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Transportation Services

It is recommended to have your children arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes prior to the pick up time as circumstances beyond our control could occasionally make the bus early or late. Be sure your children are dressed appropriately for what will likely be cold bus rides as windows on school buses must remain open to provide proper ventilation. Please be patient as the bus drivers are working hard to make sure your children arrive safely at school. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

Student Transportation

How will my student get to and from school?

Per Waltham 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 2021/2022 Bus Routes are posted. Please check carefully, as some previously district authorized bus stops have been moved or eliminated. If a student’s home to school distance falls below the transportation eligibility limits presented above, 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.
 

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.

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. 

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

  • Mask wearing on buses or vans are optional.
  • Windows must be open at all times during operation at least two inches. In adverse weather conditions, every other window can be opened.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed on buses.
  • Only authorized school staff are permitted to enter a school bus.
  • Capacity on large buses: 77 students; small buses: 28 students.
  • Elementary School students may sit 3 to a bench.
  • Middle and High School students may sit 2 to a bench.
 
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?
Student Transportation Eligibility is based on the School Committee Policy:
 
  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.

It is not necessary to sign your child up for student transportation services each school year. You will be provided with bus eligibility and bus routes or the locations of School Traffic Supervisors when you:

  • register your child at the PIC
  • when your child moves from elementary to middle school
  • when your child moves from middle school to high school
  • if you move to a new address within Waltham
  • if your child no longer takes specialized transportation
School bus stops are based on safety and routes are created for maximum efficiency. Routes may change based on student enrollment and eligibility as enrollments vary each school year. School bus routes for the upcoming school year are posted by the last week in August. Specialized transportation is provided on vans to students receiving special education services and require curb to curb service or attend school outside their home school district, or locations that are not serviced by yellow school buses. Specialized transportation routes are created by the transportation vendor 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 drop off?
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. 
 
The bus goes right by my house. Why can't it stop at my address?
School buses pass by many students’ homes on their way to school or other stop locations. Bus stops are placed at centralized locations that can be safely accessed by a significant number of students to minimize the time and length of the route, thereby reducing fuel costs and wear and tear on buses. Locations of bus stops cannot be customized to meet every individual need and still be part of an efficient and economical transportation system. When determining bus stop locations, the district does not take into consideration factors associated with individual family or parental situations. Such concerns are expected to be resolved by the family, parent, or guardian, not the school district. 
 
How do I request that a school bus stop be added or changed?
If you feel there is an extraordinary safety circumstance that would justify a reevaluation of the bus stop location, please send your concerns to your school principal as the bus stop in question may have already been evaluated and approved as an authorized bus stop. Allow 10 days for careful consideration and review of your request and keep in mind the submission of a bus stop change request does not obligate the district to make the change. School bus routes for the upcoming school year are reviewed and are posted by the last week in August, therefore, bus stop changes are not made during the first month of school except to accommodate new students moving into the district. If the bus stop change is approved, parents or guardians of students will be notified of the changes and the start date. Please note that bus drivers are not allowed to make bus stop changes without approval from the school district. 
 
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?
Your child may be assigned to a van if they are attending a program that is held at a school outside their home school district, if the address cannot be serviced by yellow school buses, or if they are not permitted on the property.
 
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.
 
Can students bring musical instruments with them on the bus?
Students must be able to carry the instruments on and off the bus under their control. These items must not become a tripping hazard on the bus floor or take up additional seating space. Instruments should be able to fit on the student’s lap when riding the bus. Instruments or large objects cannot block the aisle. Large instruments such as drum kits, cellos and basses are too large to be transported on school buses safely. In an accident, these items can easily become a projectile and can injure a student. If you are unsure, please check with your child's school before bringing a large musical instrument or object to the bus stop.
 
Who to contact...
  • If the bus or van is late or didn't show up: the transportation company
  • If your child missed the bus or van: your child's school
  • For items left on the bus or van: the transportation company
  • To file a complaint about the bus or van: 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
(781) 272-8555
 
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 2:00 PM 

Kennedy & McDevitt Middle Schools & Parochial Schools:

7:55 AM to 2:30 PM

Elementary Schools (including Kindergarten):

8:42 AM to 3:00 PM

Late Bus Service

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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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Click on the links below to view the bus routes. Adjustments to route start times and bus stops that changed since the start of the school year are reflected in the revised version.

2021-2022 Waltham Public School Bus Routes-REVISED 10/25/2021

2021-2022 Our Lady's Academy Bus Routes-REVISED 10/25/2021

 


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School Traffic Supervisors

2021-2022 Post Locations


 

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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

TRANSPORTATION VENDORS

YELLOW BUSES:  Eastern Bus Company
215 Lexington Street
(781) 790-0878
 
Lisa Phillion
Office Manager, Waltham Office
(781) 790-0878
lphillion@easternbusco.com
 
Lisa Graham
Extra Curricular and Charter Requests
(617) 628-6868 
lgraham@easternbusco.com 
 
VANS:  JSC Transportation Services
(781) 272-8555
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