• Back to School - Bus Information:

    We encourage parents and students to:

    • Do not be tardy for the bus. Getting to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus prevents rushing. 

    • Stay 10 giant steps away from the outside of the bus.

    • Follow all safety protocols when walking to bus stops or when waiting at bus stops and never engage in horseplay at a bus stop and never wait in the street. 

    • Wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching or preparing to leave.

    • Before approaching a school bus to get on, wait until it comes to a complete stop and activates flashing red lights. Be alert if crossing to a bus to ensure that cars have stopped. 

    • Wait until the driver lets you know it is OK to cross the street or walk in front of the bus.

    • Always sit properly on the bus. Avoid standing and obey bus driver’s instructions. 

    • No horseplay, shouting or yelling while getting on or off or riding on a school bus. Always be courteous and respectful of others

    • Avoid picking up any items they may have dropped near the bus. Instead ask the driver for help.

    • Stay away from the bus wheels at all times. 
     Keep hands and arms inside of the bus and never throw anything from a school bus. 

    • Wait until the bus stops before getting out of your seat. 

    • Always be aware of other traffic when getting off of a school bus. 

    Promoting the safety of children in Wareham is the most important obligation responsible adults share. By taking a few minutes to review these suggestions, much can be done to enhance the school environment. Children are our most precious commodities. I ask parents and students to join with us in making this school year safe, healthy and productive for all. 

    With the increase in mobile technology, students and motorists can easily become distracted. The few seconds it takes to talk on a cell phone, text or change songs can take a student’s focus off of walking safely to the bus stop or cause a motorist to not see a bus’ important safety features like stop arms and warning lights.

    Motorists should remember that wherever there is a school bus, there are children around. Always heed the school bus stop lights. When the stop lights are activated, children are entering or exiting the bus, and motorists must stop until the area is clear.

    Wareham is focused on delivering safe and reliable transportation to the students of the community every single day. 

    All Bus Routes are subject to change.


    WAREHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

    95 Charge Pond Rd.  Wareham, Massachusetts 02571

    (508) 291-3574 FAX (508) 291-3570         

    Jamie Andrews, Transportation Manager


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Bus registration is mandatory for all students planning to use regular bus transportation for the 2018-2019 school year.

    The last day Bus Registration Forms will be accepted is FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018.  Requests submitted after AUGUST 3rd will be placed on a waiting list. 

    PLEASE COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE BUS REGISTRATION FORM in a timely manner.  Your child will not be permitted to ride without completing and submitting the form whether or not payment is required for them.

    Should you be seeking a bus variance for your child, both the BUS REGISTRATION FORM AND THE VARIANCE FORM must be submitted.

    Bus Registration Forms MUST BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 3rd.  

    Thank you,

    Transportation Department


    Bus Fee Application PDF

    Bus Fee Application doc

     

    Frequently Asked Bus Questions

    Q- Who is eligible to ride the bus without paying a bus fee in Wareham?

    A- All students in grades K-6 who reside two miles or more from their assigned school are eligible for free transportation.

    Q-What if you do not qualify to ride without paying a bus fee?

    A- All Wareham students grades K-6 that reside less than two miles from their designated school and all students grades 7-12, regardless of the distance, are required to pay for Transportation.

    Q- How much will the bus cost?

    A- The fee for this school year is as follows: $100 for the first student, $75 for the second student, and $50 for the third student. The Maximum fee for a family is $225 per year.

    Q- How can I pay the bus fees?

    A- No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Money orders and bank checks must be made payable to Town of Wareham-Bus Fee. You can also pay online with your bank number or credit card.

    Q- Is there any provision for a waiver of the bus fee?

    A- Yes, if you qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals program. If you qualified for the program in the current year, you will be assumed to still qualify until the next application due date. Free and Reduced Meal Applications are distributed annually during the first week of school. You must qualify annually.

    Q- When will I be required to pay the bus fee?

    A- Payment is due in full with the Application. Fee-based seats are on a space available basis only. We cannot re-route or add buses once the routes have been established. The sooner you apply, the sooner you are assured of your student(s) being accommodated in the route plans.

    Q- Where do I send my payment and forms?

    A- Application forms and payments should be mailed or returned to one school where you have a child attending. All students in the family may be listed on one application and only one check is necessary. Please make sure to list the school name where each student will attend.

    Q- Will bus passes be required?

    A- Yes. Bus passes will be issued to all eligible students at their school during the first month of school.  Passes will not be required to ride the bus during the first few weeks of school. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus without a bus pass once the passes have been distributed.

    Q- What if I need the bus only two or three days per week?

    A- The cost for all students is the same regardless of how many days you intend to ride the bus.

    Q- Who can be suspended from riding the bus?

    A- Anyone who violates the School Bus Conduct Policy may be suspended. There is no refund if a student has paid a bus fee.

    Q- How do I know if my home is less than two miles from the designated school?

    A- The student transportation software system provides the distance between each student’s residence and his/her assigned school. Questions regarding this distance should first be directed to the main office at your student’s school.

    Q- How is the mileage determined?

    A- In accordance with the Department of Education policy, we input the data from your house to your appropriate school. We will take the most direct route to be fair to all families.

    Q- Under what circumstances would I be eligible for a refund?

    A- Refunds will be granted only to those families who move out of town during the school year if they submit a request, in writing, to the Business Office. Refunds will be prorated.

    Q- What if I’m new to the school system, how much do I have to pay?

    A- Your bus fee will be prorated depending on how many school days are left.

    Q- What happens if I send in my application/payment after the deadline date?

    A- Applications and payments received after the deadline may be placed on a waiting list. Bus routes and staffing will be planned based on applications received on the deadline date. The transportation department cannot guarantee transportation for your student if the application is received after the deadline date.

    Q- What if my child forgets or loses his/her bus pass?

    A- We will allow a child to board the morning bus; however, the child must obtain a temporary pass from the Principals office in order to board the bus in the afternoon. A temporary pass will be allowed on 2 occasions. After that, your child will not be allowed on the bus. If your child loses their bus pass you can obtain a new one for a $5 charge.

    Q- What if my child has special needs?

    A- If your child has special transportation in their Individual Education Plans (IEP) they will not have to pay the bus fee.

    Q- What if my child has a “504 Plan”?

    A- Students who have a 504 plan are subject to the fee under the same provisions as all other students.

    Q- What if my child goes to a day care or babysitter?

    A- You will pay based on your home address to your child’s school. It doesn’t matter where your day care is located as long as it falls within the buses route you will receive transportation. This is how we keep it fair for all students.

  • Back to School – Bus Information:

    We encourage parents and students to:
    • Do not be tardy for the bus. Getting to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus prevents rushing.
    • Stay 10 giant steps away from the outside of the bus.
    • Follow all safety protocols when walking to bus stops or when waiting at bus stops and
    never engage in horseplay at a bus stop and never wait in the street.
    • Wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching or preparing to leave.
    • Before approaching a school bus to get on, wait until it comes to a complete stop and
    activates flashing red lights. Be alert if crossing to a bus to ensure that cars have stopped.
    • Wait until the driver lets you know it is OK to cross the street or walk in front of the bus.
    • Always sit properly on the bus. Avoid standing and obey bus driver’s instructions.
    • No horseplay, shouting or yelling while getting on or off or riding on a school bus. Always be courteous and respectful of others
    • Avoid picking up any items they may have dropped near the bus. Instead ask the driver
    for help.
    • Stay away from the bus wheels at all times.
    • Keep hands and arms inside of the bus and never throw anything from a school bus.
    • Wait until the bus stops before getting out of your seat.
    • Always be aware of other traffic when getting off of a school bus.

    Promoting the safety of children in Wareham is the most important obligation responsible adults share. By taking a few minutes to review these suggestions, much can be done to enhance the school environment. Children are our most precious commodities. I ask parents and students to join with us in making this school year safe, healthy and productive for all.
    With the increase in mobile technology, students and motorists can easily become distracted. The few seconds it takes to talk on a cell phone, text or change songs can take a student’s focus off of walking safely to the bus stop or cause a motorist to not see a bus’ important safety features like stop arms and warning lights.
    Motorists should remember that wherever there is a school bus, there are children around. Always heed the school bus stop lights. When the stop lights are activated, children are entering or exiting the bus, and motorists must stop until the area is clear.
    Wareham is focused on delivering safe and reliable transportation to the students of the community every single day.