Bus Routes Fall 2013
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The Ludlow Public Schools contracts with the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative for the transportation needs of the children under their jurisdiction. Transportation is available to all students (K through 12) who live more than 1 ½ miles from their school of attendance, per Massachusetts General Law. Transportation is also available for students who live less than 1 ½ miles from their school of attendance for a fee. The fee is set every year by the Ludlow School Committee. The fee for the school year 2012 - 2013 is $242.00. Each additional student is $135.00. Maximum cost per family is $538.00. One way only is $121.00. All regular bus students going to the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club or to Whitney Park Afterschool Program must pay $34.00 for transportation. You may be eligible for a reduced rate based on your eligibility for free or reduced lunch. Contact the Business Office for more information: 413 583-8372.
Click on the following two links to access the forms: Pay to Ride and Before and After School Transportation
Transportation Rules for Pupils
- Pupils are under the authority of the bus driver when being transported to and from school or a school activity. Refusal to obey the bus driver and/or any of the rules stated below will make them liable to be reported to school officials and to be refused transportation privileges.
- Pupils must be on time for the bus both morning and evening. This rule will be enforced within reason.
- Pupils must walk on the left side of the road facing the traffic. While waiting for the bus pupils must not stand or play in the road/highway.
- Pupils must not attempt to get on/off the bus while it is in motion. They must not ride on the outside of the bus. Pupils must make sure the road is clear before the cross to or from the bus.
- Pupils must occupy the seats assigned to them by school officials or the bus driver.
- Pupils must not extend their hands, arms, heads or bodies through the bus windows or doors.
- Pupils must not leave the bus on the way to/from school or a school activity without permission of the driver. The driver will not give such permission except in the case of personal emergency on the part of the pupil, or upon the request of the pupil's parents, teacher or principal.
- Pupils will be permitted to converse in a normal tone; loud, profane and obscene language will be prohibited.
- Pupils will not be permitted to smoke on the bus at any time.
- Pupils must not open or close bus windows without the permission of the driver, nor shall they regulate or operate any part of the bus.
- Pupils must cooperate in keeping the bus clean and must abstain from damaging it. To this end, they shall not throw articles in or out of the bus, nor spit on it, nor mar or deface it.
- With the exception of their books, musical instruments, and other school equipment, pupils shall not transport anything without the permission of the driver. 1 of 2 File: EEAEC-R (also JICC-R)
- Pupils must be courteous to the driver, to fellow pupils and to all other persons.
- Positively no extra riders without permission from school officials.
- Absolutely no standing when bus is in motion.
- Transportation in Ludlow is provided for public and private school children alike. No preferential treatment is afforded one group over the other. In like manner, rules of behavior apply to both.
Students will be entitled to transportation to and from school at the expense of the Ludlow Public Schools when such transportation conforms with applicable provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws. Reimbursement to the Town of Ludlow for transportation costs incurred by the Town is provided by the Commonwealth only for (a) students living at least one and one half miles from school and (b) for special needs students for whom transportation must be provided pursuant to the decision of a TEAM.
Students living one and one half miles or more from the school they attend will be provided transportation as measured on a main traveled bus way. No exceptions will be made by the School Committee. However, pupils living less than one and one half miles from their assigned school of attendance may purchase bus services for a fee as determined by the Ludlow School Committee.
Transportation services shall be considered a privilege and students who are unruly, disruptive and/or insubordinate while riding on a bus may be denied this privilege by the school department. Student behavior is expected to comport with the Transportation Rules for Pupils published each year and sent home by the Principal with each student. Bus drivers will submit a written report to the school principal in the case of an offense. This report will include a brief summary of the offense and the student's name. Following receipt of a report from a bus driver relative to improper student conduct while riding on the bus, the Principal shall notify the child's parent or guardian. In the discretion of the Principal, and dependent on the nature of the offense(s), a student may be temporarily or permanently denied bus privileges for a portion of or remainder of a particular school year.
Adopted April 9, 2002