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Second Update to Transportation Notice

September 9, 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to all of you for working with the Transportation Department and the schools to determine the best bus routes and bus stops for your transportation-eligible children and to help us collect the information needed to develop accurate bus rosters for the 2016-2017 school year. Based on our internal discussions and feedback from many of you, the existing bus routes will be used as our baseline for the remainder of the school year. On September 19, 2016, we will remove the routes from our website and any subsequent changes to routes, bus stops or pick-up/drop-off times will be communicated by the Transportation Office to families assigned to the route. The Transfinder system will be fully programmed and thoroughly tested this year so that safe and appropriate bus routes and bus stops can be generated within the system and communicated to parents via Genesis in advance of the 2017-2018 school year.

Please also note that bus ridership does tend to increase after the first week of school, so anticipate that there may be variations in route times. We recommend that students be at the AM bus stop by approximately 10 minutes prior to the posted pick-up time, and that parents and caregivers meeting students be at the PM bus stop by approximately 10 minutes prior to the posted drop-off time. Meanwhile, please email Transportation Supervisor Ben Selby, bselby@montclair.k12.nj.us, if your child’s bus is consistently running more than 5 minutes early or more than 10 minutes late on a consistent basis, so that we can assess and adjust the stop times as necessary and communicate any such changes to all families on the route. In those emails, we request that you share the school name, route name, bus stop, AM or PM route, and the average number of minutes before or after the posted time that the bus is reaching the bus stop.

Once again, the district would like to thank all of our parents, caregivers and staff for their collaboration and understanding over this first week of school. Helping your children arrive at school and at home safely and on time is our continuing priority.

Best regards,

Brian Fleischer
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Montclair Public Schools
22 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07043
973-509-4050

 

 


First Update to Transportation Notice

September 3, 2016

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Following up on yesterday’s email regarding bus routes and bus stops, we have today posted the following additional bus routes to the district website:

  • Glenfield:  Red Rooster, Green Rooster, Blue Fish, Black Fish, Black Duck, Red Horse,  Brown Horse
  • Buzz Aldrin:  Green Swan, Green Rabbit, Blue Squirrel, Black Squirrel, Red Squirrel
  • Northeast: Blue Squirrel, Black Squirrel
  • Hillside: Blue Squirrel
  • Watchung: Blue Squirrel

All other bus routes (excluding special education door-to-door routes) were posted on the website yesterday, and reflect all routes that existed last year.

If your child(ren)’s home address and school are unchanged from last year, please use last year’s bus route and bus stop. For transportation-eligible students new to the district, new to the school, or with a new home address, please review the bus routes, bus stops and times for the assigned school and select the bus stop closest to your home. Please do not rely on bus information that was posted last week in Genesis Parent Access, as the automated routes had too many errors to be used.

On the first day of school, please present the bus driver or bus aide with a note that includes your child’s name, school, and bus stop, as well as whether your child will be riding the bus home. If your child will only ride the bus in the afternoon, please send a note to school in the morning that includes your child’s name, school, bus route (e.g., Blue Fish) and bus stop. We will use this information to generate bus rosters.

If you are uncertain of your child(ren)’s eligibility for transportation or cannot identify a bus route or bus stop within one-half mile of your home, please email Supervisor of Transportation Benjamin Selby at bselby@montclair.k12.nj.us and copy School Business Administrator Brian Fleischer at bfleischer@montclair.k12.nj.us, who will be monitoring email over the remainder of the Labor Day weekend. We apologize that due to the volume of phone calls/voicemails in the Transportation Office we will not be able to ensure that voicemails will be returned, so please send email.

Sincerely,

Brian Fleischer
School Business Administrator

 

 


URGENT NOTICE

September 2, 2016

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In the Montclair Public Schools, students in Grades PK-8 who reside more than one (1) mile from their assigned school, and students in Grades 9-12 who reside more than two and one-half (2.5) miles from their school, are entitled to transportation to-and-from school. Special transportation is also provided where indicated in a student’s IEP.

“Door-to-door” special education transportation pick-up and drop-off information should have been provided directly to families by the bus company and parents should continue to rely on that information.

This summer we have launched a new student information system, Genesis, and a new transportation system, Transfinder. Transfinder was configured to pull student information, including home addresses and school assignments, from Genesis, in order to establish bus routes, bus assignments, bus stops and pick-up/drop-off times for all students eligible for transportation to and from school.

Last week, upon receiving up-to-date student home addresses and school assignments from Genesis, the Transfinder program was run, but we discovered significant errors in bus assignments, bus stop assignments and pick-up/drop-off times. Transfinder has been working closely this week with district staff to diagnose and correct the errors, but with school opening on Tuesday, September 6, we realize that we will not be able to make the necessary corrections by that time.

Accordingly, we are going to start the 2016-2017 school year by using last year’s bus routes and bus stops. Those bus routes and bus stops, with morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times, have been posted on this website. Because we will use last year’s bus routes, please disregard any bus information that you received by mail or that you saw in Genesis Parent Access.

If your child(ren)’s home address and school are unchanged from last year, please use last year’s bus route and bus stop. For transportation-eligible students new to the district, new to the school, or with a new home address, please review the bus routes, bus stops and times for the assigned school and select the bus stop closest to your home.

On the first day of school, please present the bus driver or bus aide with a note that includes your child’s name, school, and bus stop, as well as whether your child will be riding the bus home. If your child will only ride the bus in the afternoon, please send a note to school in the morning that includes your child’s name, school, bus route (e.g., Blue Fish) and bus stop. We will use this information to generate bus rosters.

If you are uncertain of your child(ren)’s eligibility for transportation or cannot identify a bus route or bus stop within one-half mile of your home, please visit the Transportation Office at 22 Valley Road or email Supervisor of Transportation Benjamin Selby at bselby@montclair.k12.nj.us.

Sincerely,

Brian Fleischer
School Business Administrator

 

School BusTransportation to and from school is available for students in the Montclair Public School District who meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements are based on the shortest walking distance from the student’s residence to the school they are attending. According to board policy, transportation will be provided for the following students:

  1. All elementary students who reside more than 1 mile from their assigned district school.

  2. All middle school students who reside more than 1 mile from their assigned district school.

  3. All high school students who reside more than 2½ miles from the district high school.

All eligible students will be automatically assigned busing to/from the home address by the Transportation Office. Parents will be notified in August.

Alternate transportation to or from a babysitter or day care program is available provided that the following requirements are met:

  1. The student must be eligible for transportation from his/her home address.

  2. The babysitter or day care center must also meet the mileage eligibility requirement.

All assignments are made on a five-day-a-week basis.  Students cannot receive alternate transportation on certain days of the week.

Applications for alternate transportation will be available during school registration as well as at the Transportation Office and local day care centers. They are also available here. Applications for alternate transportation should be submitted to the Transportation Office by August 15. Parents applying after August 15 cannot be assured an assignment at the beginning of the school year.

Also note, the alternate address form must be completed each school year. Alternate assignments are voided at the end of each school year, and your child’s assignment will be returned to the original home address.


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