- 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.
- 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.
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!
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!