In-Person Learning - Transportation

Transportation Update

The Belmont Public Schools “Return to In-person Learning” transportation is in place for those students who have registered. A few key reminders for all parents and students:

  • All students must wear masks at the bus stop and for the duration of their ride to and from school each day. Masks may not be removed on the school bus.
  • All windows will remain open at least two inches per the updated DESE guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided by parents as the drivers will not have a supply to distribute to students.
  • Students are to sit in their assigned seats per the updated DESE guidelines.
  • Any student with an allergy requiring an Epi-pen should sit as close to the front of the bus as possible. In the event of an emergency, this will facilitate the quickest emergency response.

We encourage parents to share this information with their children before school begins on Monday, April 5th in an effort to make them more comfortable with riding the bus to and from school for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Transportation Safety

Ensuring the safety of all students remains a priority as we return to in-person learning on Monday, April 5th. Please view the updated DESE Transportation Guidelines issued in February 2021 to familiarize yourself and your child with the busing and safety protocols set forth as we enter the in-person learning environment.  

Fees & Payments

Beginning in June, the Business Office will no longer accept walk-in payments. All payments must be made online, via regular mail, or dropped in our mail slot at 644 Pleasant Street in consideration of the payment due dates, which are:

Semester 1:     Payment due upon registration in June, 2021
Semester 2:     Payment due on or before February 1st. 

Payments must be received by the prescribed dates in order for students to maintain their ridership. Waitlisted students will be given consideration in the absence of on-time payments. If you require a fee waiver, please do not make a payment. Instead, view the Fee Waiver instructions here.

 

Bus Pass Protocol – Updated for 2020-2021 and Beyond

Given the overwhelming number of requests for busing at the middle school level, the following rules will be enforced as a measure of fairness as well as for the safety of every student: 

  • The bus drivers will be checking bus passes daily. All students must be in possession of their passes every day, and be able to show them before boarding the afternoon bus.
  • Daily PM Bus Pass Checks - Any Chenery or Belmont High School student who rides the AM/PM or PM only bus will need to show their pass prior to boarding. Any student who does not have their pass will not be permitted to ride the bus that afternoon. 
  • If students are found riding the bus at any time other than that which is designated on their pass, or any bus other than that which corresponds to their registration, students will not be allowed to ride the bus at that time. Students’ names will be given to the Business Office and the Chenery Main Office for further corrective action and notification of parents.  
  • If a student loses their bus pass, please notify the Business Office (busing@belmont.k12.ma.us) for a replacement. Students who have lost a pass and do not request a replacement will not be permitted to ride the bus until a replacement pass has been issued and received by the student. 

As a reminder, no student may ride the bus at any time if they are not registered with an issued bus pass.

For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page.