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Rochester School Department Transportation Policy
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 office
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 bus stops.
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.
Any questions or comments regarding busing, please call
Assistant Superintendent, Sandie MacDonald, 150 Wakefield Street, Suite 8, Rochester, NH.