Supervisor of Pupil Transportation
CRSD Transportation Department
First Student Inc.
Department Phone: 215-944-1010
Newtown Terminal Phone: 267-757-0413
District Main Phone: 215-944-1000
Wrightstown Terminal Phone: 215-598-9976
Hours: 6:00 AM – 4: 30 PM
Hours : 5:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Email : email@example.com
Our mission is to provide safe and efficient transportation for all of the students of the Council Rock School District.
Every day, the Council Rock School District:
Every Year, Council Rock School District vehicles travel 2.6 million miles, or around the earth over 200 times.
All school bus drivers are governed by the regulations of the U. S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation. To become a school bus driver one must hold a CDL license with a passenger endorsement and pass a physical examination. Then the driver must take a 20 hour course which includes a minimum of 14 hours in the class room and 6 hours behind the wheel of a bus. Once a state examiner passes the driver, he/she receives a school bus endorsement to their CDL license. Thereafter the driver must annually pass a U. S. Department of Transportation physical exam and every four years be recertified by taking a 10 hour course with a minimum of 3 hours on the road.
Additionally every quarter (3 months) 25% of all the drivers employed by Council Rock or its contractor are selected at random for a drug and alcohol test. This test is conducted without warning by federally licensed laboratories and the drivers are selected at random by a computer program. Any driver who tests positive for a controlled substance fails the test and loses their school bus endorsement and is terminated. Any driver who tests 0.2 for alcohol (which is 4 times tougher than the level for the general public) also loses their school bus endorsement. Failure to take the test when and at the time notified is considered a failed test and the driver loses their school bus endorsement. All drivers must receive a clean FBI finger print criminal history check and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearance.
All school buses are inspected twice a year and additionally are inspected annually every Summer by the Pennsylvania State Police. The state police also conduct unannounced roadside inspections. These are generally conducted at elementary schools after the students have been discharged. Additionally our contractor inspects all buses every 5,000 miles when they are brought in for routine maintenance.
Welcome to Home Page – Facts and Figures About Transportation
Public School Student
Non Public School Students
Special Education Students
Proof of Residency
Kindergarten Transportation Guidelines
Day Care Transportation
Bus Routes and Stop Assignments
Distances from Bus Stops & Schools
Length of Ride Time
Requests for Changes to Bus Stops
Notification of Bus Assignments and Stop Times
Late Activity Buses
Student Activity / Field Trips / Athletic Team Trips
Bus Safety Rules & Regulations
Carry – on Policies
Lost & Found
Daycare Transportation Request
Request for Change in Transportation or Bus Stop
Council Rock Transportation Policies and Guide Lines
Bus transportation is provided under law to only those students who are residents of the Council Rock School District. Non resident students may not ride a Council Rock school bus
Transportation services to and from school are provided for students in grades K – 6 who live more than 1.5 miles from their school . Students in grade 7 -12 are provided transportation if they live more than 2.0 miles from their school. In addition, transportation is provided to those students who live closer than the 1.5 and 2.0 miles stipulated above if they must walk along or cross a roadway that has been designated a hazardous walk zone or roadway by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Non Public Schools:
The Pennsylvania School Code also requires school districts to transport their resident non public students (who live more than the 1.5 and 2.0 miles from their school) to the schools of their choice that are within 10 miles of the school district's boundary provided that the schools are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit school with a 501( c ) certificate.
Special Education Schools:
Students with an IEP, whose tuition is paid by the Council Rock SD, are provided transportation to the school of placement regardless of the distance from the school district's boundary.
Proof of Residency:
Non Public school students prior to being assigned transportation must prove residency by providing the transportation department with 4 different proofs of residency in the district. All public school students must be duly registered and if changing address must also show proof of their new residency prior to receiving bus assignments. The owning of property within the Council Rock School District and the payment of property taxes does not automatically fulfill the residency clause as stated in the Pennsylvania School Code.
Council Rock SD is required by law to provide transportation in accordance with the officially adopted school calendar of all non public and charter schools regardless whether or not Council Rock is open or closed. The only exceptions are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Christmas.
In addition each school district is allowed to choose 5 “local” holidays. These generally are Thanksgiving Day and the day after and Good Friday. Each non public & charter school is notified by May of the dates Council Rock SD will not provide transportation during the next school year.
The Pennsylvania School Code requires school districts to provide “like” services. Since CR has 5 early dismissal days, it will honor and provide transportation to non public schools on 5 days. These days are chosen by the non public school prior to the start of the school year. All early dismissals on the official calendar of special education schools are required by law to be honored.
Council Rock's early dismissal times are as follows:
On CR early dismissal days there is no kindergarten transportation. Kindergarten students will ride the regular afternoon buses home.
The Council Rock SD recognizes only one residence as the official residence of a student and will transport a student to and from that residence only, except elementary students attending day care. (See Day Care).
Council Rock will only transport a student to the official address of the student. If a student alternates living with their parents, it is the responsibility of the parents to arrange for the movement between residencies. The school bus will pick up and drop off students only at the official residence. In the case where a student may attend a before or after school program, Council Rock will provide transportation to or from that site based on the Day Care Transportation Policy.
What was once a nice thing to do; i.e. take children of divorced or separated parents to the mother's home on some days and on other days to the father's residence became a nightmare to track. In addition the change of a pick up or drop off location some times altered the route schedule by as much as 10-15 minutes. This time variation causes great anxiety to the parents of other student riders and results in numerous, frantic phone calls to the transportation office. This policy also prevents students from arriving at a home, only to find no one there because it was the “wrong” day.
All students will be placed in either AM or PM sessions in accordance to where the student resides. From year to year the boundaries may change slightly to even out the number of students in the AM/PM classes. If a parent requests a change from the session to which their child has been assigned and the school's principal grants the request, then the parent is responsible for the mid-day transportation. If you plan to use a day care facility or care giver, please fill out the Day Care Transportation Request Form and submit it to your school office prior to the start of the school year. Once school has started the forms should be submitted to the transportation office. Buses will not drop off a kindergarten student if a parent or previously designated adult is not at the stop to receive the student. (An exception is if a student has an older sibling also getting off the bus at the same time. If there is no one at the stop to receive your child, the bus will continue on its route dropping off the remaining students. It will stop back and if there still is no one at the stop, the bus will return your child to his/her school. Repeated lateness to a bus stop may result in the revocation of bus privileges. For safety reasons, students are permitted to ride only the bus to which they are assigned and are only allowed to get on or off the bus at the stop to which they are assigned. Requests for permanent changes to the bus schedule or stops, must be in writing and submitted to the Transportation Department. In cases of an emergency contact your school office for a temporary bus pass. On early dismissal days there is no mid-day kindergarten buses. The student will ride home on the regular afternoon bus for their neighborhood. On days that snow causes a 2 hour delayed opening, there is no AM kindergarten. PM will have normal transportation.
Council Rock will transport a student to or from a day care facility or day care provider under the following rules:
To arrange for transportation to or from a day care facility or care giver please use the Day Care Transportation Request Form. See paragraph 19 for link to forms.
Request for a change in transportation will become effective only after adequate time has been given to make the changes and properly notify all persons concerned. (48-72 hours) Telephone requests for permanent changes will not be accepted. Notes requesting changes signed by parents will not be accepted by bus drivers. Any change in the case of emergencies shall be made through the school principal who will issue a temporary bus pass.
CR transports over 28,000 students each day on approximately 150 buses to over 125 different schools. In the course of a year the buses travel over 2.6 million miles and use over 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The 150 buses run nearly 1,000 separate trips each day and all must be integrated in the same fashion as the air lines run connecting flights. We route school buses in the most efficient manner consistent with State law and School Board policies and guidelines regarding the establishment of safe school bus stops. Bus stop locations are established with safety the main criteria. There are often conflicting issues involving bus stop locations such as time ( a very limited commodity ), door side pick ups and distance. Some, but not all, of the factors in determining a bus stop are:
House Stops – School Board Policy #810 bans “house stops” except for students whose IEP requires one, for validated medical reasons of the student or where Penn Dot has certified the road to be hazardous to walk or cross over.
Hazardous Routes – Only the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can certify a road as hazardous. Even if designated a hazardous road the law permits students to walk up to 500 feet in some circumstances to reach a bus stop.
Distances from Bus Stop or School – School Board Policy #810 permits a secondary student to walk 1.0 miles to a bus stop or school. The same policy permits elementary students to walk 0.5 miles. Both distances are 1 mile less than the state law permits.
Length of Ride (Time on Bus) – There are no time limits set by the Pennsylvania Department Education on the length of a bus ride. Council Rock School Board Policy #810 sets a limit of 75 minutes within the district boundaries. Any time outside the district is considered additional allowable time.
Stop Locations – We try to centrally locate all stops for the students assigned. Elementary stops may be within the neighborhoods. Middle School students are expected to walk farther and high school stops are almost never in the neighborhood, but out at main roads.
Mirror Stops – School Board Policy #810 states that where possible all stops for private, public and parochial students should be at the same location.
All request for change MUST be in writing and be sent to the transportation department for review and approval/denial. (Click here for Transportation Change Request Form) All changes must be approved by the supervisor of pupil transportation or his/her designee. School bus drivers are NOT permitted to change stop locations without written approval from the District. Drivers who stop at locations other than those officially listed are in violation of school board policy and the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code. Disciplinary action will be taken against drivers who violate this policy. We can not move a stop if there are multiple students at the stop. Stops are created and are set to be central to all who use it. Nor may stops be moved if it causes an increase in the run time for the bus. We have a very limited amount of time to complete a run and get to the next school on time. Each time a bus stops it adds 30 – 60 seconds to the run time. Changes to bus routes and stops take as much as 72 hours to be effective as every student on that particular run must be notified of times changes.
Public School Students:
Non-Public School Students:
If Council Rock School District is closed, has a delayed opening or an early dismissal because of snow the information is disseminated via commercial radio, TV, the Council Rock Web Page (CRSD.org), the Council Rock television channel 28 and if your student is a Council Rock student via an automated telephone network. Since all Council Rock school buses take students to 2, 3 or even 4 schools (all with varying bell times) every morning and afternoon, it is impossible for them to alter their schedules. Therefore the following rules apply to bus service supplied by Council Rock.
Council Rock provides busing for class trips, community based instruction and athletic team trips. All trips have administrative regulations that govern their appropriateness and where the funds to cover the costs are generated.
At no time may a bus leave without appropriate supervision of a teacher or coach.
Waiting for Bus
Riding the Bus
Exiting the bus
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation mandates that the interior of a school bus must be free of any objects that could cause injury. All objects must be secured and the aisles, emergency exits and the driver's compartment must be free and clear of any object.
The follo, wing rules must be adhered to at all times – NO Exceptions.
The school bus is considered district property and all school board policies and administrative regulations are in force. The bus driver is responsible for all actions on the bus and may issue a disciplinary form to the student who must take it to the principal for corrective action. No student, issued a disciplinary slip, may board the bus without the signature of the principal. Please remember a distracted driver is not a safe driver. Transportation is not a right, but a privilege and continued mis-behavior may result in the loss of this privilege.
Students are not allowed to board or get off a bus other than at their officially assigned stop in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations. In the case of an emergency you must contact either your school office or the transportation department and a bus pass will be issued for your student to give to the bus driver. The passes are valid for one day only and will not be issued for things like “play dates.”
If you think your student has left something on the bus, please call First Student's dispatcher at 267-757=0413. Each bus driver is required to “walk” the bus after each run to primarily to make sure there are no sleeping children. If they find an article of clothing or a personal item of a student they will turn it into their dispatcher.