March 21, 2022

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BUS REGISTRATION FOR SY 22-23***

***HUNNEWELL-SPECIFIC ENROLLMENT INFORMATION ENCLOSED***

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In order to reach as many families as possible, this letter is being sent to all Wellesley families with children enrolled in and/or entering the Wellesley Public Schools.

We are once again planning for transportation services for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. The following paragraphs outline the various requirements and responsibilities for ridership. Please read this letter in its entirety, to be sure you understand the procedures and timelines.

Bus Stops

Children walk to a common stop designated in your neighborhood. While Wellesley Public Schools furnishes transportation for students, it does not relieve parents of the responsibility for supervision until such time as the student boards the bus in the morning or until after the student exits the bus at the end of the school day.

Once a student boards the bus, and only at that time, he or she becomes the responsibility of the school district. Such responsibility shall end when the student is transported to the regular bus stop at the close of the day. An adult must accompany their Kindergartner, first and/or second grade students to/from their regular bus stop (see Important Reminder paragraph at the end of this letter).

The number of buses required and, thus, the number of seats available are based upon demand. The bus routes and stops will be established based upon the addresses of participants. Every effort will be made to make stops convenient to parents and students, with student safety being the priority.

Eligibility: HUNNEWELL FAMILIES ONLY

Due to the Hunnewell Swing Space project, all Hunnewell students will be provided transportation at no cost, to their assigned schools, per School Committee policy for SY22-23. All Hunnewell families are strongly encouraged to enroll their Hunnewell student(s) for transportation services.

Eligibility: Non-Hunnewell Families

In accordance with State regulations and School Committee policy, free transportation will be provided for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 residing more than 2 miles from their school. If there are any questions regarding bus eligibility based on your address, please see the Eligibility by Street listing found on the Transportation web page. Streets are listed in alphabetical order.

We will continue to offer fee-based transportation services to all other students (that is, students who live less than 2 miles from school or students in Grades 7 – 12). The fee will be $500. per student, with a family cap of $1,100.  In other words, when there are more than two children in a family participating in a fee-based transportation program from the same address, the fee for the third child is $100. and any additional child thereafter is free.

High School Buses

We will continue to offer two High School morning bus options. The first morning High School buses will start at 6:40AM; the second buses will start at 7:40AM, as they do now. Please be sure to register your High School student for transportation by the deadline, in order to be able to take advantage of either the first or second bus runs. As long as your student is registered, he or she can take either bus to school

Registration: HUNNEWELL FAMILIES ONLY

**Please make sure the home address in the online fee payment system is up-to-date, to ensure the correct bus route assignment.**

In order to participate in the program, parents of Hunnewell students must complete the registration process through the online fee payment system (even though there is no charge for Hunnewell students’ transportation), and agree to the Bus Conduct Rules for Transportation. Please make sure all bus riders know and understand the Bus Conduct Rules. The deadline for online registration is April 8, 2022.

To register, go to the Wellesley Public Schools’ main web page and click on the “Fee Payment” link located on the top right side of the page. Click “Login”, and enter your username and password. Click on the photo of the yellow school bus that is located in the middle of the page, to begin the registration process. To enroll Hunnewell student(s) only, choose the second Activity for FY23 Hunnewell Bus Transportation enrollment. If you are also registering non-Hunnewell students, go back to register, and pay for, those students separately under the FY23 Bus Transportation activity.

If you do not remember your login information, click “Need Help?” and the information needed will be emailed to the primary account holder’s email address. If you have not already set up an online payment account, from the same screen, click on the “Create an Account” link. After the account is created and all students from the same household have been added to it, you will receive an email indicating the account has been approved. This process can take up to two business days.

Registration: Non-Hunnewell Families

**Please make sure the home address in the online fee payment system is up-to-date, to ensure the correct bus route assignment.**

In order to participate in the program, parents must complete the registration process through the online fee payment system during open enrollment, and agree to the Bus Conduct Rules for Transportation. Please make sure all bus riders know and understand the Bus Conduct Rules. The deadline for online registration, with payment in full, is April 8, 2022. Requests for registration after the April 8, 2022 deadline may result in your child being placed on a waiting list and processed on a space available basis, in the order in which requests are received.

To register and pay online, go to the Wellesley Public Schools’ main web page and click on the “Fee Payment” link located on the top right side of the page. Click “Login”, and enter your username and password. Click on the photo of the yellow school bus that is located in the middle of the page, to begin the registration process. Choose the first Activity listed; FY23 Bus Transportation.

If you do not remember your login information, click “Need Help?” and the information needed will be emailed to the primary account holder’s email address. If you have not already set up an online payment account, from the same screen, click on the “Create an Account” link. After the account is created and all students from the same household have been added to it, you will receive an email indicating the account has been approved. This process can take up to two business days.

A waiver process has been established for families that are eligible by income level or are currently receiving state assistance. Please refer to the Financial Assistance Information page of the Wellesley Public Schools’ website for specific information and instructions. Families requesting a waiver should apply before April 8, 2022. A seat will not be assigned until all necessary forms are completed, reviewed and approved.

Bus Routes

An initial bus route mailing will be sent to all registered students on or about May 11, 2022.  Once enrolled by the April 8, 2022 deadline, a bus seat is committed and assigned to your student(s). A second mailing will be distributed mid-August, with routes and bus passes for Middle School and High School students. Elementary school students will receive bus routes only, as elementary school students are not issued bus passes. If transportation plans change, fees are not refundable.

Important Reminder

The safety of our students is the foremost priority of the Transportation program. This includes at their bus stop, while riding the bus, and as students embark and disembark from the bus. For this reason, we require all Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students to be discharged at their regular bus stop to a parent or caregiver who is known to the driver. Alternatively, a Kindergarten, first grader or second grader may be accompanied by an older sibling in Grade 4 or Grade 5. When that sibling is not on the bus on any given day, an adult known to us must be present at the stop to meet the younger student. If there is no one waiting at the stop to accompany the Kindergartner, first or second grader, the student will remain on the bus and be transported back to his or her school.

Please be sure to make these arrangements for your child as you prepare for the upcoming school year.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Deane McGoldrick
Wellesley Public Schools
Transportation Director
781-446-6210, ext. 5614

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