MOUNT PLEASANT TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
The Mount Pleasant Central School District provides busing to all of its in-district public school students as well as eligible private and parochial students who complete a request for transportation.
2020-2021 Transportation Information
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic students and parents will notice several significant changes to our Transportation Program. Below is a list of important reminders and/or changes to our transportation program this year.
- Daily Screening Form - All students must fill out a daily health screening form prior to arrival at school. The form will be emailed to the parent/guardian and should be completed prior to arrival at the bus stop or school.
- Face Masks - Students must wear masks at all times while riding the school bus unless medically unable to do so. Medical conditions that would prevent a student from wearing a mask must be brought to the attention of school administration and the school nurse and will be addressed accordingly.
- One stop per child - due to social distancing and contract tracing requirements, the district is implementing a “one stop per child” requirement. Each child will be automatically placed on a bus route based on their home address. Parents/guardians may submit an alternate stop request via the Google form below. This change will be in effect for every day the child is attending school for the remainder of the school year. This form will be monitored periodically for updates and communicated to Royal Coach for implementation.
- No bus passes or bus hopping - Again, due to the need for social distancing and contract tracing students will NOT be allowed to ride a bus other than the bus to which they have been routed. Arrangements should be made for pickup at school if the normally scheduled bus stop is not appropriate on a given day. To change a student’s stop location for each day they are attending school parents/guardians should use the Alternate Stop Request Form above.
- Arrival and Dismissal routines - Please refer to communications from your child's building principal regarding arrival and dismissal routines and traffic patterns during school arrival and dismissal. This would include information regarding how to notify the elementary schools if your child will not be riding the bus home.
Royal Coach Cleaning Protocols
The following information was provided by Royal Coach Lines regarding their response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
At Royal Coach Lines Inc., we believe is our duty to provide a hazard-free environment to our employees and the students we transport. We are implementing the similar guidelines established by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. In addition, the company is adding specific preventable guidelines that address the school bus field.
How and when will buses be Disinfected?
Royal Coach Lines, Inc. take seriously the safety of the employees and the students we transport daily. We disinfect our vehicles on a regular basis with a non-harm professional solution.
Royal Coach Lines (RCL) has been disinfecting all vehicles since the breakthrough of the pandemic. Once the company starts transporting students, the buses will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each the day.
What area of the buses?
RCL will be Disinfecting the High-Touch Surfaces in the school buses such as:
- Inside hand railing
- Inside and outside door handles (including manual control for service door); Inside door grab handles, pads and armrests
- Steering wheel
- Shift lever and console
- Turn signal and wiper stalks
- Seats/Seat belts
With what chemicals?
- RCL will be using the solution “Multi Micro 200”. This solution will be used in the fogger machine to disinfect the buses. We are also keeping up with CDC guidelines for other disinfecting solutions. Again, Busses will be Fogged at the end of each day from top to bottom to ensure that its sanitized thoroughly
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
RCL will be providing Face Mask’s to drivers and monitors
RCL displayed the following posters in the dispatch area:
- Keeping Social Distancing
- Use Facemask
- Hand Washing Practices
- Keep their workspace clean
- Contact Management immediately if they become sick or were exposed to “Covid”
Alternate Stop Request Form
Parents/guardians may submit an alternate stop request via the Google form below. This change will be in effect for every day the child is attending school for the remainder of the school year. This form will be monitored periodically for updates and communicated to Royal Coach for implementation.
BUS SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY
- Always follow the instructions of the driver.
- Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Wait until the bus has stopped completely before entering or exiting.
- Always keep heads and arms inside the bus.
- Keep voices low and never use foul language.
- Items that are potentially dangerous or distracting to the driver are not allowed on the bus.
- Fighting or rough play are forbidden, as are tobacco, electronic cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and other harmful substances. All school buses are equipped with video cameras which may be used to monitor student safety and behavior.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children while traveling between the student's home and their assigned bus stop. Parents are also responsible for the safety of children while at the bus stop.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS & FAQs
Important Reminders and Frequently Asked Questions
Your child should always be at his/her bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up. During the first week of school, buses may be late during pick-up and drop-off. Please be patient. Kindergarten students: please fasten your bus tag to your backpack.
Bus drivers and bus monitors (when assigned) have the responsibility and authority to enforce all rules and regulations to insure the safety of all students on the bus. Bus privileges may be suspended by district administration if a student’s behavior interferes with bus safety or violates district rules or regulations.
Click here to get answers to more Frequently Asked Questions.
Parents or guardians requesting transportation to a private or parochial school for their child must submit the Out-of-District Transportation Request on or before April 1 of the calendar year in which the child will begin school. This requirement has been extended to May 27, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. A form must be submitted each year that a child attends an out-of-district school.
Request for Transportation Form 2021-22
Transportation will be furnished for pupils who:
• Reside within the school district boundaries
• Attend a school not more than 15 miles from their home
• Are five years old before December 1 of that school year
• Complete the transportation request form by April 1 of the year in which the child will begin school
There is no bus transportation on days when Mt. Pleasant Schools are not in session. This may include:
- Legal holidays such as Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day
- Recess Periods such as Thanksgiving Recess, Winter Recess, Mid-Winter Recess, Spring Recess
- Superintendent's Conference Days
- Other days as noted on the official district calendar or as subsequently announced by the district.
Delayed start or school closing:
• If the District experiences a delayed opening, buses will run on the MPCSD delayed-opening schedule.
• In the event Mount Pleasant CSD experiences a weather-related closing, there will be NO out-of-district transportation for that day.
For in- and out-of-district transportation:
Director of Business Administration
769-5500 X 5111
For lost items call:
Royal Coach Bus Company, Thornwood Office
Alternate Phone Numbers, Yonkers Office
914-733-7005 or 914-733-7010