School Dismissal & Bus Times
Dismissal Times at ALL Schools (September 28 - October 9)
- BHS: 11:20 AM
- BIS and BUE: 12:10 PM
- All Elementary schools: 1:00 PM
If you need to be there to meet your child when they arrive home from school please plan on being at the bus stop by the time school dismisses in order to meet your child(ren) getting off the bus. As a reminder, all kindergarten students are required to be met by an adult in order to get them off the bus.
Buses Arriving at Bus Stops for these Shortened Days (approximate times)
- HS students and your bus pass says 2:15, buses normally leave the HS at 2:00 so your child MIGHT be home approximately 15 minutes from dismissal time.
- BIS or BUE students and your bus pass says 3:00, buses normally leave the BIS and BUE schools at 2:45 so your child MIGHT be home approximately 15 minutes from dismissal time.
- Elementary student and your bus pass says 4:00, buses normally leave the elementary schools by 3:40 so your child MIGHT be home approximately 20 minutes from dismissal time.
NOTE: As of October 13, we will be back on regular school dismissal times.
As a reminder buses always run off schedule for the first couple of weeks of school. As parents, students, and the working public get accustomed to buses being back out on the road, traffic patterns take time to adjust to the increased traffic flow. Please be patient as schedules will smooth out.
Our Office is now open to the public, still by appointment is preferred, but if you are coming to pick up a bus pass and you have been told it is ready, please be patient as we are in a small location and can only handle one family at a time. Our public hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. then we must close to clean, disinfect and catch up on other administrative duties and we reopen to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bus Seating Map
Healthy School Transportation Guiding Principles
We have developed transportation procedures in accordance with DESE Guidance for School Transportation.
Disinfecting/Sanitizing: At a minimum, high-touch surfaces (see examples below) must be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly after each morning route and after each afternoon route using EPA-approved disinfectants. High-touch surfaces could include; handholds, window latches, rails, steering wheels, door handles, shifter, dashboard controls, and stanchions, will be cleaned first and most frequently. Buses will be sanitized nightly using EPA-approved disinfectants.
Hand Sanitizing: Required hand sanitizing upon boarding the bus. All buses will have touchless hand sanitizing units where students will be required to use upon boarding the bus.
Masks/Face Coverings: Required masks/face coverings for all students and adults. All students (PK-12) and adults are required to wear masks on busses, and while waiting at bus stops. Exceptions to mask/face covering requirements may be made for those for whom it is not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors. Also note, the bus drivers could be wearing a full face shield while driving, as some masks cause fogging on those that need glasses to drive – therefore drivers will be using the face shield in order to see clearly.
Screening: Parents/caregivers are expected to assess their child’s health on a daily basis and not send them on the bus if they are ill. Schools will provide information to families in their primary language to support them in conducting this symptom check and families should not send their children to school if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Bus drivers and monitors will receive training from our school nurses on screening for COVID-19 symptoms. In grades K-7, a parent or caregiver must be present when a child boards the bus in the morning. If any student presents with symptoms, the student will not be permitted to board the bus. The parent or caregiver must contact the school nurse before bringing their child to school. If a student becomes ill with COVID-19 during the school day, the student will not be permitted to ride the school bus home.
Ventilation: Bus windows must remain open at all times unless not possible due to extreme weather conditions. Even in cold or rainy weather, bus windows should be kept open at least partially (a couple of inches), if possible.
Physical Distancing: All students will be assigned seats, which will be their seat on the bus, every time they ride the bus. Students will sit one person per bench, alternating sides per row; children from the same household may sit together on one bench. See the Bus Seating Map image for example. Students may not eat, sing, shout or share items while on the bus.
Cohort Ridership: Groups of students will be kept to the same bus to the greatest extent possible, minimizing contact. **Note routing change** Alternate bus stops will not be available unless it is on the same bus your child rides from home to school or school to home.
**Note Routing Change** In order to try and minimize the time students spend together on buses, bus stops will be moved out of neighborhoods and more centrally located. Be aware, you may not have the same bus stop as in years past.
**Siblings will sit together**