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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 moved the application process 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).

Online Pay with UniPay Click HERE

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).

Online Payments are processed by UniPay for the City of Northampton’s School Dept.

To pay BUS PASS FEES Please click this link: UniPay Online

If you choose to use the online payment, you will fill out the Bus Form electronically and it will be submitted directly to the Transportation Office (you will not need to fill out a paper form). This is faster and easier than mailing in the form. There are options to pay for one, or multiple children, as well as payments per year or per trimester. Using their service does incur service fees paid to UniPay Gold.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION:

YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR STUDENT(S) ANNUALLY when transportation services are desired by filling out the bus form available below (click the RED button).

Early Payment Discount!  Pay by June 28,2019 to $ave

Pay in full for the entire school year and receive a discount (K-5 Regular Fee: $230 with Discount pay Only $207  For students in Grades 6-12 the Regular Fee: $309 with Discount pay Only $278).  Buses can and do fill to capacity and applying early will guarantee your child can ride the bus!

 

The Application is DEADLINE  is August 2,2019

ALL applications must be received before this date or a late fee will apply ($25)

 

Even if your student will ride for free or if the fee is waived, the form must still be completed or the late fee will apply the August 2nd deadline

 

How To Apply if you are mailing in the form (and payment)

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1. Complete the attached form – include all students on one form. Don’t forget to sign and date!
2. Determine if payment is required based on the eligibility information
Acceptable Payments: Personal check or money order (if you want to pay online follow the link above)
3. Mail the form and payment (if required) to the address shown on the form by the deadline of August 2, 2019
4. If your child qualifies for Free/Reduced Price Meals please also complete the Sharing of Information Form on the reverse side of the form

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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