Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools

 

Transportation

Welcome!

The Newton Falls School District is pleased to be transporting your child(ren) to and from school this year. We are very proud of the safety record of the Transportation Department and the professionalism of the transportation staff and drivers.

Safety comes first in our daily operations so it is important that bus drivers do not have any excessive distractions to work around. I would like to ask you to review the following rules with your student(s) if they will be utilizing School Bus Transportation so we can continue our record.

Should you have any concerns regarding the transportation operation, feel free to call Terri Pigg, Transportation Supervisor at 330-872-7295.

Please help your child learn the bus number of his or her bus.

Transportation Variation Request

An application must be filled out and submitted to the Transportation Office for approval and processing if your child is to be picked up or dropped off PERMANENTLY at an address other than their legal residence within the Newton Falls School District. Please allow THREE (3)** school days to process the request from the time it is received by the Transportation Office. Availability of seats is on a first come, first served basis. The student will be transported to and from their alternate bus stop and/or home once this form is approved and processed. Please note that the student may be required to walk to a collection point. You MUST notify the Transportation Office at least TWO (2)** days in advance to cancel this alternative transportation schedule. Your student will go back to being transported solely to and from home and school. The application is only good for the present school year. PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR, THE VARIATIONS WILL ONLY BE DONE ON A WEEKLY BASIS. The application form may be obtained at the Transportation Office or Click here to view the form (**EXCEPT IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS)

Student Transportation Rules

Students being transported are under the authority of the school bus driver and of the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District. To promote student safety and well being, the following rules need to be followed:

  • Students are to sit only in their assigned seat.
  • Students must only ride the bus to which they are assigned and only to/from their designated bus stop.
  • No eating or drinking on the bus. (Medical reasons are permitted with a doctor’s request)
  • No electronic devices.
  • No Pokémon or similar trading cards.
  • Be at the bus stop and be ready for pick-up at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stand at a safe distance, away from the curb or highway, and line up single file, facing the street when the bus approaches. (This is called a Place of Safety which by Ohio Law will be designated by the school bus driver.)
  • If you cross the street to board the bus, wait for the driver to give you the signal to cross the street when it is safe. Be sure to walk in front of the bus and at least ten feet away from it.
  • Obey the driver's instructions and directions.
  • Always use steps and handrails. Never crowd or push when getting on or off the bus.
  • Always remain properly seated (inside the safety barrier) at all times while the bus is moving. Keep your seat on the seat, your back to the back of the seat, your feet on the floor, and your hands in your lap.
  • Never stand except to exit the bus at your designated bus stop. Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Never throw anything on the bus or out of the bus window, or extend hands, arms, head, or objects through bus windows.
  • Talk in normal tones; screaming and yelling are prohibited. No obscene, foul language or gestures will be tolerated. Students must remain silent at Rail Road Crossings.
  • Any behavior that jeopardizes the safety of the passengers or driver is prohibited. (ie. use of drugs, alcohol, exiting rear door, inflicting bodily harm, vandalism, littering)

Remember that riding a Newton Falls School Bus is a privilege and should be treated as such. Bus rules are for the safety of all those who ride the bus. Students who refuse to obey the rules will forfeit their privilege to ride the school bus.

Bus Disciplinary Action

Parental assistance in discussing appropriate and safe behaviors is appreciated. Unfortunately, failure to behave appropriately can result in loss of school bus privileges. The School Bus driver is instructed to discipline the behavior, not the student. We use a progressive disciplining system. *For significant or recurring problems, the disciplinary procedure will be as follows:

  1. Student is requested by driver to comply with the rules.
  2. Student and driver discuss the problem.
  3. Driver reports misbehavior to the principal, and the principal takes one of the following actions:
  • Principal and student discuss the problem and develop a plan to correct the behavior.
  • The principal notifies the parents of the problem and of the possibility of forfeiting bus privilege.
  • Student loses bus privileges for a specified number of days.
  • Student forfeits bus privileges for the remainder of the school year.

*In cases of disciplinary action parents/guardians are urged to both appreciate the action taken by the driver and to cooperate with the corrective action initiated by the administration.

Transportation Mission Statement

The Transportation Department's support role in the school district is to provide safe, comfortable, reliable, and timely student transportation to school, home from school, and to extra-curricular events. It is the primary goal of the school bus driver to provide a transportation environment in which students, staff, and parents feel secure. For those students who ride the bus, the driver and the bus are the first contact with the school district and can set the tone for the school day. This first contact should be a positive experience for both the student and the driver.

Safety Procedures

The Newton Falls School District is pleased to be transporting your child(ren) to and from school this year. I am very proud of the safety record of my department and the professionalism of my transportation staff and drivers.Please help to ensure your child’s safety by following these simple but important procedures:

  • Please provide your child with a backpack or a book bag. Loose papers or other items can be dangerous as your child gets on and off the bus.
  • Check your child's clothing for the presence of long drawstrings or other dangling items;these items could get snagged in the bus door or on the handrail as your child gets on or off the bus. These items should be removed from clothing. To make your child more visible at the bus stop please have them wear bright colored clothing and consider purchasing backpacks with reflective material.
  • Make sure your child arrives at their assigned bus stop at least five minutes before their scheduled pick-up time each day. Children who are late for the bus may panic and run after the bus or run into the roadway.
  • Remind your child to wait for the bus safely, in an orderly fashion, and to stand back and away from the roadway. Behavior problems at the bus stop can create hazardous conditions for themselves and others.
  • When the bus arrives and STOPS with red lights flashing, stop sign out, and door fully open, your child MUST wait for the bus driver's hand signal before boarding the bus. This is mandated by law for children who cross the street to board the bus and for those who board the bus on their residence side of the roadway. Children need to board the bus in a single file line, quickly, cautiously, and in an orderly fashion.
  • Teach your child to sit quietly on the ride to and from school. Behavior problems could distract the bus driver and can result in a traffic accident.

It is important that my drivers are able to concentrate on driving the route safely. Remember, my drivers are on a time schedule, so any concerns need to be addressed to myself at the Transportation Office rather than trying to discuss it with the bus driver at the bus stop. If anything makes your child feel unsafe at the bus stop or on the bus ride, please contact me immediately.I am deeply committed to the safety of your child(ren).
Thank you in advance for all of your help this year,
Steve Maas, Transportation Supervisor

Pickup and Drop Off Instructions

The Pickup Cross Over and Drop Off Cross Over Instructions forms are information for parents and students alike so that they may become familiar with the correct way to cross the street within the state laws of Ohio and to board and deboard the bus.

Click here to view the Pickup Cross Over Form

Click here to view the Drop Off Cross Over Form

FAQ

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation Supervisor:
Mrs. Terri Pigg
piggt@nfschools.org


Address:
Middle School
905 Milton Blvd.
Newton Falls, Ohio 44444
Phone: 330-872-7295

Copyright © 2017, Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools - all rights reserved
Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools
909 1/2 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, Ohio 44444
Superintendent's Office: 330-872-5445