Westport Community Schools

Please read the important message in the news section below for information regarding the school committee meeting of August 26, 2020.

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Bus Routes are NOW available below:

If you do not see your address or a location close to your address please email mrapoza@westportschools.org or call Holly Moreau at 508-636-1140.

Reminder, students will only be allowed ONE address for am and pm pick up.

Students will be assigned a seat the first day of school. That seat assignment will be for the school year. Students will be seated with Kindergarten students in the front rows, then 1st graders, then 2nd graders in the back.

There will be no changes or emergencies allowed for the school year. If you have an emergency, students will need to be picked up at the school.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle A. Rapoza, at mrapoza@westportschools.org

Please have children outside Wednesday morning 15 minutes prior to their pick up times. Please be patient as the pick up and drop-off times may vary 15 to 30 minutes before or after the scheduled times.
 
Thank you for your patience! 

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Students attending Bristol Aggie! 

For students requiring transportation that has been arranged with Bristol Aggie, the Bristol Aggie bus will pick up students at the Westport Elementary School at approx. 7:17am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please have your child at the school no later than 7:10am to ensure the bus does not leave earlier than 7:17am.

Westport will NOT provide transportation at your home and drop off at the Elementary School.

If you need more information regarding Bristol Aggie, please contact the school directly.

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Transportation fees are currently pending!

We hope to have information out soon regarding transportation fees

for students in Grades 7 - 12.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please make sure to fill out the transportation survey on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mVYHOw8JNDu6rf1LkoIKO8gcVx4f4mgd3xCvxEan9LU/edit

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Massachusetts Transportation Guidelines for the new school year

Students will not be allowed to have different addresses for drop-off or pick-up.

Students MUST be picked up and dropped off at the same address daily.

There will be no alternative addresses allowed for the 2020-2021 School Year.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued a guidance on how schools can handle bus transportation for the upcoming school year.

The guidance is subject to change based on COVID-29 trends and medical research.

The DESE release stated the following guidelines that they feel will support safe school bus operations this fall.

• Masks
All staff and students on the bus, regardless of age, are required to wear masks at all 2 times. Exemptions for students due to medical and/or behavioral reasons – and associated protocols – are further described later in this guidance.

• Distance
Students should be seated no more than one student per bench, alternating sides for each row, which allows students to maintain approximately 3 feet of physical distance. Children from the same household may sit together and in closer proximity (e.g., two students per bench). Diagrams are provided later in this guidance.

• Ventilation
Keep windows open at all times during operation, unless not possible due to extreme weather conditions.

• Seat assignments
Students should be assigned to a single bus and a particular seat.

• Bus monitors
Districts should consider adding a bus monitor (e.g., volunteer, student leader, or staff member) for every bus to ensure strict adherence to these health and safety guidelines.

DESE issued the following recommended configuration for student seating on the bus.

According to DESE, assigning specific buses, routes, and seats to students and staff in advance will limit potential exposure and make contact tracing easier to conduct.

In addition, to prevent crowding and minimize interaction, students and transportation staff should follow the protocols outlined
below when entering or exiting the vehicle.

• Keep bus staffing assignments as static as possible by assigning drivers and other transportation staff to a single bus and a specific route.

• Assign students to a single bus and to an assigned seat. Children from the same household should be assigned seats together. Seating arrangements should also account for students with disabilities who require close contact from adults.

 

• As students board the bus, occupy seats starting from the rear of the bus and fill sequentially to the front. Upon arrival at school, the bus should be unloaded in a controlled manner, starting from the front of the bus and emptying sequentially to the back.

Assign seats with the above boarding order and process in mind (i.e., based on when students will board during the route). For example, students boarding the bus at the beginning of the route should be assigned seats at the rear of the of the bus, and students boarding the bus at the end of the route should be assigned seats at the front.

Pick-up and drop-off protocols
• Consider having one bus of students enter the building at a time. When weather allows, students who are not entering right away should wait outside, preferably with members of their cohort, in designated areas that are clearly marked for physical distancing.

• Consider how to schedule students who will walk or bike to school or will be dropped off by car to limit crowding and support physical distancing.

• Prepare to respond to changing transportation patterns (e.g., more crossing guards, bike racks/storage)5 and work with local authorities as needed.

• Consider utilizing multiple entry/exit points and pick-up/drop-off locations (e.g., assign students/grade levels to different entrances at arrival and departure times).

• Modify protocols for parent/caregiver pick-up and drop-off
o Designate appropriate pick-up area(s) for parents/caregivers.
o Parents/caregivers should remain in their vehicle while waiting for their child.
o Parents/caregivers should maintain physical distancing standards and wear masks if they exit their vehicle.

• High schools should consider designating extra parking spots or street spaces for student parking if surveys show that more students will be using personal vehicles.

DESE stated that districts should look for ways to address bus capacity challenges by adding routes to existing bus runs, staggering start and end times for students, and encouraging families to seek alternative transportation to school when possible such as walking and biking programs.

 

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SY2020-2021 Transportation packets will not be mailed out until we receive further direction on the Transportation requirements for the Re-Entry of Massachusetts Schools.

We will continue to keep you informed.

 

Thank you!

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Library Services after school
 
Due to the construction of the new school,
Library services will NOT be available this school year. 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
 
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Cell phone usage & seating arrangements
for Macomber & Elementary School students
 
Cell phones will not be allowed to be used on school buses for Macomber & Elementary School students, they may have them in their backpacks. If students are caught with their cell phones out and using them, students will be written up.
Bus Drivers have also been instructed to separate all children by grade.If parent's or guardians wish to have their children sit together, a note must be sent in to their appropriate schools. Siblings that sit together must follow school bus rules, if not they will not be allowed to continue to sit together and will be ask to sit in their age appropriate seat assignments.
If you have any questions, please contact your school building principal.
 
 
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Bus Evacuations 
 
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 Bus Stop Reminder

 
Students in grades 3 and above can be dropped off at their stops without an adult being present!
 
Students in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade, MUST have an adult present in order for the student to be dropped off at their stop. If no adult is present the student will be returned back to their school.
 
 

Welcome Back!

 
-As the school year begins, please wait until the school bus comes to a complete stop before entering and exiting. 
 
-Students are not allowed to be dropped off to friends houses after school. Alternate transportation is made available to students & families for daycare purposes only!

-If you should have any bus issues, please contact the your child's Principal. Bus drivers are not allowed to have conversations with parents/guardians regarding bus issues. 
 
-Please DO NOT park, drop off or pick up students in the front of the school buildings. This area is for buses/vans and emergency vehicles only. If parked in that area, vehicles may be towed at the owners expense. 
 
Thank you for working with us to provide a safe environment for our students/staff and visitors!
 
Have a safe school year!
 

 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY TIPS

 
Parents:
1. A responsible person MUST be at the bus stop for students in Grades K-2. Parents must notify the school office in writing as to whom they have determined to be the responsible person that will be at the bus stop to receive the K-2 students. 
2. If a responsible person is not at the bus stop to receive a K-2 student, the student will be brought back to the school. The school will contact the parents to arrange for pick up. 
 
IF A STUDENT IS BROUGHT BACK TO SCHOOL:
 
-After 2 times; the student will lose bus privileges for a week,
-After 3 times; the student will lose bus privileges for 2 weeks, a DCF report (51A) may be filed and the student's privileges will not be restored until the student's parent or guardian has met with the Principal/Assistant Principal and the Director of Transportation to ensure that the student will have a responsible person at the bus stop to meet the K-2 student on a daily basis.
 
Messages to the kids:
1. Never cross close to the front of the bus – make sure the driver can see you.
2. Never pick up anything you drop close to or under the bus – ask the driver what to do.
3. Never run after a bus or bang on the side.
4. If you must cross the street in front of the bus, follow the driver’s directions, and stop and look before you cross.
5. Never run across a street, it’s better to miss the bus than rush and risk being hit by a car.
6. Stay away from the rear and sides of the bus – always be in a safe place where the driver can see you.
7. FOOD is NOT ALLOWED on buses due to students with food allergies! Students caught eating would be immediately dismissed of bus riding privileges!

Messages to the motoring public:
1. Never pass a school bus when its stop lights are flashing.
2. Be extra vigilant around school hours – assume a child might run out at any moment.
3. Be courteous to school buses, give them room and let them change lanes when they need to.
Transportation Evacuation drills are mandated to be conducted 2 times per year to provide training for the students for safe ways to evacuate buses in case of an emergency.

Urgent Message! - FOOD ON SCHOOL BUSES

There is NO food allowed on school buses!

 

At the beginning of the school year Westport Community Schools informed ALL parents that students caught eating on the school bus would be immediate grounds for dismissal of bus privileges! Some students still continue to eat on the bus without being aware that some foods may contain allergens that may cause Anaphylaxis - a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction.

 

Allergens

Although nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction, only eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the United States. These foods are:

Reference: http://www.foodallergy.org

                                                                                                                                                  

 

                                                                                           

 

                                                                                           Discrimination Statement (April 1, 2018)

"It is the policy of the Westport Community Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment, violence or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex/gender, marital status, homelessness, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, family care leave status, pregnancy or any condition related to pregnancyor military/veteran status."

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School Business Administrator, Director of Transportation & Food Services

Michelle A. Rapoza

774-309-3371

mrapoza@westportschools.org

 

 

 

2020-2021 Bus Routes are NOW available below!
 
If you do not see your child's bus stop, please email me at mrapoza@westportschools.org.