Student Transportation FAQ’s (Student Athletes)

New School Year 2020-2021

Students Safety While on the School Bus

Student Athletes noted in Red

How will physical distancing be implemented on the school bus?

Students will be assigned seats daily and consistently. Coaches will be asked to adhere to this guideline and help to create a consistent seating chart.

Will hand sanitizer be provided to students on the bus?

Parents are encouraged to provide students with hand sanitizer prior to boarding the vehicle. Student athletes can use hand sanitizer before boarding and once off of the vehicle.

Will there be a procedure for how students will get on and off of the bus?

Yes. Students will be required to enter the bus from the front and fill the rear seats first. Students will disembark the vehicle from the front of the vehicle.

Will students have to wear a mask while on the bus?

In accordance with State and City guidelines for face coverings, all passengers are required to wear face masks, covering their nose and mouth, before boarding the bus and during transport. Accommodations for students who are unable to wear face coverings should be consistent with the students’ IEP.

How often will buses be cleaned?

All district and contractor vehicles are required to be cleaned and sanitized daily and in between runs. Cleaning and sanitizing includes seats, rails and all highly touched surfaces. Notify OPT immediately if there are issues with bus cleanliness.

Who will make sure that students are safe and following guidelines while on the bus?

In addition to signage that will post the rules, all home to school transportation buses will have at least one assigned bus aide on board. For Athletic and Field trip transportation efforts, coaches and school chaperones are required to accompany students to assist with safety efforts. Coaches are expected to ride with student athletes to and from games. Non-district personal are not allowed to be transported without authorization from OPT.

What is the procedure if I have questions regarding busing?

Contact your school’s transportation liaison for guidelines, and with questions. An Office of Pupil Transportation professional can also assist with guidance. Please call 973-733-7290 for support. Please keep in mind that school buses are contracted to remain with teams throughout the duration of the game/event, unless otherwise communicated. Contact OPT immediately if there are issues.

Aid in Lieu of Transportation

Is my child eligible for Aid in Lieu of Transportation benefits if my child is learning remotely?

Only students who attend school in person will receive AIL.

For additional Aid in Lieu of Transportation information…

For additional Aid in Lieu of Transportation information, please reference the AIL FAQ’s at https://www.nps.k12.nj.us/departments/sba/operations/pupil-transportation/

New Jersey Transit Resources

Will students still receive transportation resources to use on public transportation when in person instructions resumes?

In accordance with state law, N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1, all public elementary school students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles from their school and all public secondary school students (grades 9-12) who live more than two-and-a-half miles from their school are entitled.

What is the procedure if I have questions regarding busing?
  1. Contact your school’s transportation liaison guidelines, and questions. An Office of Pupil Transportation professional can also assist with direction. Please call 973-733-7290 for support
  2. For additional information regarding New Jersey Transit commuter information, please reference https://www.nps.k12.nj.us/departments/sba/operations/pupil-transportation/

Athletic Transportation Efforts

What are the bus procedures for student athletes?

Please see Students Safety While on the School Bus for guidelines.

While virtual learning is in effect, how will students get to and from school for athletic games and practices?

Students who meet State eligibility guidelines will receive Public Transportation resources to get to and from school. School bus transportation will be provided for teams to travel accordingly.