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Transportation Services

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?

Please open the Important Information for April 2021 Return to School tab below for additional COVID19 information.

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 20/21 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 School Traffic Supervisors 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, School Traffic Supervisors are assigned at the locations designated and can be found here: School Traffic Supervisors Post Locations.
 
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: 
 
 

Return to School-April 5, 2021

School Bus Information Following COVID19 Safety Protocols

For safety and contact tracing on school buses, elementary schools will assign student's benches and keep rosters for the school nurses to access if needed. For middle and high school students we are piloting the use of QR codes. These codes are located below the windows for students to scan and record their name, grade, and bench in a google form. The bench is written on the tape on the seat back facing the student while seated. Students can use a photo or scanner app to capture the image and fill out the form.

Our intention is to promote a safe environment for all students and staff while riding the bus to and from school following COVID19 safety protocols. Parents and guardians are expected to provide age-appropriate supervision for their student(s) at the bus stop. Students waiting for, transported on, or leaving the school bus, are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with proper rules of conduct.

Please review the following information and contact the Transportation Office if you have any questions.

  • Masks must be worn the entire time the student is riding on the bus unless there is a documented medical exemption 
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed on buses
  • UPDATED Capacity on large buses: 74 students; small buses: 26 students
  • Elementary School students may sit 3 to a bench
  • Middle and High School students may sit 2 to a bench 
  • When possible, the seat behind the driver is unavailable
  • Benches are marked A1-A13 on the driver's side of the bus and D1-D13 on the door side of the bus
  • QR codes are located below the windows for middle and high school students to scan and record their bench using camera or scan reader app
  • Every other window is open for air circulation and all windows are open approximately 2 inches on inclement weather days
School Bus Seat Number Chart (click on image to enlarge)

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Important Information for April 2021 Return to School
Important Information for April 2021 Return to School

In preparation for the student population to return in April, to in-person learning we have been reviewing our student transportation information to ensure it is both up to date and in compliance with existing, long standing student transportation policies. Per Waltham School Committee, students will be provided transportation to and from school 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.

Exceptions apply to students receiving specialized transportation per an IEP, or for students residing at addresses located in hazardous areas prohibiting safe travel to and from school as determined by the Superintendent and School Safety Officer. Please contact the Transportation Office if you are unsure about your student's eligibility for bus service by phone: 781-314-5422 or email transportation@walthampublicschools.org.

On February 11, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary and Education updated the July 11, 2020, student transportation guidance stating that school bus capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for students on buses are lifted provided students and staff wear masks and windows will be open at all times for air ventilation. Therefore, we will be seating 2 students to a bench when possible on all 29 and 77 passenger vehicles, and up to 7 students, or up to 6 students and 1 monitor on 7D vehicles (vans). 

In the past, the district has had the flexibility in managing the availability of open seats on school buses. Unfortunately, the impact of the current COVID19 stringent health and safety protocols means that we have lost the ability to offer this allowance to families. As a result we have made transportation changes through this school year that may impact your student, and may make further changes for the next school year based on the district's student transportation policies. We would encourage parents and caregivers to pursue alternative transportation options when possible.

In order to protect the health and wellbeing of all our students we must all work together to ensure students are transported to and from school safely, along with bus drivers and monitors. For contact tracing purposes, bus riders are considered close contacts of a contagious individual if they sit within 6 feet of the person. This includes bus riders, as well as the bus driver.  

For students that are designated as walkers, School Traffic Supervisors (crossing guards) are posted throughout the school district and their locations can be found at this link.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

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 their home school 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 drop off?
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
 
Eastern Bus Company
215 Lexington Street
(781) 790-0878
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.
Start and Dismissal Times for our Schools

Waltham High School: 

7:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Dismissal from the building

12:45 PM to 2:10 PM - Remote learning for all students

Starting March 1, 2021: late bus service at 3:30 PM 

Kennedy & McDevitt Middle Schools & Parochial Schools:

7:55 AM to 2:30 PM / Starting March 1, 2021: late bus service at 3:30 PM 

Elementary Schools (including Kindergarten):

8:42 AM to 3:00 PM

Late Bus Service-STARTING MARCH 1, 2021

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Please click here for the current bus stops

Late bus service is not provided on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the last 3 days of the academic school year.

 

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2020-2021 Bus Routes

ALL STUDENTS, AND STAFF MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES WHILE TRAVELING ON SCHOOL BUSES.

Windows will be kept open during operation at least two inches and in adverse weather conditions, every other window will be opened.

Plan to arrive at the bus stop 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time 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. 

2020-2021 Waltham Public School Bus Routes Revised 3/7/2021 - Revisions are noted in yellow. During these unprecedented times, bus routes are subject to change.

2020-2021 Private School Bus Routes

 


MBTA Student Pass Program

MBTA Student Pass Request

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School Traffic Supervisors

2020-2021 Post Locations


MBTA Student Discount Card

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

Transportation Vendors
JSC Transportation Services
(978) 600-5720
 
Eastern Bus Company
215 Lexington Street
(781) 790-0878
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