The bus application process is moving online! Registration is now open! Follow the link below to register your student (s) for the bus.
Follow this link for instructions once you log into our online registration portal.
Special Education Van Transportation: if your child receives van transportation in district or to an out of district private school, you do not need to register your student for the bus.
Prior to school closure in March, NPS began the process of moving our bus registration process online for the 2020-21 school year. Given the school closure and the social distancing measures in place, it has become even more critical for us to move forward with this change.
The primary goals of the new process are:
- Streamline registration process for families and reduce paperwork/mailings.
- Ensure receipt of bus pass prior to the start of school.
- Focus on bus route efficiencies and reduction of overcrowding in August, rather than processing of paper applications.
Here are the key change to the process you need to know:
- Registration for a bus pass will be online ONLY.
- You will find the registration link here.
- Paper packets WILL NOT be mailed in the summer.
- You will access your bus pass electronically through Aspen so that it can be printed at home or stored on a smartphone (for secondary students.)
- You need to register for a bus pass by July 15th.
- The purpose of registering by July 15th is to allow for better planning and to reduce influx of registrations in August.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of schools, we will NOT be collecting any payment for bus registration at this time. When we have more certainty about the opening of school, we will provide payment information, including invoices, payment plan options and financial aid.
The Newton Public Schools transportation department is committed to ensuring students are transported safely to and from school. Whether students ride the bus, bike, or walk, students should be safe and well cared for as they travel to and from school.
The NPS transportation system is complex as there are local, state, and federal regulations with which we must comply. On this website, you will find answers to the following important questions:
- What are the transportation options for my child to get to and from school?
- What are the key pieces of information I need to know before I begin the bus transportation application process?
- What is the cost for my child to use the NPS bus transportation system?
- What is the timeline for applications, payments, and bus pass receipt?
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our transportation department at the phone or emails listed on the right side of this page.
Students in the Newton Public Schools typically arrive at school in one of three ways – walk, bike, or bus. In addition, some families choose to drive students to school. For more information on walking and biking to school, please visit this section. If your student will ride the bus, use the online link to register (live on June 15, 2020) and visit our bus fee section for more information.
ALL students who ride the bus MUST have a bus pass. The bus pass allows NPS to track bus ridership to ensure adequate space at each stop and on each bus.
Before you begin the bus application process, it is helpful to determine the distance from your residence to your assigned school. Please follow the link below to determine your distance:
A special note for our elementary students: Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade must be met at the bus stop by a responsible adult. For more information, please find the procedure here.
Fees and Payment
2020-21 bus fees in the Newton Public Schools are as follows:
- Kindergarten: 5th grade – No fee
- 6th grade: See fee structure below*
- 7th – 12th grade: $350/student. Family Cap = $700
*Due to state law, our 6th grade students pay as follows: If you reside LESS than 2 miles from the school, you pay the fee of $350. If you reside MORE than 2 miles from the school, you do NOT pay a fee. To determine your distance from the school, please follow this link.
Families may apply for a fee waiver based on financial hardship so that no student is denied bus transportation. To apply, please fill out the financial assistance application within the online bus application process.
617-559-9051Newton Public SchoolsTransportation Office, Room 206100 Walnut StreetNewtonville, MA 02460