Wethersfield Public Schools bus routes are devised using group/cluster bus stops in order to serve multiple students at each stop on a particular road or in a certain area. This allows for effective and safe transportation in a timely fashion. While most bus stops remain over time, bus stops can change due to enrollment. Please be aware that a bus stop that existed at a certain location last school year may change for the current school year. As always, Wethersfield Public Schools is committed to providing safe, timely, cost-effective transportation for our Students.
Distance for Transportation Service
ALL KINDERGARTEN NO DISTANCE REQUIREMENT
Elementary School (Grades 1-6) Greater than 1.0 mile
Silas Deane Middle School Greater than 1.5 miles
Wethersfield High School Greater than 2.0 miles
Please refer to our Street Directory to check for transportation eligibility at all levels. There may be instances where some students living within the defined “walk zone” will be eligible for transportation due to known hazardous conditions on walking paths, bridges, waterways and over/underpasses.
Bus Routes & Stop Assignments
Wethersfield Public Schools Bus Routes utilize cluster/group stops to serve multiple students effectively in a timely and safe manner. While most bus stops remain unchanged over the years it is necessary to move and add new stops based on enrollment. Routes will be posted on our Transportation page for the upcoming school year as soon as available along with the Rare Reminder on August 25, 2022. Each route will contain the Trip #, Stop Location and pick up time. Please be aware that routes and pick up times can change over the first few weeks of school to meet the needs of incoming registrations and additional route changes. Once the routes have been completed, updated routes will be posted on our Transportation page and each school's site as well. Please note: Special Education, Outplacement and Technical routes are not posted for privacy reasons, please contact the office or use the Bus Inquiry for your pick up time and location.
Students should arrive at their bus stop Ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time and be prepared to wait ten minutes after the scheduled pick-up time. Please keep in mind that student pick up times are estimates. This window of time prior to and after allows for traffic, road conditions, weather and any unexpected delays at other stops or schools.
Students must be outside waiting for their bus or van at their assigned stop—this means no waiting in garages, at the window, on porches, inside your home/car, etc.
The Driver will continue on if the student/students are not present at their assigned stop.
The driver cannot leave the driver’s seat.
Buses can not wait at bus stops for parents so that a student can be released.
A Parent, Guardian or Authorized adult MUST BE PRESENT at the bus stop location to meet their student/student’s who are in Kindergarten or Special Services. If an authorized person/parent is not at the bus stop your child will be brought back to school. This also applies for any student who does not feel comfortable getting off alone.
Bus Stop/Route Changes
Wethersfield Public Schools Bus Routes utilize cluster/group stops to serve multiple students effectively in a timely and safe manner. While most bus stops remain unchanged over the years it is necessary to move and add new stops based on enrollment. If you have a complaint or concern regarding safety, road hazards, location of an existing bus stop or walking distance please use the Bus Stop Change/Inquiry to contact our office. When a Request is received all factors are considered before a determination is made. This includes:
Number of Stops on the route
Distance between each stop on the route
Bus stop location
Number of students at each stop and their ages.
The overall time and distance of the route
Walking distance to the bus stop.
A determination will be made in conjunction with the Transportation Provider and our Office and will be communicated in writing. The Town Engineer’s office will make all final determinations on Walking Distance Appeals that can not be resolved in this office (determined by linear ft). Please note: A request alone is not a guarantee that your stop or route will change. Bus stops are not added or changed based on weather/temperature/season and will not be considered.
Wethersfield Public Schools expects model student behavior while utilizing transportation to and from school, as transportation is a privilege. Rules and regulations set forth by the Board of Education and Transportation Company are for driver, student, staff and parent safety. If a student misbehaves on a school transportation vehicle, a Bus Conduct Report will be completed by the driver and sent to the relevant school administrator and transportation office for review and potential discipline. Parents and students should be aware that inappropriate behavior may result in suspension of transportation privileges.
Student & Parent Information/Guidelines
Please make sure a parent, guardian or authorized adult is with your student(s) when boarding the bus in the morning and afternoon.
If you have a list of adults or a babysitter who are authorized to pick up your student please submit an Authorized Persons form to keep on file. Bus Drivers do check with our Office when someone different is caring for your child.
Kindergarten students who will be transported to/from a Daycare Facility, Y Program or an Alternate Address for care, must fill out a change request with our office.
Kindergarten students whose registration is completed past the cutoff to be rostered to a stop (August 25th) may use the closest stop to their home until a bus assignment is made and the student is rostered to a bus.
Students transported are asked to behave as they would in school and be considerate of others.
Do not leave trash at the bus stop.
Follow the bus behavior rules, including no eating or drinking on school vehicles.
Remain seated, facing forward and in an upright position while on the bus.
Student’s must use their assigned bus stop. Exceptions must be made in writing using the Alternate Address/Daycare form and approved by the Transportation office.
Students are not allowed to use another bus route or bus stop to go to a friend’s house or vice versa.
Student’s carrying instruments must keep them out of the walkway of the bus and in the seat with them.
Please report lost items to your parents or teacher with your bus number as soon as possible. As soon as lost items are located, arrangements will be made to return or pick up the lost items.
Student’s can not ask the driver to stop the bus to get off for any reason.
Parents - Please instruct your child to
Wait for the bus driver to activate the red SOS lights and wait for the driver to motion them across the street, if necessary.
Wait on the sidewalk, if possible.
Wait until the bus stops before trying to board. Students must not rush onto the bus, and once on board should take their seats quickly or follow driver directions if assigned seating is in effect.
Parents may not board the bus
Parents may not utilize their own student(s) car seat or booster on the bus or van.
Parents may not ask the bus driver to drop their student off at another location other than their assigned stop.
Parents can not request the Driver to change a stop or driving directions on the route. Driver’s must drive their route as written by the routing software or bus company.
All bus stop/route changes must be board approved. Neither the Bus Driver nor Bus Company can alter a route or stop without Board Approval.
All requests for change must be in writing, verbal requests are not considered.
Alternate Bus Stops & Day care Transportation
Transportation to DayCare Providers
YMCA Program Before & After Care
Alternate Bus Stops & Addresses
Specialized Transportation (Door to Door)
Special Education : Outplaced : Pre-K
Late Opening/Early Dismissal/School Cancellation Notification
Late Bus Information
Decline or Temporary Transportation Opt-Out
Parents of New Wethersfield Students must register their student(s) prior to receiving a determination on transportation. Transportation is not arranged until a Registration Confirmation is received. Additionally, upon receipt of Registration Confirmation, regular transportation takes 5 school days to arrange and confirm and Specialized Transportation Requests can take up to ten (10) school days. For Registration Information or to start the process please click on: Student Registration or visit the WPS Home Page.