TRANSPORTATION FAQ'S

Mt Olive Township Schools Transportation Office

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Bus Transportation

Mt Olive Township Schools Transportation Office receives as many as 100 phone calls daily. Here is a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to assist you with answers to the most commonly asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to phone 973/691-4005. Diane Laracuente, is our secretary and will direct your concern to the appropriate party.

Questions

·           Why is my child's bus late?

·           Why did you suspend my child from riding the bus?

·           Why can't you come further into my sub-division?

·           Why does my child have a seat assignment?

·           Why can't my child get off wherever they want in the afternoon?

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 Answers

Why is my child's bus late?

Weather, traffic, driver absenteeism, maintenance difficulties, and unforeseen incidents are responsible for delays in the arrival of school buses in the morning and afternoon.

·            Sometimes the bus routes must be doubled out or run as a second load to or from the school due to the regular driver being absent.

·            Traffic in the Mt Olive area is increasingly snarly.

·            Drivers check buses before their routes and sometimes find mechanical problems that can cause delays and require driving another bus for that day. This can cause the bus to be unpunctual.

Please know that we are doing everything humanly possible to have all buses running on schedule everyday. In the event that your bus does not arrive as scheduled, please allow ten to fifteen minutes before calling the transportation office or the school.

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Why can't you come further into my sub-division?

School buses come in various sizes ranging from 25 to 36 feet long, 20,000-33,000 pounds, 12-13 feet high and 6-9 feet wide. The length is what limits the school bus to be maneuvered in cul-de-sacs and tight places. Smaller buses can turn in a shorter radius, while longer buses cannot maneuver the same circle without backing the bus, which is avoided in routing if possible. Residents sometimes park trucks, boats, and trailers on the streets. Children leave their bicycles, skateboards, and basketball backboards on the streets. Although our drivers are trained to be able to parallel park their buses, some sub-divisions are not designed with school bus transportation in mind. Please know that we will design school bus routes to be safe and convenient to the majority of students within the limits of time and physics.  

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Why does my child have a seat assignment?

Seat assignments are a positive way for the ride to be consistent and safe. It is also our policy for elementary, middle and high school students to be assigned to a specific seat. This aids the driver with discipline and learning each student's names at the beginning of the school year. It also aids the driver in the event of an accident to identify quickly those students who may be injured.

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Why can't my child get off wherever they want in the afternoon?

To avoid multiple problems, the driver requires a note, signed by the parent and school administrator to alter the destination of students, for emergency reasons only. This allows the drivers to focus on driving and safety instead of having to decide whether the student should be allowed to change their routine and get off at an alternate stop. This policy avoids confusion and the chance of students getting lost or running away.  

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