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
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 email@example.com
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-587-1331 EX 2.
SCHEDULE FOR PAYING STUDENTS:
-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
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
Sep 6-Dec 5
6th-12th Secondary Student
Dec 6- Mar 17
1 Elem + 1 Secondary
Mar 20-June 19
2 Elementary Students
REMINDER LETTERS WILL BE MAILED BEFORE EACH TRIMESTER