  • Ensure that the child is clean and not ill or agitated before boarding the vehicle. Students that are ill may have to be returned home.
  • Do not permit the child to enter the school vehicle with food, radio, cigarettes, etc. Other items such as projects or musical instruments should fit safely on the child's lap.
  • Every effort should be made to deliver a student's medication to the receiving school and not by way of the school vehicle.
  • Detailed medical directions and special permission from the CST Director is required in order to have a student's medication transported to the receiving school by the school vehicle.
  • Do not request the driver to pick-up or drop-off at any location other than the student's residence or assigned bus stop as identified on the transportation form.
  • Give driver current home, work and emergency telephone numbers and ask driver for the same.
  • Please notify driver or bus contractor, in a timely manner, when child will not be attending school, or if child will only be traveling in the morning or the afternoon on a certain day.
  • Speak with your child when he or she is involved in a transportation discipline matter. If possible, make suggestions to the driver to help resolve the problem.
  • If the child is not returned home within a reasonable time, parents should first call the bus company. Parental concerns regarding transportation issues other than discipline should first be discussed with the bus company. In the event the concern cannot be resolved at this level, parents should report the complaint to the Sussex County Regional Transportation Cooperative's office at (973) 398-3583.
  • Parents play a tremendous role in preparing their child for his/her busy school day.

What is the expected student conduct on a bus?
  • Students being transported on any school bus or authorized vehicle are under the supervision, direction and control of the school bus driver, and will be subject to disciplinary action.

  • Students...
  • Will wear seat belts when provided by law.
  • Will be seated immediately upon entering the bus in seats assigned by the driver.
  • Will not stand or move about while the bus is moving.
  • Will refrain from loud, boisterous or profane language, as well as improper conduct.
  • Will not be allowed to engage in any form of physical or verbal abuse toward other students or toward the driver.
  • Will not open or close windows or doors without the permission of the bus driver.
  • Will not leave their seats until the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver has opened the door.
  • Will not smoke, chew tobacco, carry or use any drugs, or load bus with any objects that may be used as weapons on any school vehicle.
  • Will never throw articles from the bus windows. In the event that the above rules are violated, the driver is responsible for submitting the standard bus conduct report to the principal of the school that the student is attending. Violation of the above rules will result in a conference with the principal and administrative action will be taken in accordance with the outcome of that hearing. The receiving school principal is responsible for submitting, in writing, a report of action taken to the Transportation Coordinator and the district Child Study Team. It is the responsibility of the principal of the receiving school to administer discipline and to give the driver a copy of the disciplinary report.
  • ***Bus rules must be followed to ensure the safety of all students***

What can receiving schools (public & private) do to help improve transportation?
  • Schools can...
  • Provide each driver/contractor and the Cooperative with a school calendar. Please be aware that any calendar variation from the established county calendar may affect daily transportation services, if more than one school shares transportation on a route.
  • Notify driver/contractor and the Cooperative at least 48 hours in advance of changes in daily scheduled hours, early dismissals and changes in school calendar.
  • Make minor concessions on arrival and dismissal time due to increased traffic and congestion in the area.
  • Do not expect the driver to bring students into the school building.
  • Maintain supervision of students arriving at the school in the morning and while boarding the school bus for the trip home.
  • On the return trip, monitor students to ensure that they are not boarding the school bus with food, toys, games, etc. If school projects are to accompany the student home, nothing larger than what will safely fit on the child's lap should be allowed on board the vehicle. Parents must make alternative arrangements for larger items.
  • Understand that the return trip home cannot be delayed by students detained past the regular dismissal time.
  • Secure emergency phone number for use in the event of delay or breakdown (and the parent cannot be reached) so contact may be made with another responsible adult.
  • Develop a school policy regarding student behavior on buses and consequences for infractions.
  • Receive all discipline reports, exercising "Due Process Procedures" and take appropriate action, as well as making notations on the disciplinary form of the action taken.
  • Send copies of the completed disciplinary form to the Cooperative and the Child Study Team (sending district).
  • Encourage regular communication between teachers and drivers to relate problems, which may require attention.
  • Encourage the regular discussion of school bus safety in your school's classroom.

What is the role of the district Child Study Team (CST)?
  • Be responsible for providing the Cooperative with pertinent medical and behavioral information, which may be critical to the safety and well being of the student.
  • Be responsible for notifying the Cooperative of any required adjustments in routing or specifications. This is to be done in writing and through the formal application process.
  • Notify the receiving school Principal and the Cooperative if there are any changes in the parent/guardian's phone number or emergency number.
  • Be responsible for timely submission of complete and accurate information on the student transportation form. Late submission of transportation forms can significantly impact route efficiency.

What is the procedure regarding inclement weather procedures?
  • If either the school district where the student lives or the school he or she attends is closed due to inclement weather, no transportation will be provided on that day.
  • If either the resident school district or the receiving school has a delayed opening/early dismissal due to inclement weather, the bus route will be delayed accordingly.If the route is shared amongst other school districts, a delayed route will begin transporting according to the latest school opening. If the shared route incurs an early closing due to inclement weather, the route will begin transporting according to the earliest closing.
  • The driver or contractor will contact the Cooperative and the student's parent/guardian if, due to safety or other reasons, there will be any deviations in the above procedures. Such deviations must be approved by the Cooperative, which will require approval from the residing school district.

What is the school district's participation in the Cooperative?
  • The district...
  • Will be responsible to pass a board resolution and complete an agreement that provides easy access to join shared routes and receive transportation services.
  • Will be responsible to provide direction regarding student issues.
  • Will be notified, as soon as possible, when a single route occurs and will be required to approve continuation of route.
  • Will be responsible to notify the Cooperative of emergency phone numbers for access to a school official in the event of an emergency situation that has occurred after school hours.
  • Will be responsible for timely submission of completed student transportation forms, any student changes and deletion forms.
  • Should be aware that as student route changes occur, district billing will be affected. Since the Cooperative is funded by participating school districts and not by state funding/taxes, costs cannot be assumed by the Cooperative for the purpose of maintaining constant per diem rates.