Dear Parent or Guardian,

On a typical year, the Westwood Public Schools Bus Transportation Program transports over 1,500
students each Picture of School Busyear. This year, our numbers will be lower due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Our goal is to provide our students with a safe and consistent means of transportation to and from school every day.  Below you will find important information regarding bus registration, including a link to register and a list of frequently asked questions. Please don't hesitate to contact my office at 781-326-7500 x1343 should you have further questions.
 
Lemma Jn-baptiste
Director of Business and Finance

 

2020-2021 Bus Routes are now available.

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Bus Routes.

 

2020-2021 Online Bus Registration.

If you have already registered and have not paid, you can click here to pay.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for Transportation?
How do I know what zone I live in?
If my child is not eligible to ride, what options do I have for transportation?
How do I register and pay for the bus?
How much is the Transportation Fee and can it be refunded or pro-rated if we are remote?
When and how will I be notified of my bus assignment?
Is there one-way or partial year transportation available?
What if I need help paying for the bus fee?
What if I currently qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?
Can children be dropped off at a different stop on the way home?
Do kindergarten students have a separate bus?
What are the expectations about behavior on the bus?
What should my expectation be about bus schedule times?
Who should I contact if I have more questions?

 

Who is eligible for Transportation?
Eligibility is based on whether you live within a “riding zone” or a “walking zone”.  These zones have been established and adopted by the School Committee.
 
How do I know what zone I live in?
You can find out what zone you live in by entering your address into the link above "Click here to Register and Pay" .  The schools that you are eligible for transportation to will appear in the drop down menu.  You may also look on the Town of Westwood’s website  http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us click on Maps, GIS, Large School Districts Map to see the riding and non-riding zones.
 
If my child is not eligible to ride, what options do I have for transportation?
Eligible riders will be given the option for paid transportation first. In a typical year, should seats become available on certain routes, these seats may be available to “walkers”.  This year, there will be no seats available to "walkers". We advise parents to consider arranging a supervised "walking school bus" with neighbors, or to consider other options such as car pools.
 
How do I register and pay for the bus?
There are two ways to pay:  You can pay online with an ACH check (.25 fee applies) or by credit card (small fee assessed by the credit card company applies). MasterCard, American Express or Discover are acceptable credit cards. We do not accept Visa.  If you prefer not to pay on-line, you can download the 2020-2021 Bus Registration Form here and mail it along with your payment to the Westwood Public Schools, 220 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA  02090, Attn. Transportation. 
 
How much is the Transporation Fee and can it be refunded or pro-rated if we are remote?
The annual transportation fee for 2020-2021 is $180 per student, for all students, grades K-12. There is an annual family cap of $450.00 for all students K-12. The bus fee will not be pro-rated or refunded if school becomes remote. 
  
When and how will I be notified of my bus assignment?
Bus Drivers will have a list of all registered riders and only students on the bus list will be allowed to ride the bus.  Families can check their child's Aspen Account to find out what bus # their child(ren) have been assigned to. Bus #'s will also appear on Middle and High School students class schedules. Bus Routes will be posted on the District Web Site at the end of August.
 
Is there one-way or partial year transportation available?
The District does not provide one-way or partial year transportation.
 
What if I need help paying for the bus fee?
Students who are eligible for Free and/or Reduced Lunch may also be eligible for a reduction in their transportation fee.  Please print and complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Form and a Household Information Packet to see if you are eligible. Please note that there is a page in the Household Information Packet which will allow the Food Service Department to share your information with the Transportation Department for bus fee waiver decisions. Both forms should be mailed to the Westwood Public Schools, 220 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA 02090, Attn: Food Services. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of your free/reduced status. If you think you may not qualify for free and reduced lunch, and need financial assistance for transportation, please contact John Cianciarulo in the Superintendent’s office at 781-326-7500, ext 1341.
 
What if I currently qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?
Students who are currently approved for Free and Reduced Price Lunch and who have completed the Household Information Packet should print and complete only the Bus Registration Form and mail it to Westwood Public Schools, 220 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA 02090, Attn: Transportation.  Please attach a note indicating your child(ren) currently qualifies for Free and Reduced price lunch.  

 
Can children be dropped off at a different stop on the way home?
Students may only ride their assigned buses. Transporting students to an alternative, yet existing,stop on the student’s same route may be granted if done so on a regular basis (at least four days per week). Requests for alternative stops should be made in writing to Scherie Ciarrocchi, Bus Coordinator and sent to Westwood Public Schools,  220 Nahatan Street, Westwood, MA  02090. Transporting students for play dates, lessons, or other reasons is not permitted.
 
Do kindergarten students have a separate bus?
No. Kindergarten students will be riding on the same bus as grades 1 through 5 and will be picked up and dropped off at designated bus stops. 

What are the expectations about behavior on the bus?

Students are expected to behave in a manner that will provide optimum safety of the individual student as well as the safety of other students aboard the bus.  A driver’s first responsibility is driving the bus. Drivers are NOT bus monitors.  Drivers should and will report safety issues, contact the Police Department, or if problems occur after dismissal, drivers may return a student to school should behavior on the bus so warrant. When a student is reported for violating a safety rule in or around a school bus, school officials will review the situation with the student.  Parents may also be notified of the behavior.  Depending on the severity of the offense or the frequency of violations, the student may:  receive a warning, brief suspension from the bus, or be suspended from riding the bus for the remainder of the school year.  Bus fees will not be refunded in these cases.

 
What should my expectation be about bus schedule times?
Our goal is to maintain the schedules that we provide at the beginning of the year for pick-up and drop-off of students. Given winter conditions, traffic etc., consistency is often times dependent on the condition of the roads in Westwood. Please allow extra time for pick up and drop off.
 
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
During the year, all transportation-related issues should be reported to our Transportation Coordinator, Scherie Ciarrocchi, schoolbus@westwood.k12.ma.us or call 781-326-7500, x1338.
 

If you have any questions regarding Bus Registration, please contact Barbara Moore at busregistration@westwood.k12.ma.us

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