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Transportation Services

Please contact your child's school for updates if the bus is running late.

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 17/18 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, "Supervisor Post Assignments," for details.

Central Office is responsible for the day-to-day functions and administration of all school bus services. Our prime concern in creating routes and bus stops is to provide safe and efficient transportation for the school community. 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. 

School Year 17/18 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 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@walthampublicschools.org / 781-314-5422.

Transportation Frequently Asked Questions
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.
 
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

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