1. Are buses equipped with seat belts? Do the students have to wear the seat belts?
As required by NJ State Law (39:3B-11), all buses are equipped with seat belts and we strongly encourage all students to wear their seat belt. The driver is only required to make sure all seat belts are in working condition. It is the parents' responsibility to talk to their child to make sure they use the seat belt whenever they are on the bus.
2. How do I know what bus my child rides on a daily basis?
Students will be mailed a bus pass prior to the start of school. Students must have this pass with them at all times in order to board their bus. Drivers will make random requests to see a student's bus pass. Students failing to show their bus pass when requested can be removed from the bus by a building administrator.
3. Each bus pass will list the pick up location and the scheduled time for the student’s pick up.
Due to unpredictable traffic patterns throughout the district, bus pick-up time can vary from day to day, students must be at their assigned bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
North Brunswick Township has a noise ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their horn to signal they are at your bus stop.
4. Do I need to be at the bus stop to accept my child from the bus in the afternoon?
For the safety and well-being of our students, all pre-school and kindergarten students must have an adult meet them at the bus stop for all bus drop offs.
In the event an older sibling is on the same route and the parent/guardian has approved that sibling to be responsible to walk the kindergarten student home. The parent must come to the transportation office, present a photo ID and submit a signed letter giving authorization. This letter will remain in the students file during the year in the transportation department.
If a parent wants to have someone else pick up their child, the parent must come to the transportation office, show a photo ID and complete the required form listing those permitted to accept their child.
There must be consistency in the person responsible for the kindergarten student. For safety purposes, this should not be a different person each day.
If the parent or designee is not present at the bus stop, the driver will contact a member of the transportation department who will make an attempt to reach the parent by telephone. Should this fail the driver will return the child to the originating school. The parent will then be required to pick up the student there.
In the event there is no administrative personnel at the school to receive the child, the child shall be brought to the local police department.
5. What if I need my child to ride on a different bus?
Students are only permitted to ride a different bus in the case of an emergency. A copy of the district policy for transportation can be found on the district web site here.
6. What if I need to change my child’s bus stop?
Drivers do NOT have the authority to change routes, stops or times. If you need any changes to your child’s busing you MUST come in person to the transportation office and present a PHOTO ID along with a written request for any changes. If a change is approved and to insure proper notification to all involved in the bus route changes can take up to 3 days to become effective.
7. What if my child loses his/her bus pass?
A replacement bus pass may be issued in one of the following ways. If a student loses his/her bus pass he/she will need to notify the school main office. The office staff will contact the transportation office, and a new pass will be sent out. The child’s parent/guardian may contact the transportation office to advise of a lost pass. Once notified, a new pass will be sent out by mail by the transportation office.
8. How do late bus runs work at Linwood and the High School?
Late run buses are courtesy buses provided to take home students who participate in club activities, sports, detention, or extra help from teachers after the regular school day. Late buses for the High School and Linwood run as follows: