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  • ALL Students who will ride the bus can be included on the enclosed (one form per family)
  • Application Deadline: Initial deadline will be August 6, 2018 for the fall, and then by trimester (see trimester dates on form)
  • $25 late fee: Applications received after the deadline will be assessed a late fee
  • Bus Passes will be mailed starting on Aug. 15th for the start of school and will show the pick-up location and approximate pick-up time (or at the school for semester passes)
  • Acceptable Payments: Check/ Money Order to “Northampton Public Schools” (fees non-refundable)
  • Applications are processed in the order they are received and some buses may fill to capacity

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE TRANSPORTATION IS LIMITED TO:

  • Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch and have met the mileage requirement
  • Students in K-6th grade who live 2.0 or more 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)

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 INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE FREE/REDUCED LUNCH:

In order for the Bus Pass Fees to be waived, you must complete the Sharing of information Form on the reverse of the application. This allows the Food Service Dept to share your eligibility.   If we do not receive this form your child cannot receive their bus pass for free.  Free & Reduced Lunch Program forms will be mailed separately to ALL families in July (and must be completed annually).

Bus Pass along with pick-up time and location will be mailed to each family. 

Fee Schedule for 2018-2019

RIDERSHIP ELIGIBILITY:
FEE SCHEDULE FOR PAYING STUDENTS:
-FREE to students in K-6 who live over 2 miles from assigned school with an application.
-PAY FEE* for students in K-6 who live 1.5-1.99 miles from assigned school
 -PAY FEE* for all students in 7th-12th grade who live 1.5 or more miles from school
No passes will be issued without an application submitted to transportation.
Fee is waived for eligible student who qualify for the Federal food lunch program and who meet mileage requirements.
 
 
FULL YEAR
PER TRIMESTER
TRIMESTER DATES:
K-5th Elementary Student
$225
$75
August 30, 2018 – Nov 30, 2019
6th-12th Secondary Student
$303
$101
Dec 3, 2018 – March 14, 2019
1 Elem + 1 Secondary
$528
$176
March 15- June 13, 2019
2 Elementary Students
$450
$150
REMINDER LETTERS WILL BE MAILED BEFORE EACH TRIMESTER
2 Secondary Students
$540
$180
3 or more students (K-12)
$708
$236

 

How to Apply:

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 only
3. Mail the form and payment (if required) to the address shown on the form by the deadline of August 6, 2018
4. If your child qualifies for Free/Reduced Price Meals please also complete the Sharing of Information Form on the reverse side

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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