Transportation

Ludlow public schools

205 FULLER STREET | LUDLOW, MA 01056 | Phone 413-583-8372 | FAX 413-583-5666

2021 - 2022 School Year

CONTACT- School Business Office at 413-583-5663 ext 117 or transportation@ludlowps.org

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

The health, safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We are working this summer on transportation for the fall. Please continue to check back here for updates. If you have any questions, you can email the School Business Office at transportation@ludlowps.org

We will notify you of changes using the Ludlow Public Schools K12 Alert notification System.

Click HERE to read the letter that was sent to Ludlow Public School Families via email on August 5, 2021 regarding transportation for the 2021-2022 school year.

UPDATE August 24th- Letters with the bus route information will be mailed by the end of the day.

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022 DETAILS

Click HERE for the Ludlow Pubic Schools 2021-22 transportation routes (map).

Click HERE for the Ludlow Public Schools 2021-22 bus routes.

PAY TO RIDE

If the number of miles from your home to your assigned school is under 1.5, we need to know if your child will participate in transportation to and/or from school. Please note the Pay to Ride program is at no charge for the 2021- 2022 school year ONLY. If you are requesting bus transportation for your child for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the information below and return it to the School Business Office no later than August 9th, 2021. When the routes are established, we will mail out the bus information. Request received after the August 9th, 2021 deadline will not be considered until September 7, 2021.

Please click HERE to access the 2021-2022 Pay to Ride Form.

BUS STOP CHANGES

Bus Changes (pick up/drop off location other than home address) has been approved for the 2021-2022 school year. The change MUST be the same for all 5 days. If you want your child to be picked up or dropped off at a location other than home, please fill out the Bus Stop Change Request 2021-2022 form. Request received after August 9th, 2021 may not be processed till after September 7th, 2021. During the school year it can take up to 5 days to process the request.

Please click HERE to access the 2021-20211 Bus Stop Change Request Form.

BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION to LUDLOW BOYS & GIRLS CLUB and/or WHITNEY PARK

If you are planning to use the school bus for transportation to and/or from the Ludlow Boys’ and Girls’ Club or Whitney Park, on your in-school days, you must complete the Transportation Request for Before/After School Bus - Ludlow Boys’ & Girls’ Club/Whitney Park 2021-2022 form and return it to the School Business Office. Requests received after August 13, 2021 may not be processed till September 7, 2021


Click HERE to access the 2021-2022 Transportation Request for Before/After School Bus - Ludlow Boys’ & Girls’ Club/Whitney Park School Form.

Ludlow Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Proceedures 2021-2022.docx

TRANSPORTATION RULES OVERVIEW

  • 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF BUS RULES FOR ALL STUDENTS.

TRANSPORTATION POLICY

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 1.5 miles from school and (b) for special needs students for whom transportation must be provided pursuant to the decision of a TEAM.

Students living 1.5 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

Amended

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