Regular bus schedules detailing both routes and stops are established each year for the transportation of children to and from school. Each child entitled to transportation shall be assigned a bus stop along a bus route and shall embark and depart from this bus stop. Exceptions to this policy will be made only for reasons of the child’s health and safety and based upon administrative regulations.

  • Bus stops will only be within the boundaries of the North East School District for North East students.
  • Private school students will follow the same pick up and drop off procedures.
  • All students will be assigned to a route and a stop using information provided to the transportation department at the end of the current school year. This route and stop information will carry over unless a change request form is completed, submitted and approved by first week of the school year. This form can be found on the district transportation page.
  • For the safety of children already on the bus, as well as that of the traveling public, bus stops should be consolidated when possible in order to reduce the hazards caused by frequent stops along a road or highway.
  • While state law permits schools to have children walk 1.5 miles for elementary and 2 miles for high/middle school to their bus stop, the district will attempt to make walks shorter than the maximum (Currently, the maximum walk is .75 of a mile for both elementary and middle school) (PA School Code 1949 24 PS 13-1362 and 17-1726A).
  • Bus stops in rural areas will be evaluated on the traffic flow (local and through traffic), site distance, length of the road, ease of turn around, density population on the road, existence of railroad crossings, and traffic and road conditions.
  • On certified hazardous routes, a child may be required to walk 500 feet to a bus stop or to the school according to (67 PA Code Chapter 447.3).
  • Students must wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the road. All children must cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus so they are visible to the driver.
  • The District is only required to transport children to and from home/school. All request for daycare transportation will be submitted in writing and reviewed by the transportation department.
  • We cannot accommodate personal after school activities. (I.e. birthday party, dance classes, piano lessons, etc.) Your child must go home on his or her regularly scheduled bus.
  • The District will honor split custody arrangements if both parents live within the North East School district.
  • Parents should have emergency plans in place to accommodate their child’s arrival at designated drop off stops.
  • Parents are reminded that children are assigned to a specific bus AND specific bus stop. Your bus driver is not authorized to drop off children at other bus stops at any time unless they have a bus pass from the student.
  • Arrival time for children at the bus stop should be a MINIMUM of five minutes before the regular scheduled time. Waiting for one (1) tardy child could mean a busload of children late for school. Drivers are not to wait for children.
  • Parents/Guardians must assume responsibility for their child after drop off at the requested stop. The district cannot be responsible to determine whether parents are home at time of drop off.
  • Kindergarten student drop off procedure: The North East School District requires a parent or responsible designee to be present at the designated drop off location for all kindergarten students. In the event the driver does not see a parent or designee to receive the kindergarten student the driver will notify the transportation department who will in turn attempt to call the parent(s). If a parent cannot be reached, the kindergarten student will be transported to the bus garage for the parent to pick up. A principal will be notified if repeated incidents of this nature persists to discuss alternative options for transport.