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Bus Information

Seat Belts:
  • Children must wear child restraints while on the bus. Bus monitors will help the children with buckling up.
Items on the Bus:
  • If you send anything to school with your child give it to the bus aide or bus driver.
  • Backpacks, toys, gum, food and drinks are not permitted on the bus.
Change of Pick up or Drop off Location:
  • All changes must be made by your child’s Case Manager or Teacher.
  • If your child will not be riding the bus or you have a question regarding your child’s transportation. Please call 946-5247 Ext 121.
  • If you move it will take one week for the change to take effect
  • If your child needs picked up or dropped off at a different location a three day notice is required. You must also complete, sign, and submit a weekly child care form the Friday before the week the changes are to take place .
Emergency Forms: (in case of an emergency every attempt is made to contact parents or guardian)
  • The emergency form must have at least three people other than parent/guardian listed who have working phone numbers and transportation.
  • The emergency form must be kept up to date. Inform your Case Manager of any changes. Changes can be made at any time.
Other family members on bus:
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to ride the bus.
  • Car seats must be used when bringing infants/toddlers on the bus.
  • Not all car seats can be safely installed on the bus.
  • You must inform the bus driver 24 hours prior to riding the bus.
Walkers:
  • If you live within a five block radius of the center you will be asked to walk your child to school.
  • Exception: some centers are designated as self transportation.
Child Care Centers:
  • Pick up and drop off is possible at some but not all child care centers in Blair County.
  • Contact you Case Manager if your child will be attending a child care center before or after Head Start hours.
  • It is the parent/guardians responsibility to notify the child care center of the transportation rules, weekly child care schedule, and pick up and drop off times.
  • Parents must complete a Weekly Child Care form and submit it to the transportation department by Friday of the previous week.

Safety First

Bus and Pedestrian Safety

Each day the bus driver plays a part in your child’s safety by making sure the bus, with all its many functions, are in good working order.

Thinking Safety First…

There is a 10-foot area around the bus known as the “Danger Zone”. Please wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus. Walk toward the bus holding the child’s hand. If you are on the opposite side of the street, cross in front of the bus in plain view of the driver. That first step is a BIG ONE! Help the child hold onto the handrail when entering the bus. A bus aide will help the child to their seat and make sure they are buckled properly. Seat belts must be worn at all times!

Pedestrian Safety

Walking is an excellent form of exercise, which takes very little gear or expense. Unfortunately, we live in a motorized society where being a pedestrian can be dangerous. Pedestrian safety is something parents often think children know. However, kids are always in a hurry, and they can forget basic safety rules when they are excited. The following information includes facts, safety tips and your role as a parent to help you keep your child (ren) safe as they walk to school.

Why are Children at Risk?

  • Their size makes them difficult for motorists to see
  • Parents and Caregivers often overestimate their children’s traffic skills such as their ability to walk and cross streets safely.
  • Traffic rules and risks often exceed children’s cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical, and sensory abilities.
  • Children lack the judgment to make safe choices when dealing with traffic.
  • Children can misjudge the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.

Your Role as a Parent/Guardian

It is very important that you…

  • Supervise your child (ren) at all times.
  • Teach your child (ren) about safe walking.
  • Help your child (ren) to recognize, understand, and obey all traffic signals and markings.
  • Set a good example by modeling correct/safe pedestrian behavior. Even if your child (ren) is not with you, someone else's child (ren) may follow your example. Practice what you teach at all times!

Our transportation system provides a safe way for preschool children to get to school, but it requires the cooperation of parents and staff.

Pick-up and Drop-off Information

  1. Parents/Guardian and/or a designated adult must bring the child to and take the child from the bus.
  2. The bus driver will follow the same route each school day in order to keep routes consistent.
  3. Parents will be given approximate bus times. If you are not at the stop, the bus driver will continue with the route.
  4. Please be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the pick-up and drop-off times.
  5. The bus is permitted to wait up to 1 minute for pick-up or drop-off.
  6. A child, 16 years old or older, may get a Head Start child off the bus if his/her name is on the emergency form.
  7. Children may not leave the bus if a designated person on the emergency list is not at the bus stop.
  8. Photo identification is needed for an unknown designated adult to take a child off the bus.
  9. If no one is at the bus stop, the child will be returned to the center. Parents must come and pick up the child at the center.
  10. Regardless of the reason, if a child is returned to the center after being transported home by bus, transportation services could be suspended. Please refer to Transportation Agreement signed at initial home visit.
  11. Failure to comply with the transportation drop-off policy may jeopardize your child’s transportation privileges.

How Do I Keep my Child Safe as a Pedestrian?

Follow these safety tips to ensure your child’s walk is as safe as possible:

  • Accompany your child (ren) at all times.
  • Help your child (ren) become familiar with the traffic signs and signals
  • Always try to walk on paths and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk facing traffic or against the flow of traffic.
  • Dressing to be seen in brightly colored clothing and/retro-reflective materials helps drivers see you more easily.
  • Children under the age of 10 should never cross the street alone.
  • Make sure your child (ren) knows that they should cross streets at a crosswalk (if available) or a corner.
  • Accompany your child (ren) at crossings.
  • Walk; do not run, into the street.
  • Never allow your child (ren) to play in the street.
  • Teach your child (ren) not to enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs.
  • Teach your child (ren) that seeing the driver in a vehicle does not mean that the driver can see them.
  • Teach your child (ren) that empty lots may look like great shortcuts, but unsuspecting drivers may not see them coming.
  • Remind your child (ren) to be extra alert in bad weather. Visibility might be poor and motorists may not be able to see them or stop quickly enough.

Resources

www.chop.edu
www.safekids.org
www.getdowntown.org
www.arrivealive.co.za
www.stlouischildrens.org

By giving your child (ren) the tools needed to make positive choices about personal safety, you can help them lead safer lives.