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Transportation Services

School Bus

Welcome to the Transportation Office

Our prime concern in creating routes and bus stops is to provide safe and efficient transportation for the school community. Central Office is responsible for the day-to-day functions and administration of all school bus services. Bus routes are based on student enrollment and eligibility and may vary each school year. Students are assigned to bus stops as determined by their residence and in order to ensure accountability for all our students, assigned buses and stops must be strictly adhered to. It is the district's practice that bus arrangements for eligible students are managed at the school building level and must be followed as the safety and security of our students is of utmost importance. Additional information is published in the Student Handbooks. 

Waltham Public Schools Bus Routes

How will my student get to and from school?

Per School Committee policy, school bus transportation will be provided for students as follows:
 
  1. Grades K - 8: Students living more than one and one-half miles from school.
  2. Grades 9 - 12: Students living more than two miles from school.
School Year 18/19 Bus Routes can be accessed via the links on the right side of this page. Please check carefully, as some previously assigned stops have been moved or eliminated. If a student’s home to school distance falls below these limits, the student will be identified as a ‘walker’. The safety of our walking students is a top priority; therefore crossing guards are located in areas determined by the Waltham Police Department in conjunction with the School Safety Officer and school principals. In order to ensure the safety of our walking students, crossing guards are assigned at the locations designated. See link to the right, "Crossing Guard Post Locations," for details.
 
If you have any questions, please refer to the Transportation Frequently Asked Questions below.
 
If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact: 
 
 
Transportation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is my student eligible for transportation, and how do you determine our bus route?
School bus routes are based on student enrollment and eligibility and may vary each school year. Specialized transportation is provided to Special Education students who require curb to curb service or attend school outside the district, and to English Language Learner students who attend school outside their home district. Specialized transportation routes are created by the bus company and communicated to the student's parents or caregivers, and the school district.
 
What time should my child be ready for the bus?
For special transportation vehicles, your child should be ready 5-10 minutes before or after the time provided to you by the bus company. For regular buses please refer to the start time of the routes posted. Please understand weather conditions and road construction may cause delays in service.
 
Do I need to be present for dropoff?
All Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students must be accompanied by an adult at pick up and drop off times. 
 
What happens if I am not present for dropoff?
If the bus driver does not see an adult at the drop off location then the student will be brought back to school after the route is completed. The school administration will call the home and if there is no answer the driver will take your child to the Waltham High School and someone from the administrative office will attempt to contact you using phone numbers in the student's file. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached at this point the child will be transported by police car to the police station and you will be called by the Waltham Police Department. It is crucial that any changes to the student's emergency contact information is provided to the school department so that if needed, the information can be provided to the  transportation vendor. 
 
What time does my child need to arrive at the bus stop?
It is recommended that students arrive at bus stops 5 to 10 minutes early at the starting time of the route for the first few days of school. 
 
Who do I contact with transportation concerns or complaints?
For specialized transportation please call the bus company if it is running more than 15 minutes late or if your child is not going to attend school that day. Contact the bus company if you have concerns about a driver, vehicle, or monitor. For non emergencies, please send an email and include as much detail as possible to transportation@walthampublicschools.org or leave a message on the transportation phone line at 781-314-5422. 
 
Who do I contact with requests to change my child's bus?
For safety and security reasons, each student is picked up and dropped off at the same location. If you would like your child to ride the bus to or from a location other than their assigned bus stop or bus route you must contact your school principal. Special arrangements may not be possible due to the ridership of students assigned to a given route and/or the size of the bus used on a route.
 
Why is my child not assigned to a regular school bus?
Because your child is attending a program that is held at a school outside their home school district.
 
Who do I contact if I have a question or concern about my child's transportation provided via their IEP?
Contact the Special Education Department at 781-314-5530 regarding issues that the bus company has not resolved, persistent tardiness, issue with the driver, concern with the route or length of time your child is on the vehicle. Student's assigned to special transportation vehicles are picked up and dropped off at the same location. 
 
How are students transported to Minuteman High School?

The Minuteman Bus will depart Waltham High School at 7:30am. Minuteman students should refer to WPS Bus Routes to take a WPS bus to the High School, then transfer to the Minuteman Bus. Please check the most recent posted bus routes for any updates to this service.

What happens when Waltham Public Schools are closed but the school my child attends is open?
Transportation is not provided to out of district schools when Waltham Public Schools are closed. 
 
Does the late bus service run on early dismissal days?
Yes. The late bus leaves WHS between 3:30pm-3:45pm. Please be sure that students are outside the building at the designated pick up locations. The only early dismissal day the late bus does not run is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and there are no late buses the last 3 days of the school year.
 
Who to contact...
  • If the bus or van is late or didn't show up: the transportation company
  • If your child missed the bus: your child's school
  • To file a complaint about the buses: your child's School Principal
  • To request a change to a bus stop: your child's School Principal
  • If your child's transportation needs have changed: your child's School Principal
  • With questions about out of district transportation: the Special Education Department
  • With questions about private school or Minuteman transportation: the Transportation Office
Transportation Companies
JSC Transportation Services
 
North America Central Bus Company
School Bus Disciplinary Code

School Bus Disciplinary Code

The School Department needs the cooperation of both student and parent/guardian to insure proper behavior and safety while riding school busses. Only on rare occasions has it been necessary to deny bus privileges to students for improper behavior.  For your information, the policy for behavior on school busses is listed below.

Reports of misconduct while waiting for or leaving the bus will be investigated by the school principal or his/her designee. Poor conduct on school busses will result in notification from the bus company to the principal. Upon receipt of a written or verbal complaint from the bus company, the principal (or designee) will utilize this procedure:

  1. First Offense: A letter shall be sent to the parents, from the principal of the school the student attends, advising the parent of the misbehavior.
  2. Second Offense: Bus privileges may be revoked for a two-week period and parents shall be so notified by the principal of the school the student attends.
  3. Third Offense: Transportation privileges may be taken away from the student for the remainder of the school year and the parents shall be so notified by the principal of the school the student attends.
Arrival and Dismissal Times for our Schools

Waltham High School: 

7:30 AM to 2:00 PM / late bus service at 3:30 PM

Kennedy & McDevitt Middle Schools & Parochial Schools:

8:00 AM to 2:30 PM / late bus service at 3:30 PM

Elementary Schools (including Kindergarten):

8:42 AM to 3:00 PM

Late Bus Service

The streets (listed below) that each late bus travels are in the window on the door side of the bus. Students need to provide the driver with their address when boarding the bus so the driver will let them know where the nearest stop will be, and if they are on the wrong bus, the driver will direct them to the correct bus. The drivers are in communication with each other to coordinate stops depending on the ridership for that day.

Stops vary depending upon where students live.

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There is no late bus service the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the last 3 days of the school year.

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Bus Routes

Public School Bus Routes 2018-2019

Private School Bus Routes 2018-2019_revised

PLEASE NOTE: Route start times will be adjusted once the kindergarten ridership has been established. This information is subject to change.

Plan to arrive at the bus stop 10-15 minutes prior to the arrival time of pick up for the first few weeks of school. Please be patient as the bus drivers are working hard to make sure your children arrive safely at school.

Thank you and have a wonderful school year!!

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School Crossing Guards

MBTA Student Pass Program

MBTA Student Pass Request

MBTA Student Pass Program FAQ

What is the MBTA student pass program?

The Student Program is program offered to middle and high schools to assist students with obtaining reduced rate passes.

Eligible students must be between the age of 12 and 22 and enrolled in a Massachusetts middle school, junior high, or high school in order to qualify.

How do I request an MBTA Student Pass?

To request a student MBTA pass complete the online request form. Your pass will be available for pick up in your house office or middle school main office approximately 2-3 school days from when your order was placed.

How Much do Student Passes Cost?

Students have the option to use the S-Card for "Pay As You Go" discounted fares (50% discounted rate) or add a monthly pass to the cards at Fare Vending Machines at a price of $30 a month. Please note that the S-Card monthly student pass is valid for bus, subway, Express Bus, but NOT Commuter Rail.

How do I activate my MBTA Pass?

Students with Stored Value cards can add value at any MBTA sales device (e.g., vending machines, retail sales locations, etc.).

 

 

Emergency Medical Plan

The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom. Due to allergies and other health concerns, eating or drinking is NOT ALLOWED on the bus. If your child has a medical condition, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide a School Bus Emergency Medical form with an action plan for the student to the bus driver. 

School Bus Emergency Medical Information.pdf

Información Medica de Emergencia Autobús Escolar.pdf

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Contact Information

Transportation Office

(781) 314-5422

transportation@walthampublicschools.org

 

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