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We are excited to announce that we have put several new options in place for the convenience of our families!  First we have changed the application timeline so it coincides with the end of the school year. This will allow families to sign up for the bus much earlier than in previous years.  We are also now offering a discount if you pay early and for the entire school year.  We will also continue to offer trimester (3x a year) payments. The most exciting news is our ability to now take online payments; something parents have been requesting for a while.  The online system will also streamline the application process to an online form only.  For those students who are new to the district (enrolling over the summer) they will be provided with bus forms and information at the time of registration.

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT!  We are pleased to announce we are now offering an early discount for currently enrolled students who will be attending in the fall and qualify to ride the bus for parents submitting their form and payment before June 28, 2019. This is an incentive to sign up early and guarantee your child’s space on the bus!

ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION!  We are very excited to now be able to offer online payments for bus fees.  If you choose to use the online payment, you will fill out the Bus Form electronically from the link shown below and it will be submitted directly to the Transportation Office (you will not need to fill out a paper form).

If you have any questions about eligibility, bus rules and regulations or other issues, please contact Tammy Lieber, Transportation Supervisor (see contact information on the right).

How To Apply if you are applying and paying online:

  • Online Payments are processed by UniPay for the City of Northampton’s School Dept.  Using their service does incur service fees paid to UniPay Gold.
  • When you use the online option, you will complete the Bus Pass Form ONLINE and it will be submitted electronically. You will not need to fill out a paper form. The form will be submitted directly to the Transportation Office.
  • There are options to pay for one, or multiple children, as well as payments per year or per trimester
  • To pay BUS PASS FEES Please click this link: UniPay Online
  • NOTE: If you do NOT need to make a payment because your child will ride for free based on mileage or the fee being waived, you CANNOT use the online bus form. The online form is only for those making payments. We hope to have an online form for everyone in the future.

How To Apply if you are mailing in the application and payment:

  • Download the bus form from the bottom of this page. Fill it out and mail it to us.
  • If you are eligible for free busing based on your address, please check the appropriate box and mail the application
  • If you are making a payment by personal check or money order, please make the payment out to Northampton Public Schools
  • Sign and date your application and mail it as soon as possible before the deadline of August 2, 2019 (there is a late fee of $25 for any late applications)

How to Apply if your student(s) qualify for a fee waiver based on Free & Reduced Meals Eligibility:

  • Download the bus form from the bottom of this page. Fill it out and mail it to us
  • Check the appropriate box for Free & Reduced Meals fee waiver
  • Fill out and sign and date the Sharing Form on the reverse side. This allows the Food Service Staff to share your student’s eligibility with the Transportation Office. Without the Sharing Form, we cannot waive the fee
  • Sign and date your application and mail it as soon as possible before the deadline of August 2, 2019 (there is a late fee of $25 for any late applications)
  • The Free & Reduced Meals Program Applications are completed annually. If you qualified last year, that eligibility will be shared with us for this year’s bus fee, however you will still need to complete a new form that is sent home with your student on the first day of school.  If the coming school year is the first year your student will be attending school (kindergarten or your student transferred from another school), then you may need to fill out a form before the first day of school so that eligibility can be determined.  Applications are available on July 1 each year and are available at the School Dept (Registrar’s Office). Northampton High School (Guidance Office), on our Food Service Page or at JFK Middle School in the Food Service Office.

Ridership Eligibility – Who can ride the bus

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE TRANSPORTATION IS LIMITED TO:  Students in K-6th grade who live 2.0 or more miles from their assigned school (mileage is determined from the front of the student’s residence, using the shortest route, to the front of the student’s school).  Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch and have met the mileage requirement will have the fee waived.

ELIGIBILITY TO PURCHASE TRANSPORTATION IS LIMITED TO:

  • Students in K-12 who live 1.5 miles to less than 2 miles from their assigned school
  • Elementary students (K-5) who live on streets under 1.5 miles that the School Dept & Police Dept have designated as hazardous (Call (413) 587-1331 Ext 2 to see if your street qualifies)
  • Once all eligible students (based on the above criteria) have been accommodated, students in Grades 6-12, who live less than 1.5 miles from their school, may be eligible for a pass provided there are seats available and additional bus stops are not required.

Fee Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year

STUDENT GRADE: FULL YEAR PER TRIMESTER TRIMESTER DATES
GRADES K-5TH $230 $77 AUG 28-NOV 26
GRADES 6-12TH $309 $103 DEC 2-MAR 13
2 MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS $538 $180 MAR 16-JUNE 12
3+ MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS $722 $241

 

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

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School Buses Yellow school buses have flashing red lights and stop signs that fold out from the driver’s side. School pupil transport vehicles, like vans, station wagons, or family sedans, have flashing red lights and SCHOOL BUS signs on top. 
Drivers use these warning signals when letting pupils on and off. If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle has its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop. It is the law. It does not matter which side of the road you are traveling on. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds backA first violation of this law can cause a license suspension and a $250 fine. Even after the warning signals have stopped, you should proceed slowly and continue to look for children. The only exception to this law is if a school bus has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a barrier between travel directions. In this case, you do not have to stop.
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