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WPS Transportation Policy

General Policy

Unless a student is eligible for transportation provided by the Wellesley Public Schools, the transportation of a student to and from the student’s school program is the responsibility of the parents of the student, or, if the student is over 18, of the student.

The Wellesley Public Schools shall provide the following transportation:

  1. transportation to the regular day school programs maintained by the Wellesley Public Schools;
  2. transportation to the regular day school programs maintained by other schools within the community;
  3. transportation to special needs programs as specified in the student’s Individual Education Plan; and
  4. transportation to vocational programs when the student’s enrollment has been approved by the School Committee.

Safety Procedures

During breakdown of a bus, children should not leave the bus and proceed on foot unless the driver feels it is safe to do so.

Seat Belts

The Wellesley School Committee has had seat belts installed on Town-leased school buses in regular service by the Town’s school bus contractor for those students who choose to use seat belts. A student’s use of seat belts is neither guaranteed nor compulsory. Seat belt use is encouraged.

Busing Eligibility

Regular Day Programs in Wellesley Public Schools
For Wellesley residents, transportation shall be provided for students in Grades K-6 to and from the regular day programs of the Wellesley Public Schools. Such student shall live more than 2 miles from the school serving his/her home. Transportation shall not be provided to the elementary students attending a school as open enrolled.

Wellesley Public Schools shall provide for appropriate pickup and discharge points. No other stops shall be permitted.

Busing Eligibility

Regular Day Programs in Other Schools in Wellesley
Wellesley residents who, in the fulfillment of the compulsory attendance requirements attend private school for elementary or high school grades, shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges of transportation to and from school as are provided by law for pupils of public schools and shall not be denied such transportation because of their attendance in a school conducted under religious auspices or that includes religious instruction in its curriculum.

Busing Eligibility

Special Education
Transportation shall be provided for special needs students regardless of the distance between their homes and the location of their program will be in Wellesley, whenever possible, or in a state approved program in the community closest to Wellesley as specified in their Individual Education Plan. In the event the parent/guardian elects to send the child to a school other than that designated in the student’s IEP the parent/guardian will be required to pay the cost of transportation. To the extent possible transportation shall be shared with other students from the Town or from other cities or towns.

Busing Eligibility

Vocational Programs
Transportation shall be provided to and from vocational programs for students enrolled in those programs as required by state law.

Suspension of Transportation Privilege

Transportation provided by the Wellesley Public Schools is a privilege which can be lost.

When, as a result of a student’s failure to conduct him/herself in a manner consistent with commonly accepted public behavior, it becomes necessary to revoke transportation privileges, the following procedure for such suspension shall apply.

Poor behavior or unsafe conduct of a student while boarding, leaving or in transit, shall be reported on a Wellesley Public School “Bus Conduct” Report Form. Forms should be submitted to the Principal of the receiving school or his/her designee.

The receiving school Principal shall meet with the student and may require the parents of the student to be present. The Principal of the receiving school may suspend the student’s transportation privilege.

If a student has repeated instances where suspension by the receiving Principal has resulted in no improvement of behavior, the Principal may recommend to the Superintendent or his/her designee that a hearing be scheduled to consider more lengthy suspension of the privilege. The Superintendent or his/her designee will, upon receiving this request, schedule a hearing with the student, the parents/guardians and the receiving School Principal. The Superintendent may, at his/her discretion, permit the student to continue on the transportation service pending the outcome of the hearing.

Voted: June 12, 1989
Updated: January 7, 2004


Policy EEA – Student Transportation Services
Policy EEAA – Busing Eligibility 
Policy EEAE – School Bus Safety Program


Transportation Bids

NEW 14 PASSENGER MULTIFUNCTION SCHOOL ACTIVITY BUS

Notice is hereby given that the Wellesley Public Schools (hereinafter referred to as the “District”), is requesting bids for a New 14 Passenger Multifunction School Activity Bus (MSFAB). Specifications for bidders may be obtained on or after Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

The Invitation for Bid (IFB) documents may be downloaded from the District’s website at https://wellesleyps.org/business-office/bids/ or can be obtained from the District by e-mail, U.S. mail. To request the IFB documents by e-mail, U.S.mail, please contact schoolbids@wellesleyma.gov or Tricia Simeone, Purchasing Coordinator,Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

The District will receive questions through 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021 and will respond to all questions in writing by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Sealed bids must be labeled “ACTIVITY BUS BID: 2022-01” and will be accepted at Wellesley Public Schools, Business Office, c/o Tricia Simeone, Purchasing Coordinator, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. as read on the clock in the reception area on Monday, November 1, 2021.

 

STUDENT VAN TRANSPORTATION to the Wellesley Public Schools.

Sealed bids must be labeled SEALED BID – STUDENT VAN TRANSPORTATION and will be accepted at Wellesley Public Schools, Business Office, c/o Tricia Simeone, Purchasing Coordinator, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley MA 02481. All bids must be received by Tuesday, March 2, 2021 no later than 1:00PM EST. All bids will be publicly read, as read on the clock in the reception area at that time, at the Kingsbury Street address.

Specifications for bidders may be obtained on or after February 8, 2021 at
9:00AM EST at the Kingsbury Street address or by email (schoolbids@wellesleyma.gov). The Wellesley Public Schools reserves the right to reject any or all bids, or to accept any parts thereof which it considers most advantageous to the Town of Wellesley.

Tricia Simeone
Purchasing Coordinator
Wellesley Public Schools
February 8, 2021

 

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