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Transportation Guidelines


Guidelines for Student

Transportation Services

Revised July 2019


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2020- 2021 Board of Education

Yesenia Rivera, President • Matthew Wilcox, Vice President

Dr. Edward Joyner, Secretary • Mayor Justin Elicker

Darnell Goldson • Larry Conaway • Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur

Lihame Arouna • Anthony Fiore 

Important Phone Numbers

Superintendent

(475) 220-1000

Parent Engagement

(475) 220-1063

School Choice/Enrollment

(475) 220-1430/31

Transportation

(475) 220-1600

Youth, Family, & Community Engagement

(475) 220-1734

Communication

(475) 220-1591

Pre-Kindergarten

(475) 220-1463/1482

Adult Education

(203) 492-0213

Special Education

(475) 220-1760

School Volunteers

(475) 220-1373

College & Career Pathways

(203) 946-8821

Bureau of Nursing

(203) 946-6364

Stay Connected!

More information – www.nhps.net

United Way of Connecticut Free Infoline – Dial 211

New Haven Promise - www.newhavenpromise.org

NHPS App – Search “New Haven Public Schools” (iTunes or Google Play)

  NewHavenPublicSchools

New Haven Public Schools is committed to providing an open, welcoming, safe and supportive environment for all students, parents and families. To this end, we encourage all of our families to communicate with us and to play a role in shaping positive school climates that foster learning and personal growth of children, regardless of background, language, or immigration status. The district and our schools are committed to treating all students and parents with fairness and respect and will not discriminate against family members for any reason.

ALLNEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS/FACILITIES ARE DRUG-FREE ZONES

UP TO ONE THOUSAND (1,000) FEET IN ALL DIRECTIONS FROM THE BUILDING

LEGISLATIVE SECTION 845A OF TITLE 21, UNITED STATES CONGRESS SEC. 21a 267, CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES

Text Telephone/Teletype (TT/TTY) services for the deaf and hearing impaired: Dial 7-1-1


Upon request, pertinent publications will be enlarged for the visually impaired.

Please be advised that policy and procedures may be updated during the course of a school year. A current copy of the Student-Parent Handbook will be available upon request from the school principal.

New Haven Public Schools

This handbook has been developed to provide students and parents with a summary of important New Haven Board of Education policies and procedures.  This handbook is not intended to be all inclusive and does not contain all of the rules, regulations, directives and policies of the New Haven Board of Education.  The entire policy manual is on file at each school and is available for review upon request of the Principal.  All violations will be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action will be dispensed if needed, including the possibility of suspension, and/or expulsion, and/or referral to police and/or other appropriate agencies. All policies, including the newly developed Unified Code of Conduct, are in compliance with the Constitution of the United States, the State of Connecticut, Federal and Local policies. Please contact your school principal or the office of the superintendent for further information.  

Text of Relevant Laws

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Federal)

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Federal)

“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individual’s sex or,

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee because of such individual’s sex.”

It is the policy of the New Haven Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), sex (in accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972) or handicap (in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972) in any of its vocational educational programs or regular academic programs or activities.  

The following vocational programs are offered; technology education, business technology, life management, school to career opportunities, and health assistance.

Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities Act -

(Connecticut General Statutes Section 46a-60(a)) -

“It shall be a discriminatory practice in violation of this section:

“(8) For an employer, by the employer or the employer’s agent, for an employment agency, by itself or its agent, or for any labor organization, by itself or its agent, to harass any employee, person seeking employment or member on the basis of sex or gender identity or expression.”

A summary of course offerings, vocational opportunities and admission criteria

 is available from the Guidance Department at the high schools.


Table of Contents

Purpose

Transportation Distances

RESPONSIBILITIES

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DRIVERS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PRINCIPALS

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

NHPS BUS REGULATIONS

TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

Interdistrict School Closings/Delays

CLOSINGS

DELAYED OPENINGS

EARLY DISMISSAL

Note to Families About Transportation

REPORTS AND FORMS

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WARNING REPORT

TRANSPORTATION SUSPENSION REPORT

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE COMPLAINT REPORT

STUDENT BUS PICK UP AUTHORIZATION FORM


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS GUIDELINES

for

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Purpose

The Superintendent of Schools has mandated that a safe, orderly learning environment will be provided for all students and it is the policy of the New Haven Board of Education to provide safe, orderly, efficient transportation to all who are eligible. State Law (Public Act 83-119) grants to boards of education the authority to suspend transportation of any student whose conduct, while awaiting or receiving transportation to or from school, endangers persons or property or is in violation of publicized policy of such board. Accordingly, the following procedures will be adhered to regarding student conduct while waiting at or near a bus stop or riding a school bus.

Transportation Distances

The New Haven Public Schools has established the following guidelines in reference to the busing of pupils to and from the assigned schools. Transportation will be provided for students in grades:

However, the right to free transportation is dependent on the student’s good behavior while waiting for and riding on school buses. Suspension and/or termination can be a consequence of poor behavior.


RESPONSIBILITIES

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DRIVERS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PRINCIPALS


DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

The following process is to be followed for all “routine” student misbehavior  EXCEPT  serious  violations such as smoking, fighting, etc. The principal may use his/her discretion at any step of the process when serious incidents occur.  Parent conferences may be conducted at any level as appropriate, especially before or after a student is suspended from bus transportation.

Step 1        VERBAL WARNING (either by bus driver or principal.)

Step 2        WRITTEN WARNING (either by bus driver or principal.)

a.        Driver completes disciplinary form and submits to principal as soon as possible.

b.        Principal meets with student and informs parents.

c.        Principal mails disciplinary form home to parent and to appropriate personnel.

Step 3        SUSPENSION

a.        Principal completes transportation suspension forms, informs parent of suspension, and forwards suspension forms to parent and appropriate personnel. Students are NOT to be suspended from bus transportation until the parent is informed.

1st Suspension - length of suspension not to exceed three (3) days.

2nd Suspension - length of suspension not to exceed ten (10) school days.

3rd Suspension - length of suspension may exceed ten (10) school days or loss of transportation privileges for the remainder of the school year.  Area director must approve of any suspension which exceeds ten (10) or more school days.


NHPS BUS REGULATIONS

  1. Only students eligible for transportation will be permitted to ride buses to and from school each day. Friends and guests are not allowed to ride the bus.
  2. Riding the bus is a privilege. Pupils riding buses must obey all rules and regulations.
  3. The driver is in charge of the bus and assigned seats. Students shall render the driver the same respect and courtesy given a teacher.
  4. While waiting for the bus the student is to:
  1. Get to the bus stop ten (10) minutes early. Tardy students will be left behind as the bus driver has a schedule to maintain.
  2. Always stay back from the edge of the road; always stay off the traveled roadway.
  3. Respect other people’s property.
  4. Do not push or shove while other people are waiting to get on the bus.
  5. Do not throw objects.
  6. Wait until the bus comes to a stop before approaching to get on.
  1. When boarding or leaving a bus a student is to:
  1. Step on and off quickly, quietly, and safely at only the front door (except in the case of an emergency).
  2. Cross properly in view of the driver in front of the bus if crossing the street. WALK, don’t run.
  3. Beware of passing cars.
  4. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before leaving your seat.
  5. Follow the instructions of the driver.
  1. While on the bus, a student is to:
  1. Remain seated at all times until the bus stops for departure.
  2. Keep arms, feet and articles out of the aisles.
  3. Never bring glass containers or glass articles on the bus.
  4. Never throw items out of windows or on the bus.
  5. Keep head and arms inside the bus.
  6. Talk quietly and never play actively on the bus.
  7. Help keep the bus clean.
  8. Be silent when bus is crossing railroad tracks.
  9. Do not shout, whistle, or gesture to anyone from the bus windows.
  10. Keep hands to oneself.
  11. Do not damage or deface the bus in any way. Those willfully doing so will pay forth damage and will be suspended from riding the bus. Report any damage observed to the driver.
  12. Realize that school rules are in effect while students are on the bus.
  1. Parent’s responsibility in bus transportation is to:
  1. Review bus regulations with the children.
  2. Insure that their children arrive at the bus stop each day prior to the arrival of the bus.
  3. Provide forth necessary supervision of their children while going to or returning from the bus stop.
  4. Work with school officials in seeing that children act responsibly and properly.
  5. Make certain the parent or a designated adult is at the bus stop to meet handicapped children.
  6. Students who  persist in  violating bus regulations may lose their bus riding privilege for the school year. Serious violations will result in immediate student bus suspension.

TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

The following procedures will be implemented if the rules mentioned above are not followed.


Interdistrict School Closings/Delays

The following transportation procedures regarding school closings and/or delayed openings due to inclement weather will be in effect for suburban students attending New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools.

CLOSINGS

If New Haven Public Schools are open and you live in a suburban town where the school district has closed - No AM transportation to New Haven from the closed town will be provided.

DELAYED OPENINGS

If New Haven Public Schools are on a delay, then there is a delay for suburban towns’ transportation to New Haven based on the New Haven delay time. If there is a difference in the length of a delay between New Haven and a suburban town, transportation will be based on the New Haven delay time.

If New Haven Public Schools are not on a delay and there is a delay for a suburban town’s transportation, then No AM transportation will be provided on that day for that town.

In the event of a delayed opening:

EARLY DISMISSAL

Dismissal times will ALWAYS be based upon New Haven’s dismissal.

Note to Families About Transportation

Parents should always use discretion when deciding whether specific conditions allow for safe travel of their children to school. Please be sure to make arrangements for your young children in case of school cancelation, early dismissal or cancellation of afterschool programs.


REPORTS AND FORMS


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WARNING REPORT

Dear________________________________        Date_______________________

                 (Parent/Guardian Name)

     As you are aware all students who ride buses are subject to bus regulations and all school policies while passengers on the bus or at the bus stop. Any misbehavior which distracts the driver can jeopardize the safety of all passengers. Students who violate bus rules create serious hazards for all passengers. Your child ___________________________ has been warned about violating the rule(s) checked below.                          

(child’s name)

☐ Disrespectful to bus driver, others

☐ Refusal to follow directions

☐ Profanity/Offensive Language

☐ Shouting/Screaming

☐ Bothering/Teasing Others

☐ Pushing/Tripping

☐ Littering

☐ Fighting

☐ Smoking

☐ Vandalism

☐ Other_________________________________________________________________________

COMMENTS:

________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________

Further violation of rules and regulations may result in your child being suspended from bus privileges for a period of time as determined by the principal.

Your cooperation and assistance in speaking to your child about his/her conduct is appreciated. Please call the school to arrange a conference regarding this problem.

______________________________      ______________        ______________

Driver’s Name                                          Bus #                           Date

ACTION TAKEN BY PRINCIPAL: _____________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you very much.

                                                                                 Sincerely,

                                                                                Principal


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TRANSPORTATION SUSPENSION REPORT

Dear________________________________        Date_______________________

                 (Parent/Guardian Name)

As you are aware all students in our school system who are transported to school are subject to all rules and regulations of the transportation department and the New Haven Public Schools.

Any misbehavior which distracts the driver is a very serious hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, and as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers.

________________________ has been cited for an infraction of the rules (checked below) and is hereby

(Child’s Name)

suspended from bus transportation for a period of_____________days from _____ to _____ for the reason(s) checked below.

☐ Disrespectful to bus driver, others

☐ Refusal to follow directions

☐ Profanity/Offensive Language

☐ Shouting/Screaming

☐ Bothering/Teasing Others

☐ Pushing/Tripping

☐ Littering

☐ Fighting

☐ Smoking

☐ Vandalism

☐ Other_________________________________________________________________________

COMMENTS:

________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________

Previous Action(s)  (If any):

        Date

  1. _______________        ____________________________________________________________
  2. _______________        ____________________________________________________________
  3. _______________        ____________________________________________________________
  4. _______________        ____________________________________________________________
  5. _______________        ____________________________________________________________

Please call the school to arrange a conference as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

                                                                                 Sincerely,

                                                                                Principal


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE COMPLAINT REPORT

        Date ________________________        Time _______________________

        Bus Company ________________________        Bus Number _______________________

        Driver ________________________        School _______________________

Check off problem category below:

☐ 1. Suspected use of alcohol or drugs

☐ 2. Safety concerns

☐ 3. Abusive language or behavior

☐ 4. Rudeness of driver

☐ 5. Irresponsible behavior

☐ 6. Reckless driving

☐ 7. Physical handling of children

☐ 8. Missing stops

☐ 9. Early arrival:

                Scheduled arrival ________                  Actual arrival _________

☐ 10. Late arrival:

                Scheduled arrival ________                  Actual arrival _________

☐ 11. Other (describe below)

(Comments):         ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Complainant________________________________________  Phone_____________________________


NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

STUDENT BUS PICK UP AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

School: ____________________________________________________

Student’s Name:_____________________________________________

ID#:___________________________ Grade:_____ (Kindergarten/First grade only)

 

I ____________________________ (Parent/ Guardian), authorize the party/parties listed below to meet the above student at his/her designated bus stop each afternoon. I verify that the party listed below is a relative and/or authorized caretaker for the above student and is at least 12 years old.  I also agree to hold the New Haven Public Schools, its board and /or their agents, servants, and employees harmless from any liabilities related solely to this authorized act. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF 2 DESIGNEES TO TAKE THE STUDENT OFF THE BUS. ANY MORE THAN 2 DESIGNEES WILL RESULT IN THE FORM BEING DENIED.

PLEASE FILL OUT ALL SECTIONS

 

Designees Name (print): ___________________________________________

Age:__________  Telephone  Number:_______________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________

 

Designees Name (print): ___________________________________________

Age:__________  Telephone  Number:_______________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________

 

 

Signature of Parent: ____________________________________   Date: __________________

Signature of Principal:__________________________________        Date: __________________

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