Bus registration is open for high school students in the hybrid model. You may register for the bus using the MySchoolBucks online bus registration portal at: www.myschoolbucks.com. For instructions, please read this document.New bus routes have been posted on the transportation webpage to accommodate the transition to the longer day for hybrid students on their in-person days. (until 2:00 p.m.).Bus routes for MIDDLE SCHOOL have substantially changed for the 20-21 school year. Please be sure to check your route and your bus stop as this may have changed from last year.All students who ride the bus must have a bus pass. To obtain a bus pass, please register online using our online registration process. To complete the bus application, you will be asked to include your bus stop. Don’t know your bus stop? You can find it here. Click on the name of your school to see the list of stops. Then, choose the stop that is closest to your residence.
For those who have registered, payment information, including invoices, payment plan options and financial aid will be provided shortly. Please watch your email.
If you have questions please contact us at email@example.com or call 617-559-9051.
Bus Pass Information for 2020-21 School Year
√ Bus passes WILL NOT be mailed. They will be posted to your Aspen account. Instructions for downloading the pass are below.
√ Students MUST have their bus pass with them to board the bus.
√ The bus pass will include a seat assignment. The seat assignment will be printed on the bus pass. Students must sit in their assigned seat.
√ Siblings will be assigned to the same seat. This means that they will sit on one bench that contains two seats.
√ If you do not have a bus pass, you MAY NOT ride the bus. Please do not attempt to board the bus without a bus pass. There will not be a seat for your child.
√ If your bus pass has not been posted to your Aspen account, please contact our transportation department immediately at 617-559-9051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
√ If you do not have a bus pass on Monday morning, please drive your student to school and call our transportation department to determine how to access your pass.
√ Bus route information can be found on our website: www.newton.k12.ma.us/transportation
Instructions for Downloading Bus Pass from Aspen
1) Log into Aspen : https://aspen.newton.k12.ma.us/
2) Click on Family Tab at the top
3) Click on Child's Name
4) Click on Documents Side Tab
5) Look for and download Bus Pass 2020-2021 document
For instructions on logging into Aspen, click here.
DESE released information relative to transportation on July 22, 2020. Follow this link to read the guidance provided. Highlights of this guidance from DESE and recommendations from the Operations Working Group include:
All drivers, staff and students on the bus, regardless of age, are required to wear masks at all times. Exemptions for students due to medical and/or behavioral reasons and associated protocols are further described later in this guidance.
NPS contracted buses seat up to 77 passengers. These requirements allow for a maximum capacity of 25 passengers (excluding students who could sit together from the same household.) This reduces bus capacity to approximately ⅓ (approximately 32 percent) of typical ridership. Per DESE guidelines, students should be seated no more than one student per bench, alternating sides for each row, This allows students to maintain approximately 3 feet of physical distance. Children from the same household may sit together and in closer proximity (e.g., two students per bench).
Keep windows open at all times during operation, unless not possible due to extreme weather conditions.
Buses will be sprayed with fast drying tested and approved disinfectant twice a day, after the last morning run and again after the last afternoon run.
Signs to be developed and posted in all buses with reminders of all protocols.
While students will be provided the option to take their grab and go meal with them at dismissal, eating will not be permitted on the buses.
Special Education Transportation
NPS in collaboration with DESE, the Newton Health and Human Services Department, Newton’s legal department and the Massachusetts Association of Pupil Transportation have worked diligently to develop a set of protocols for special education van transportation for both in and out of the district. This Initial NPS Transportation Guide has many similarities to the yellow bus protocols listed above with some minor modifications.
Follow this link for the Newton Public Schools detailed transportation protocol.