"Return-to-Learning" Phase 2 - Transportation

Transportation Information

In conjunction with the Belmont Public Schools “Return to Learning” plan, we will begin Phase 2 in hybrid on Thursday, October 8th. Transportation for those students who have registered is in place with modified capacities on each bus. Additionally, bus routes have been altered to serve currently registered students in an effort to shorten time on the bus and deliver students home in a timely manner after dismissal.

Afternoon Transportation

Regarding pick-up of all students in grades K-2, it is imperative that parents meet their children on-time at their bus stop, daily. Soon, we will be returning to hybrid learning at both the Middle and High School, and the timely drop-off of elementary students is requisite to maintaining the dismissal schedule throughout the district in conjunction with the afternoon learning model.

Transportation Safety

Ensuring the safety of all students remains a priority as we enter the hybrid learning phase on October 8th. Please view the updated Belmont Public Schools “Return-to-Learning” Fall 2020 - Transportation presentation to familiarize yourself and your child with the busing and safety protocols set forth as we enter the in-person learning environment.  

Fees & Payments

Beginning in June, the Business Office will no longer accept walk-in payments. All payments must be made online, via regular mail, or dropped in our mail slot at 644 Pleasant Street in consideration of the payment due dates, which are:

Semester 1:     Payment due upon registration in June, 2020
Semester 2:     Payment due on or before February 1st. 

Payments must be received by the prescribed dates in order for students to maintain their ridership. Waitlisted students will be given consideration in the absence of on-time payments. If you require a fee waiver, please do not make a payment. Instead, view the Fee Waiver instructions here.

 

Bus Pass Protocol – Updated for 2020-2021 and Beyond

Given the overwhelming number of requests for busing at the middle school level, the following rules will be enforced as a measure of fairness as well as for the safety of every student: 

  • The bus drivers will be checking bus passes daily. All students must be in possession of their passes every day, and be able to show them before boarding the afternoon bus.
  • Daily PM Bus Pass Checks - Any Chenery or Belmont High School student who rides the AM/PM or PM only bus will need to show their pass prior to boarding. Any student who does not have their pass will not be permitted to ride the bus that afternoon. 
  • If students are found riding the bus at any time other than that which is designated on their pass, or any bus other than that which corresponds to their registration, students will not be allowed to ride the bus at that time. Students’ names will be given to the Business Office and the Chenery Main Office for further corrective action and notification of parents.  
  • If a student loses their bus pass, please notify the Business Office (busing@belmont.k12.ma.us) for a replacement. Students who have lost a pass and do not request a replacement will not be permitted to ride the bus until a replacement pass has been issued and received by the student. 

As a reminder, no student may ride the bus at any time if they are not registered with an issued bus pass.

For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page.