File: EEA-R

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Philosophy

West Springfield Public Schools endeavors to transport all entitled pupils safely to and from school as economically and efficiently as possible.
 
Pupils Entitled to Transportation
 
The Town of West Springfield’s School Committee has the basic policy of transporting both public and parochial pupils in grades K-5 from a distance of 3/4 of a mile or more and grades 6-12 from a distance of 1½ miles or more from the school within the town they attend. In addition, streets or entire areas may be entitled to transportation for safety reasons.
 
Each school has a bus directory indicating the streets within its district entitled to transportation. On very short streets either all houses are entitled to transportation or the entire street becomes a walking area. On the longer streets, the dividing line is then at an appropriate corner or a natural dividing point.
 
Pupils may only ride assigned busses. The assigned busses will be based on their legal residence. Any deviation must be requested through the Principal who will forward explanations of recommended and denied requests for deviations to the Superintendent or his/her designee for final approval and review. No approvals will be granted if the extra time will cause the bus to arrive late for school. No approvals
will be granted if the cost to the West Springfield School System increases as a result of the deviation.
 
Parents must complete a “request form” and submit it to the school Principal prior to the Superintendent or his/her designee reviewing the case. Forms are available at the school department, office of special needs, individual schools, and office of the director of transportation.
 
 
Revised:     April 2, 2007
S.C. Approved: April 10, 2007
 

West Springfield Public Schools