DESE Feb. 2021 Updated Transportation Guidance (endorsed by the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
Transportation Eligibility Criteria
Students are eligible for transportation if they live further than the following distance from their home to their assigned school:
- PreK: Not eligible
- K-5th: 1 mile or greater
- 6th-8th: 1.5 miles or greater
- 9-12th: 2 miles or greater
Accordingly, if a family has put in an appeal to attend a school other than their home or assigned school, the child is not eligible for transportation. Students with an IEP that includes transportation services are eligible for transportation regardless of whether they meet the distance criteria.
Our morning and afternoon school year 2021-22 bus routes are posted at the top of this web page. Morning is listed before the intersection, afternoon after the intersection. Please note that exact drop-off and pick-up times will evolve throughout the school year. We try, whenever possible, to minimize disruptions to the current schedule. However, students continue to enroll throughout the year. We also need to examine the bus routes to ensure that 1) we have the right number of students on each bus, 2) students are not on the bus too long, 3) the timing between bus stops is accurate, and 4) we share buses across schools with different start times, so that we spend our limited resources as efficiently as possible. We greatly appreciate your understanding and partnership.
Students receiving transportation services through their IEP should be available 10 minutes before and after the projected times. Families with questions can contact the Transportation Department, their child’s school, or the district’s Student Services and Special Education office at 413-534-2000, option 2.
Students should arrive at the bus stop at least ten minutes prior to the time listed at the location closest to the home and may wait up to 10 minutes after the time listed. Bus arrival times may change due to traffic and weather conditions.
Students in Pre-k through 1st grade must be met by a parent or authorized adult. Bus drivers will not drop off Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st-grade students without an authorized adult present. Authorized adults should be able to present a picture I.D.
If an adult is not present at the bus stop, the student will be brought to the Student Enrollment & Family Empowerment Center, 57 Suffolk Street, 1st floor. Call (413) 534-2000, option 1 for the Enrollment Center. Families notified that their children are waiting for them at the Center should pick them up within 30 minutes.
Families with questions regarding their bus stop can contact their child’s school. Families who have a student with an IEP can also call the district’s Student Services and Special Education office at 413-534-2000, press 2. To contact the bus company directly, Durham School Services, call 413-315-4119.