COVID Transportation Information
As the Miffflinburg Area School District plans for reopening, the privilege of student transportation could be a challenging proposition. Collaboration between our district’s families, administration, instructional staff, school transportation staff and the Rohrer Bus service will be necessary to ensure that students reliant on school transportation will be at school on time. It is important to plan for the safe transportation of students to and from school during this pandemic.
Click HERE to "opt-out" of district transportation for 2020-2021.
Click HERE to request ONE (1) alternative site for busing.
Best Practices (Summary)
- In order to practice some degree of physical distancing on a school bus, the seating capacity should be limited, if feasible.
- Seating charts should be established and followed.
- According to Governor Wolf’s mask order, masks should be worn by all riders while boarding, exiting and when physical distancing is not possible.
- When possible, windows of the bus should be open to create ventilation.
- To assist with the reduction of students on buses, parents will be solicited to voluntarily “opt-out” of district transportation for the 2020-2021 school year by completing and submitting an online form to the transportation office.
- Additionally, alternative sites for student pick-up/drop-off will be limited to ONE (1) request per student using an online form and only approved when there is available student space on a bus.
- Daily bus passes will NOT be allowed unless the child is boarding/disembarking at a different, EXISTING stop on the child’s SAME ASSIGNED bus route.
- Daily cleaning strategies will be implemented, by Rohrer, between bus runs and after bus runs.
Loading/Unloading Zones and Bus Stops
Time and safety will not allow for health screenings when boarding or exiting the bus, so we appreciate parents' cooperation in screening children before sending them to the bus stop and keeping children home if an illness/fever is found. Parents and students should practice physical distancing at bus stops and school loading/unloading zones. To assist in keeping students and staff safe, masks should be worn during loading, unloading and at bus stops if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Physical Distancing on School Buses
In order to prevent students from walking past each other, drivers will attempt to establish seating charts on the AM trips that seat students from the rear of the bus forward, by the order of bus stops. The seating chart may remain the same for the PM or change according to bus stops. Students from the same household should be seated together (if feasible). Students and drivers should adhere to seating charts for the safety of all. Face coverings should be worn by all riders while boarding, exiting and when physical distancing is not possible.
More information on cleaning practices is available in the CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility Guidelines. We will rely on our contracted provider, Rohrer, who has provided us with teh following cleaning protocols
● Spot disinfecting shall be administered by drivers after each individual run.
● If a vehicle is used, it shall also undergo a full disinfecting once per day.
● MSDS Sheets for products used will be kept in each Vehicle Notebook.
● Spot cleaning products will be distributed for storage in each vehicle.
● Supplies will be readily available locally for replenishment.
● Full disinfecting will take place at our main parking areas. If vehicles “park out”, they will be disinfected at the park out location or brought to a common location.
● Employees who administer disinfecting will be trained appropriately prior to the beginning of the school year. .
Student Arrivals and Departures at Our Schools
To promote physical distancing when students unload at school or prepare for departure, we will no longer have ALL students congregate in hallways, cafeterias or gymnasiums. Instead, each building will coordinate various locations for smaller groups of arriving/departing students. For some schools, this may entail students reporting/departing directly to/from their assigned classrooms, while other buildings may use numerous large areas for staging upon arrival or before departure. At our high school and middle school, staggered dismissals may be employed; including separate times for first-wave bus passengers, walkers/drivers and second-wave bus passengers.
We will continue the following shuttles for Mifflinburg students:
- SUN CTC students may be shuttled to/from the HS daily.
- ES/IS/MS students that live within walking distance of the HS may be shuttled from the HS to their buildings each morning and return to the HS each afternoon.
- In the afternoons, MS students may still ride first-wave buses to be transported to the HS for after-school activities, if they continue.
We will not be able to continue to allow ES/IS students to ride first wave buses to MS and then be transported to their buildings. We will not have available space or staff to house these students at the MS until the shuttle arrives each morning.
In light of parental concerns regarding schools and transportation during the pandemic, we may see an increase in parental transport. With this increase in mind, we must plan for traffic patterns and timely drop-off/pick-up. Each building will devise and execute these plans under their own set of conditions and needs. We request parental cooperation once these plans are implemented.
- If you plan to NOT use district transportation, please complete our online OPT-OUT form. Link to the form and read closely before completing and submitting the form. If appropriate for your family, opting-out will greatly assist us in realizing more realistic numbers that will be likely to ride each bus. (Even if a family opts-out of transportation, children will still be physically “assigned” to a route and we can reverse the designation within a few days)
General Transportation InformationAbout UsThe Transportation Department of the Mifflinburg Area School District is a part of the Student Services Department of the district. It is the goal of the Mifflinburg Area School District and its contracted carrier, Rohrer, to provide safe transportation service in accordance with the Pennsylvania School Code and Pennsylvania State Transportation Code to all students except those who reside within designated walking areas.EligibilityOnly those students who meet the eligibility requirements by means of proof of residence will be permitted to use school bus transportation for the purpose of travel to and from school unless otherwise authorized by the Superintendent or their designee. Under Pennsylvania State Law, the district also provides bus service to private and parochial schools within ten miles from the boundaries of the school district - currently, this includes Penn View Christian, Norhumberland Christian and Meadowbrook Christian.Bus ScheduleBus schedules have been carefully prepared to accommodate the transportation needs of the district. The times are approximate and subject to revision. Students are required to be at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the designated time. Bus assignments for Mifflinburg Area School District students are provided via the Parent Portal in ESchoolData.Transportation Information for private and parochial students are provided via a direct phone call prior to the start of the school year. If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Office. In order to request transportation to a private or parochial school, the form below must be completed and submitted to the Trnasportation office.Bus Transportation SafetyWe are very proud of the safety record and the high quality of our state inspections. Our vehicles are annually inspected by the state police and consistently maintained throughout the school year.Behavior StandardsThe bus driver is in charge of the vehicle, and his or her instructions are to be obeyed. Buses carrying students will be considered as extensions of the school setting. A high standard of student behavior on school buses and while entering or leaving the buses is expected and will be required. Any student whose conduct on a school vehicle is found improper will be subject to disciplinary procedures as per appropriate grade and building level discipline codes. Smoking, vaping, throwing objects from the bus or windows, rowdyism, standing while the bus is in motion, deliberate delays in boarding, unauthorized transferring to another bus, opening of emergency doors without the driver's permission (except in bona fide emergencies), distracting the attention of the driver, failure to cooperate with the driver, or any conduct detrimental to safe bus operation will result in a review of the offending student's opportunity to continue to ride the bus, and may cause permanent loss of this privilege or suspension from school. Damage to the vehicle will be charged to the student responsible.All buses serving Mifflinburg Area School District transportation needs are subject to being both video and audio recorded to assist in ensuring that the students are transported in a manner that protects them as well as the vehicle operator from physical injury, verbal abuse, or threats. Such recordings, both audio and video, may be utilized in all disciplinary investigations of students and employees of the Mifflinburg Area School District and its contracted service providers.The Mifflinburg Area School District is responsible for disciplining students who misbehave at the bus stop or riding to and from school. Parents/guardians are responsible for the behavior of their own children on the way to and on the way from the bus stop.Bus Routes and ServicesExcept when otherwise determined by the School Board for reasons of safety of students and vehicles, expediting routes, or convenience to the district, school buses will be routed through plans of homes only when a continuous forward progress can be maintained.
Procedures for New Students or Change of AddressNo student will be assigned transportation until the proper documentation has been submitted to the school the student will be attending. Non Public students are entitled to the same transportation service as public school students. The non-public school must be approved by the Department of Education and the school must be located with-in a ten mile radius of the nearest districts boundary. Once registered, the information is sent to the transportation office for a bus assignment. Please allow at least 3-5 business days for this process as some buses may have to be rerouted to accommodate a new stop. All Mifflinburg Area School District students can access the Parent Portal in their ESchoolData account for updates. All non-public students will be contacted. Please note that District policy requires that parents provide three (3) items as proof of residency upon registration or change of address. Those items may include: Mortgage or lease agreements (temporary proof only), Driver’s license, Auto registration, Utility bills, Tax statements, Check stubs from wages, public assistance, or social security.Special Transportation RequestThe District is NOT responsible for the transportation of students to locations other than the student’s home residence. Students are to ride the bus to which they are assigned. Only in an emergency situation will students be permitted to ride another bus unless otherwise assigned.Permission to ride a different bus must be obtained from the transportation department. The student must first bring a note from home or parent contact via phone or e-mail must be made to the building that your child attends. Upon approval the school will issue a note which the bus driver will accept and allow the student to ride their bus. Bus drivers will not accept verbal confirmation from the parent and there must be space available on the bus to accommodate the request.Alternative Transportation StopThe Mifflinburg Area School District recognizes and understands the needs for alternative transportation arrangements and/or schedules for the needs of childcare and split custody agreements. These arrangements must be submitted in writing to the transportation department using the link to the below form. At the elementary and intermediate schools, students need to bring parent notes into school and give them to their teacher. The teacher will make sure that your child gets a bus pass by the end of the school day. At the middle school, students must take their parent notes to the office to get a bus pass. Students at the high school are to turn the parent notes in at the main office to receive a bus pass. A bus pass may be issued for the school year, as needed, due to baby sitting or when both parents live at different addresses within the Mifflinburg Area School District. Bus passes will be allowed as long as there is room on the buses. Periodically there are buses that are too full to allow bus passes to be issued. When issued, bus passes will only be given for students to be dropped off and picked up at an approved stop location. It is illegal for a school bus to stop at any location not listed on the approved bus route to pick students up or drop them off.Opening Day Information
- The District will comply with all requirements of the "Hazardous Roads" Act.
- The District buses will not travel into streets or roads terminating in a cul-de-sac or dead end, except for special situations that involve special needs students.
- Transportation vehicles will be routed in the most efficient manner consistent with safety and State law.
- The Transportation Department will develop a plan annually for eliminating or consolidating bus stops.
MIFFLINBURG SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
All Mifflinburg Area School District students, approximately 10 days prior to the first day of school, can find their bus assignments, stop location, and approximate pick-up times for the upcoming school year on the ESchoolData Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing your Parent Portal account, please contact the district administrative office.
Many Mifflinburg borough residents' children in kindergarten through fifth grade will continue to be provided busing, with stops at Fourth and Market Streets: Seventh and Market Streets; the parking lot of the Mifflinburg swimming pool: the corner of Thompson and Third Streets; on Market Street in front of the High School; and the intersection of Gessner Road and Shelly Lane. All remaining routes will continue this year relatively unchanged.
Mifflinburg borough resident students in grades six through eight, who are considered walkers, may catch a bus from the High School between 7:15 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. to ride to the Middle School. At the end of the day they can catch a Middle School first-wave bus to take them back to the Mifflinburg High School.
Classes will begin with a three hour delay the first day of classes. Because of this start time, buses will run on a three-hour delay for the morning run on that day only.
Transportation Department Phone Number: 966-8246.