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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to the Plymouth Public Schools' Student Transportation webpage. We hope you will find everything you need to know about our Student Transportation services on this page. If not, all student transportation route assignments, bus discipline, and bus fee questions should be directed to the main office staff at the school your student attends. Questions on route times or stop locations may be directed to the First Student Transportation dispatcher at (508) 830-4144. Bus Routes for the school year will be available through a link at the bottom of this page as soon as they are available. They will also be printed in the local newspapers in late August.

The Plymouth Public School Department offers free transportation to all students in grades K-6 who attend Plymouth Schools and live two or more miles from their assigned school. The Plymouth School Department is pleased to once again be able to offer a fee-based busing program for those students not eligible for free transportation. We are also pleased to report that the Bus Fee Schedule will remain the same as last year. Remember to register by the last day of school to be eligible for the Advanced Payment Discount for the next school year!

Providing safe and consistent transportation services to Plymouth students is a challenge. Plymouth is the largest single community in Massachusetts – encompassing one hundred and four square miles. Our School Department is geographically larger than most academic regional school districts in the Commonwealth. It can be clear and sunny in one part of town while a blizzard is raging in another.

We are the thirteenth largest school system in the Commonwealth and transport over 7,500 students to and from thirteen different school sites (including Rising Tide Charter School) every school day. Most of our seventy buses do three different routes, both morning and afternoon, and many of our runs are well over a half-hour long. Our good safety and discipline record is a tribute to the hard work of our bus drivers and the support of parents, students, and school staff. We thank you.

Sincerely,

Gary L. Costin
School Business Administrator

Transportation Application 2017-2018

Bus Routes 2016-2017

Bus Routes 2017-2018

Coming mid to late August 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RIDE THE BUS WITHOUT PAYING A BUS FEE IN PLYMOUTH?

All students in grades K-6 who reside two miles or more from their assigned school are eligible for free transportation.

WHAT IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY TO RIDE WITHOUT PAYING A BUS FEE?

All Plymouth students grades K-6 that reside less than two miles from their designated school and all students grades 7-12, regardless of the distance, are required to pay for transportation.

WHERE WILL MY CHILD BE PICKED UP OR DROPPED OFF?

Bus Routes will be published in the local papers approximately two weeks prior to the start of school. The bus routes will be similar to the current ones and located within one mile of the student's residence. Students may only ride their assigned bus to and from their assigned stop. The bus stops will be approved by the School Department and maintained by the Bus Contractor.

HOW MUCH WILL THE BUS COST?

The fee for this school year is: $125 for the first student, $100 for the second student and $75 for the third student. The maximum fee for a family is $300 per year. The "Advance Payment Discount" rate for a school year applies to all payments received prior to the last day of the preceeding school year. NO CASH will be accepted. Money orders, bank or personal checks must be made payable to "Town of Plymouth – Bus Fee". The amount of the fee will be determined annually. All fees are payable in advance and are non-refundable. See the SCHOOL BUS FEE SCHEDULE for complete information.

WHEN WILL I BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE BUS FEE?

Payment is due in full with the Application. Fee-based seats are on a space available basis only. We cannot re-route or add buses once the routes have been established. The sooner you apply, the sooner you are assured of your student(s) being accommodated in the route plans.

WHERE DO I SEND MY PAYMENT AND FORMS?

Application Forms and payments should be mailed or returned to one school where you have a child attending. All students in the family may be listed on one application and only one check is necessary. Please make sure to list the school name where each student will attend.

WILL BUS PASSES BE REQUIRED?

Yes. Bus Passes will be issued to all eligible students at their school during the first month of school. Passes will NOT BE REQUIRED to ride the bus during the first few weeks of school. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus without a Bus Pass once the passes have been distributed.

WHAT IF I NEED THE BUS ONLY TWO OR THREE DAYS PER WEEK?

The cost for all students is the same. A limited number of "one-way" seats for either AM or PM use may be available after all regular students have been routed.

WHO CAN BE SUSPENDED FROM RIDING THE BUS?

Anyone who violates the School Bus Conduct Policy may be suspended. There is no refund if a student has paid a bus fee.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HOME IS LESS THAN TWO MILES FROM THE DESIGNATED SCHOOL?

The student transportation software system provides the distance between each student's residence and his/her assigned school. Questions regarding this distance should first be directed the the main office at your student's school.

HOW IS THE MILEAGE DETERMINATION MADE?

In accordance with Department of Education policy, the distance is measured from the property line in front of the student's residence, along sidewalks or commonly traveled public ways ordinarily accessible to the public, to the student entrance in front of their designated school.

WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT'S MILEAGE MEASUREMENT?

You may request a confirmation of distance, in writing, at the student's current school. The school will forward the request for a re-measurement of the mileage. You will be notified of the results of the re-measurement and a refund will be issued if appropriate. The School Department's re-measurement will be the final determination.

IS THERE ANY PROVISION FOR A WAIVER OF THE BUS FEE?

Yes, if you qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals program. If you qualified for the program in the current year, you will be assumed to still qualify until the next application date. Free and Reduced Meal Applications are distributed annually during the first week of school. You must qualify annually.

Bus Service Rules and Policies

The ride to and from school is essentially an extension of the school itself. Improper conduct aboard the bus is to be treated as a school offense, subject to punishment at the discretion of school administration. This may well mean a denial of the privilege of transportation. Continued offenses are to be accepted as cause for a hearing before the Assistant Superintendent of Schools or the School Committee. In the interest of safety and well-being of all students being transported, students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and bus drivers must understand and practice the regulations which follow.

1. The bus driver is in full charge of the students therein. He or she shall have the right to assign students to specific seats within the bus and shall accept as his/her responsibility the obligation to report to the administration the names of any students who seriously misbehave.

2. There is to be no smoking aboard any bus at any time. This is a requirement of Massachusetts state law.

3. Windows and doors are not to be opened or closed except with the permission of the bus driver. At no time are objects of any kind to be thrown within the bus or through any open window.

4. Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before boarding or exiting. There is to be no moving about once the bus is in motion.

5. Students, who must cross the street to board the school bus, are reminded to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver has turned on the flashing red lights. Students, then, are to look both ways to check for traffic before crossing the street to board the bus. Students exiting the bus, who must cross the street to proceed home, are to pass in front of the bus; stop; look both ways; then cross the street with caution (many drivers do not obey the "flashing school bus lights rule").

6. Improper language is not to be tolerated and shall be considered cause for a report to administration; shouting and/or screaming is not to be considered proper and is to be regarded as cause for disciplinary action; radios and/or other electronic music devices are not to be brought aboard buses and, if present on the vehicle, are subject to confiscation at the discretion of the driver.

7. The following are to be considered infractions of rules during transport for which students may be reported and disciplinary action invoked: refusing to obey the driver, fighting, lighting matches or cigarette lighters, hanging out of a window, bothering others, or any other behavior which distracts the driver from the safe operation of the vehicle and jeopardizes the safety of all passengers.

8. Objects which may be considered a safety hazard (as determined by school administration), or any animals, are not to be brought on school buses at any time. Skateboards and in-line/traditional skates are not to be brought on school buses.

9. Students must be at their proper bus stops and on time according to the established schedule. They are to wait for the bus at a point designated by the bus driver and are to conduct themselves in a manner that causes no inconvenience to neighbors in the loading area. Students are to ride only on that bus to which they have been assigned.

10. Damage to the school bus should be considered the same as damage to any school property. Those who deface or otherwise destroy such property are to be held responsible for its repair or replacement.

11. All primary bus stops are based on the student's primary residence.  At the discretion of the building administration, and with consideration of the school's enrollment, a student may be allowed a second consistent stop on another bus route for parental/guardian or designee custody, daycare, and babysitting reasons. In no cases will the number of assigned stops exceed two stops. In addition, the building administration may allow a transfer to a bus for emergency purposes. All additional (secondary and emergency) bus stops are allowed provided that there is space available and the drop off point is on an existing bus route. The parent/guardian or designee must send in a note of request to the building administration, including telephone numbers of persons to be contacted in case of emergency. Should space cease to exist, transportation will become the responsibility of the parents/guardians or designee.

12. Bus discipline forms will be used by the drivers and administrators, as needed.

13. Reasons for Suspension of Bus Privileges:

a. Repeated refusals to obey the driver.

b. Repeatedly hanging out bus windows.

c. Throwing objects on the bus: chronic or acute.

d. Repeated refusal to remain seated.

e. Opening the emergency door of the bus.

f. Rough-housing.

g. Careless damage to the school bus.

h. Rude and defiant behavior.

i. Smoking.

j. Violating substance abuse regulations.

k. Possession of a weapon per Chapter 150.

l. Swearing at a driver.

m. Threatening a driver with physical abuse.

n. Lighting firecrackers.

o. Igniting a smoke bomb.

p. Physical abuse of a driver.

q. Lighting matches.

r. Fighting in the form of physical altercation which endangers the safety of the bus.

s. Vandalism.

t. Any other offense which an administrator deems appropriate.

Any violations within the above section may result in further disciplinary action up to and including a Central Office hearing and/or expulsion.

14. Video cameras may be installed on school buses for administrative use.

15. Offenses against this code of conduct may prove cause for disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from school.


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