Wilson School District Guidelines for Discharging Young Students (Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students):

 

Students with bus stops located along rural routes, door-to-door routes, or routes that are located within walking areas deemed hazardous by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

 

·    Younger students riding home from school on Wilson School District buses will only be discharged from their buses if a parent or other authorized caregiver is present to meet the child. We recommend that parents and caregivers are out of their homes and/or vehicles and visible to their children and their bus driver.

·    If no one is present to meet the child, the transportation department will attempt to contact the parent/guardian. If necessary, the driver will return the child to their assigned school building.

 
 
Students with bus stops located at school buildings or in residential developments at stops with a large number of students:

 

·    Younger students will be discharged from the bus without a parent or caregiver being present.

o    Under these conditions, it is not possible for a driver to ensure that each child is greeted at their stop due to the number of students departing from the vehicle and dispersing in all directions.

o    While the safety of our students is our priority, we need our parents/guardians to be active participants in ensuring the safety of their children.

§    Implement a bus stop buddy system, discuss with your child that they should walk home with an older sibling and/or other older neighborhood children whenever possible.

§    Create an emergency plan:

·    Discuss whom you should call if you cannot meet your child?

o   Call your school building’s office

o   Call the transportation office

o   Call a friend or relative for assistance

·    Discuss with your child what they should do if no one is there to meet them:

o    Should your child get off the bus if they do not see their parent/guardian?

o    If your child does get off the bus and their parent/guardian is not present where should they go?

§    To their house

§    A friend’s house

§    A trusted neighbor’s house

·    Maintain and communicate your contingency plans to your family and friends to be as prepared as possible for all emergencies that may arise.

 
 
 
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