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School Buses Yellow school buses have flashing red lights and stop signs that fold out from the driver’s side. School pupil transport vehicles, like vans, station wagons, or family sedans, have flashing red lights and SCHOOL BUS signs on top. Drivers use these warning signals when letting pupils on and off. If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle has its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop. It is the law. It does not matter which side of the road you are traveling on. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds back. A first violation of this law can cause a license suspension and a $250 fine. Even after the warning signals have stopped, you should proceed slowly and continue to look for children. The only exception to this law is if a school bus has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a barrier between travel directions. In this case, you do not have to stop.

 Joy Winnie, CDPT-SNT,   Transportation Supervisor
 212 Main Street, Room 200
 Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 587-1331 Ex 2  
  Eligibility for free transportation is limited to:
  • Students who are eligible for free or reduce lunch and have met the mileage requirement must fill out the application and a sharing of information form and return it by the deadline.

  • Students who have an Individual Educational Plan with transportation as a related service must fill out an application and return it by the deadline. 

  • Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade who live two (2) miles or more from their district school will be transported for free. Students must fill out an application form and return it by the deadline.

    Students, who were eligible for free or reduced lunch last school year, must fill out and return the FY16 Federal Food application and sharing of information form by October 1, 2016. Failure to do so could result in your student being required to pay for a bus pass or denied transportation.

    Eligibility to receive or purchase a bus pass for transportation is extended to:


  • Student who are in K - 6th and live over 2 miles to their districted schools will be transported for free when a bus pass is applied for.

    • Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5) who live one and a half (1.5) miles to less than two (2) miles from their district school are eligible to purchase a pass.
    • Elementary (K-5) students who live on streets under the one and one half (1.5) miles that the School Department and the Police Department have designated as hazardous will be allowed to apply for and purchase a bus pass.  Please call the Transportation Supervisor at 587-1337 for the streets designated hazardous.
    • Students 7th - 12th who live 1.5 or more from their school can purchase a pass.
    • Once all eligible students have been accommodated, students in grades 6 through 12, who live less than 1.5 miles from their school, may be eligible to purchase a pass, provided there are seats available and additional bus stops are not required.
  • Students who are eligible to receive the Federal food lunch program and are eligible for transportation under the mileage requirements will receive a free bus pass when applied for.

  • How is mileage determined?

    Mileage is determined from the front of the student’s residence, using the shortest route, to the front of the student’s school.

    Who is not eligible to ride the buses?

    Elementary students who participate in the intra-city School Choice Program are not eligible for transportation. School Choice families are those who have chosen an elementary school other than their district school and have agreed to provide their child’s transportation.

    What do parents / guardians need to do so their child can ride the bus?

  • Parents/Guardians need fill out the transportation application completely and mail to the Superintendent’s Office by August 17, 2016 to avoid the $25.00 late fee.

  • All checks and money orders are to be made out to: “Northampton Public Schools”

  • No cash or credit cards are accepted. There is a $25.00 fee for returned checks.

  • Payment may be made in full or in three payments for bus passes

  • When a pass is lost there is a $5.00 fee for a replacement pass.

  • Fees are non-refundable

  • Please include a self addressed stamped envelope if you want the bus pass mailed to you Passes will be mailed starting August 25th.  Passes may be picked up  in the Superintendent's office located at 212 Main (Puchalski Building) located behind City Hall Street 2nd floor between the hours of 8:30-4:30

    Mail to: Northampton Public Schools 212 Main Street RM 200

    Northampton, MA 01060

    Attn: Transportation Supervisor

    For any other questions please refer to the Northampton Public Schools Transportation Policy. Copies are available in the Superintendent’s Office, your district school, and on our website: www.northampton-
    You may also call or email Joy Winnie, at or call 413-587-1331 EX 2. 



    -FREE to students in K-6 who live  over 2 miles from assigned school with an application.

    -PAY FEE* for students in K-6 who live 1.5-1.99 miles from assigned school

     -PAY FEE* for all students in 7th-12th grade who live 1.5 or more miles from school

    No passes will be issued without an application submitted to transportation.

    Fee is waived for eligible student who qualify for the Federal food lunch program and who meet mileage requirements.






    K-5th Elementary Student



    1st:  Sep 6-Dec 5

    6th-12th Secondary Student



    2nd:  Dec 6- Mar 17

    1 Elem + 1 Secondary



    3rd:  Mar 20-June 19

    2 Elementary Students




    2 Secondary Students



    3 or more students (K-12)



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