ROCHESTER SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
| Elementary students are assigned to schools based on an East/West dividing
line. This line follows Route 108 through Main Street to Route 11 North.
The four schools on the West Side of town include, Gonic, McClelland,
Maple and Allen Schools. The East Side schools are East Rochester, The
Nancy Loud, School Street and Chamberlain Street Schools. Students will
be assigned based on home residence, classroom sizes, and bus routes.
1. Pupils in grades 1, 2, and 3 may be required to walk one mile to
school, or to a school bus stop.
2. Pupils in grades 4 and 5 may be required to walk one and a half
miles to school, or to a school bus stop.
3. Only pupils covered under the above regulations are eligible to
ride a school bus.
4. Special permits may be issued on a temporary basis.
5. The privilege for a child to ride a school bus may be revoked
for unsatisfactory conduct on a bus.
|If you need to request a school bus change, please contact
the Superintendent's office, 332-3678. Please allow more than one
day notice, and understand that most requests cannot be honored
because of School Board policy and bus capacities. Sending a note
into the school will not replace the need contact the Superintendent's
OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL BUS SYSTEM
A. Bus routes shall be established by the Assistant Superintendent,
subject to review by the Rochester School Board Special Services Committee.
Routes will be over the most direct roads possible for bus travel
to serve those entitled to transportation service. Routes will be
designed to employ as nearly as possible the full carrying capacity
of each bus trip. New routes will be established only when full capacity
of the trips on existing routes have been reached or is imminent.
B. School schedules may be adjusted to allow maximum utilization
of each bus in the system by alternating elementary and high school
trips with the same fleet of buses. Private school trips will be integrated
with public school trips where possible.
C. Bus stops shall be established under the direction of the Assistant
Superintendent in cooperation with the operator of the bus system.
A bus stop so established will be designated as authorized when the
School Board has approved its designation as such. The operator may
not permit his drivers to load or unload pupils at other than authorized
D. Authorized bus stops shall be located at convenient intervals
in places where pupils may be loaded/unloaded, cross highways and
await arrivals of buses with the utmost safety permitted by highway
conditions. The number of bus stops on each trip shall be limited,
consistent with the policy stated as to service, so as to enable buses
to maintain a reasonable average speed.
|IMPORTANT: Any questions or comments regarding bussing,
please call Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Mary Moriarty, 150 Wakefield Street, Suite 8, 332-3678 or Student Transportation
of America at 509-2904.
SCHOOL BUS RULES
1. Students are NOT permitted to smoke on any school bus at any time.
This includes all charter trips.
2. Students are NOT permitted to use any profane language. Obscene
gestures, excessive noise, fighting, wrestling, or acts of physical
aggression will not be tolerated.
3. Students MUST keep head, hands, feet, etc. inside the school bus
at all times.
4. Once a student has boarded the bus, he/she may not get off except
at his/her destination.
5. Students may ride only on the bus to which they have been assigned.
6. Students must be seated and are not permitted to change seats when
the bus is in motion, or to annoy other riders on the bus.
7. Students MUST stay in their seat until the student has reached
their designated stop, AND the bus has come to a complete stop. Emergency
doors are for emergencies only.
8. Students need to take a seat promptly when getting on the bus.
9. The law allows and students are expected to sit 3 passengers per
10. Students are NOT permitted to eat food or drink beverages on the
11. Students are NOT permitted to mark up or deface the bus in any
12. Students and their parents will be held responsible for any and
all damage to the bus.
13. Students may NOT throw things in the bus, at the bus, or out of
14. Students must always cross the street in front of the bus.
15. Students must be at their bus stop before the bus arrives. The
driver will not wait at the bus stop for students who are not at the
16. The driver is authorized to assign seats to any student at any
17. Anything that would create a safety hazard for the passengers,
or the vehicle, will not be permitted.
18. The school bus driver is in complete charge of the school bus
and the students must follow the directions given by the driver.
19. Only authorized riders will be permitted on the buses.
20. Students walking on the roadway to a bus stop should always walk
on the left of the roadway on the shoulder of the road facing traffic
and shall not run alongside the bus when it is moving.
21. Where a bus travels both ways on any given road, pick-ups will
be made on both sides of the road. If the bus travels only one way
on a road, pupils will wait on their own side of the road until the
bus comes to a complete stop. At that time, the pupils will cross
in front of the bus while the red flashing lights are blinking.
22. Students crossing the roadway to board a bus shall walk, not run.
23. Students shall not place lunch boxes or other objects in the aisle
of the bus.
24. There will be no liquor or drugs of any kind on the bus.
25. There shall be no throwing of snowballs or other objects at school
buses at any time.
26. No student shall be put off the school bus while traveling to
and from school. Parents shall be notified and the daily trip completed
before the student can be removed from the transportation service.
27. The school bus is an extension of the school, and all school rules
and regulations which pertain to student conduct in the schools are
applicable to student conduct on a school bus.
28. Failure to abide by these rules will mean:
A. A written warning notice will be issued by the school bus driver
to the student and the student's parents with a copy for:
a. The School Bus company;
b. The School Principal;
c. The Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
B. The School Principal will have a conference with the student.
C. The Assistant Superintendent will verify that the parents received
the written warning notice and will seek parent support for student
Further rule violations may mean:
D. A personal conference with the student, parent, School
Principal, and Assistant Superintendent.
E. Suspension from riding the school bus: The Assistant Superintendent
will make the decision to suspend a student from riding on
the school bus (N. H. - R.S.A. 189:9-a) based upon the recommendations
received from the School Bus Driver, School Bus Company, School
Principal, and/or others close to the situation. The suspension
will be for a period of time appropriate for the rule violation
with consideration being given to the circumstances of each
individual student. Suspensions may be for one day, two days,
or up to twenty days. Suspensions beyond twenty days must
be by School Board action.
For severe rule violations:
F. The Assistant Superintendent may immediately suspend a
student from riding on the school bus.
G. Referral to the School Board Discipline Committee:
May be made for recommendations to the full School Board for
extended suspension, or expulsion from riding on the school
H. Referral to the School Board:
Referrals to the full School Board shall come through the
School Board Discipline Committee and may be made for action
on recommendations of extended suspension, or expulsion from
riding on the school bus.