Transportation

At Noah Webster Schools, we are happy to offer bus transportation to students who live farther than one mile away from campus, providing parents and students with added convenience and ease each morning and after school.

Our transportation director creates bus routes based on an 8 mile radius around each campus. While we try our best to accommodate all of our students, bus routes are not guaranteed until approved by the transportation director.

Mesa Campus

Call 480-986-2335 ext. 2610 for more information about routes and availability.

Pima Campus

Call 480-291-6900 ext. 3169 for more information about routes and availability.

Requesting Bus Service

Please read this page carefully in order to understand our bus service requirements. Note that the submission of a Request for Bus Service form does not guarantee that your child will be able to ride the bus.Bus service at Noah Webster Schools is limited, so we are not always able to satisfy all requests.

Request for Bus Service Forms

There are two forms for requesting bus service; one for the AM Morning pick-up and one for the PM Afternoon drop-off. Both forms must be filled out if you are requesting busing both to and from school.These forms are only valid for one school year. New forms must be filled out and returned during the re-enrollment period (usually in March). You must re-submit new forms every year to continue bus service or to remain on the waiting list and be considered for busing. Download the appropriate forms below, fill them out, and deliver them to the front desk.

Mesa Campus:

AM Bus Request Form

PM Bus Request Form

Pima Campus:

AM Bus Request Form

PM Bus Request Form

Currently Assigned Riders

Once your child is assigned to a bus route, you must re-enroll them during the school re-enrollment period in March in order to keep yourassigned bus for the following year. The forms must be completed and returned by the re-enrollment cutoff date to keep that child on the same bus. As much as it is possible, newly enrolled siblings of current riders will receive preference in bus assignments. You will lose your seat on the bus if you fail to return the forms ON TIME. If you do not return the forms at all, that will be interpreted as you wishing to have your child removed from the bus. Failure to submit your form on time or at all will result in your bus application being processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantee of getting a place on the bus. If you have moved and need to change routes, your form will be considered as a new request for that route.

New Requests

If your child is not currently assigned to a bus route, your application to ride the bus will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until that route is filled. Initially, you will be put on the waiting list. Due to the drivers’ need to familiarize themselves with their student riders, we do very few new bus assignments during the first three weeks of school. We will add riders to a route until it reaches the allowed capacity. After that, applications will be placed on the waiting list.

Waiting List

If you are not notified that your child has been added to the bus roster, that means you are on the waiting list. We will not make phone calls to those not assigned to a bus. Submitting the request form puts you on the waiting list, unless stated otherwise.

Non-Use of Bus

Busing is a limited resource that we cannot afford to waste. We ask that if you request bus service and are assigned to a bus route, please use it. If you are not using the bus, please contact the school and have your child removed from the bus roster. Anyone that consistently fails to use their assigned bus route will be removed from the list in order to make room for those on the waiting list.

Walk Zone

The area within a one (1) mile radius of the school site is considered a walk zone for Noah Webster Schools. No Request for Bus Service will be fulfilled if your child lives within the walk zone of the school.

Bus Stop Locations

Students are assigned to whichever existing bus stop is closest to their requested address. This may require you to drive to that stop. We do not create new bus stops during the school year.

Early/Late Buses

At Noah Webster Schools, we have early and late buses. The “early” and “late” buses refer to the first and second route for each bus, which are two entirely different areas. We have five Mesa buses, and three Pima buses, servicing ten and six routes (respectively), so there are no “activity” buses; only regular route buses, with each bus servicing two distinct routes.

Route Time Switching

We switch the early and late routes every two years. This means that the early routes become late routes, and that the late routes become the early routes. Please inquire as to the early/late route status of your area by contacting Transportation at 480-986-2335 ext. 2610 or 480-291-6900 ext. 3169. Scheduled times for stops on each route will not be available until the enrollment process has been completed and the routing has been finalized, usually in early June.

Confirmations

We mail (or email) out busing confirmations to the majority of assigned bus riders soon after the end of the current school year. During the school year, notifications are made by telephone (if possible), with printed notices sent home with the student.

Bus Rules & Policies

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Students have the privilege of riding Noah Webster buses—it is not a right. Inappropriate conduct at bus stops, on the bus, or while boarding and exiting from a bus may result in student disciplinary action or suspension of bus riding privileges.

Students who are transported on buses or other vehicles provided by Noah Webster are required by law to obey the driver who is operating the vehicle. Students are required to follow policies, regulations, and rules while being transported. Parents are requested to review these transportation rules and policies with students to encourage safe and appropriate behavior.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

  1. Students are expected to follow all bus rules and policies shown here and in the Noah Webster Schools parent handbook. Disobeying the driver or other violations will result in disciplinary action.
  2. Although any misconduct merits attention and action, the following misconduct will not be tolerated:
    1. Continued open defiance of authority, habitual profanity, or vulgarity.
    2. Conduct involving weapons (including but not limited to: firearms, slingshots, knives, and explosive devices).
    3. Conduct involving illegal and/or prohibited substances (including but not limited to: possession, use or distribution of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs).
  3. The bus rules and conduct that are prohibited are guidelines only, and are not intended to limit the school’s ability to discipline students.
  4. Students may be subject to discipline for engaging in prohibited conduct or disobeying bus rules while:
    1. The student is going to and from school (including conduct at or near school bus stops and on the bus).
    2. The student is at a school event (on or off campus, during or after the normal school day).
    3. In any other context in which Noah Webster Schools may lawfully discipline the student.
  5. Prohibited conduct that is attempted, but not completed, may subject the student to the same discipline as if the act was completed.

DISCIPLINE FOR VIOLATION OF TRANSPORTATION RULES

Disciplinary actions will be taken with each infraction. (A total suspension of bus riding privileges may occur even on the first infraction at the discretion of the school principal.)

  1. A student may be denied transportation privileges for violating transportation rules. When school bus rules are violated and/or cause danger to students, drivers, or others, the following action will be taken:
    1. The parent(s) will be notified of the student’s misconduct and notice that transportation privileges will be withdrawn if the student’s conduct does not improve.
    2. In emergency situations or for extremely serious misconduct, transportation privileges may be revoked without prior notice.
    3. Suspension of bus privileges for up to one school year may be imposed at the principal’s discretion.
  2. A student may be suspended or expelled from school for violating transportation rules.

BUS PROCEDURES

First, a note about bus safety.

Below are the bus procedures your child must follow to ensure that they are a safe bus rider. These procedures outline how to safely wait for, load, ride, and unload from a bus. Our primary concern is the physical safety of your child, so it is extremely important that your child understand and follow these procedures.

School buses have proven to be the safest form of transportation in the world. But while the ride is very safe, there is one area of school bus transportation that can be dangerous; loading and unloading. Every year, there are children that are killed or injured while they are outside the bus during loading and unloading. This results from a combination of large vehicle size, limited driver visibility, and children getting too close to or even going under the bus. So teach your child about the school bus DANGER ZONE. Always stay at least 10 feet away from the sides, front and back of a school bus. Only approach close to a bus in the entry door area. And NEVER go under a bus for any reason.

  1. Waiting for the Bus
  2. Be at your stop approximately 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  3. By State law, children waiting at a bus stop must be at least 50 feet away from any intersection or corner.
  4. Stay a safe distance from the curb, while waiting on the sidewalk area. Do not play games in the street.
  5. Respect private property. Do not wander into carports or onto lawns. Do not sit on fences. Do not throw rocks. Do not vandalize property.
  6. When you see the bus approaching, get in line immediately. Line up parallel to the street, away from the curb, facing the approaching bus.
  7. Stand clear of the bus until it has come to a complete stop. Do not push or shove while waiting. Let smaller children board first.
  8. The bus will come to a stop approximately 10 feet from the first student. Stand still until the bus stops completely and the door has opened. Do not move toward the bus until it has stopped.
  9. If you miss the bus, go straight home. Remember, your bus driver has a schedule to keep, and if you are not at the bus stop he/she cannot wait for you.
    1. Parents should instruct their children on what to do if the bus is unable to pick them up, i.e., where to go and wait (back home or a friend’s house) and whom to telephone (parents, school, or a friend).
    2. If we have a bus breakdown, another bus will complete the entire route. The replacement bus will run very late, but will service every stop.
  10. Boarding the Bus
  11. Always use the handrail.
  12. Go up the steps one at a time. Avoid pushing and shoving.
  13. Go directly to your seat. The bus will not move until all passengers are seated.
  14. State law does not permit passengers to stand in a moving bus.
  15. Specific Bus Rules

The following specific rules must be followed on all Noah Webster Schools vehicles:

  1. Obey the driver at all times.
  2. Do not distract the driver. If the driver is paying attention to you, they are not paying attention to the road. That is very dangerous.
  3. Remain properly seated and face forward, until the bus or vehicle has completely stopped.
  4. Keep the center aisle clear.
  5. Keep hands, arms, feet, legs, and head inside the vehicle. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  6. Talk quietly and use good language at all times.
  7. Do not throw anything inside the vehicle or from the vehicle. Spitting will not be tolerated.
  8. Do not eat or drink while on the bus. (Water bottles are allowed—but only with plain water. No juices or flavored water)
  9. Keep our buses clean. Do not leave litter on the bus.
  10. Maintain orderly conduct at bus stops or other designated loading/unloading spots.
  11. By State law, glass items (other than prescription eyewear) or animals (except for a legal service animal) of any kind are prohibited.
  12. Weapons, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs are prohibited.
  13. Getting off the Bus
  14. Stay seated until the bus has completely stopped. Listen for the loud sound of the air brake being applied that will tell you when it is safe to stand up.
  15. Use the handrail and take one step at a time when leaving the bus.
  16. Pushing or crowding shows poor manners and could cause an accident.
  17. Move immediately away from the side of the bus (at least 10 feet). Go directly home, or to class.
  18. To get off at a bus stop other than your regular stop, a parent or guardian must arrange the change in advance with the school office. Place your child on the Call List at 480-986-2335 ext. 101 at least one hour before the end of the school day.
  19. If a dropped item falls near or under the bus, do not crawl or reach under the bus. Go to the door of the bus and tell the driver. She/he will help you to retrieve the item. Or wait for the bus to leave, check traffic, and then proceed to retrieve the item.
  20. Do not chase or hang onto the bus as it is moving.
  21. Crossing the Road
  22. If you must cross the road, walk about 10 feet in front of the bus (staying on the side of the road). Remember, you should be far enough away from the bus so the driver is able to see your feet as you cross the road.
  23. Then watch the driver and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross. The signal to wait is an open palm facing you. The signal to cross is a sweeping motion of a closed hand with the thumb pointing out.
  24. Look continuously to the left and right as you cross the road. (Walk directly across the road. Do not run.)
  25. Never cross the road behind the bus.
  26. Caution! Be alert for vehicles that do not stop when the bus is loading or unloading passengers.
  27. Know the danger signal. If the driver honks the horn, that means DANGER and you should look for the danger immediately.

When crossing at an intersection, check traffic in all directions. Be sure to obey traffic signals and signs. Stay in the designated crosswalk and cross the street only when it is safe to do so.


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