Transportation and Bus Information

TO CONTACT US:

IF YOU ARE CALLING ABOUT THE LOCATION OF A SPECIFIC BUS DURING THE ACTUAL AM OR PM BUS ROUTE, PLEASE CALL THE FIRST STUDENT BUS DISPATCHER AT
203-454-1984.

Bus Route Information

The Weston Public Schools are using FIRST STUDENT and RELIA Transportation for the current school year.  Modeled on area districts of similar size and geography, this arrangement is expected to provide consistent and excellent service to our students and families.

FIRST STUDENT will be transporting all students to and from Hurlutt Elementary School, Weston Intermediate School, Weston Middle School, and Weston High School. RELIA Transportation will provide transportation to students receiving special education services at schools outside of the district. 

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Students on Standard Bus Routes -- Buses 1-17 & 19-21

If you have any questions or concerns regarding school bus transportation, including routing and pick-up/drop-off times, please contact Marilyn Dietzman at First Student at (203) 454-1984.   Her email address is [email protected]firstgroup.com.  Ms. Dietzman is based on the Weston campus and works solely on Weston Public Schools transportation. 

All notifications to families and staff concerning delays and coordination of bus route information for Buses 1-17 and 19-21 will be managed by Ms. Dietzman.

Students on Individually Scheduled Bus Routes -- Buses 31-32

Parents or guardians of students riding on Bus 31 or 32, in-district special education transportation, should also contact Ms. Dietzman if a ride needs to be canceled or if there are any route related issues.  

All notifications to families and staff concerning delays and coordination of bus route information for Buses 31-32 will be managed by Ms. Dietzman.

Students on Individually Scheduled Bus Routes -- Out of District Transportation

Parents or guardians of students riding on special education transportation to schools located outside of the district, please contact Brenda Deleon or Ashera Russell, our Relia representatives, at 203-380-9616 if a ride needs to be cancelled or if there are any route related issues.

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Bus Aide Information

For questions regarding bus aides for students riding First Student or Relia, please contact Joann Tyborowski, Weston Public Schools, at 203-221-6586.

2020-2021 BUS ROUTE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY

ON THE POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL.

Specific information regarding your child’s bus route will be available to you in the Powerschool Parent Portal when this portal is opened to families or soon after the first day the portal is open.  Families will be notified when the portal is open. Once the portal is open, please check your child’s bus information regularly as it can be updated as necessary prior to the start of school.

Bus Company

First Student provides transportation for our students.

The bus garage office can be reached at 203.454.1984:

Terminal Manager - Theresa Taylor

Bus Dispatcher - Marilyn Dietzman

Bus Stop Times & Driver Information

BUS STOP TIMES - ESTIMATED AM PICK-UP AND PM DROP-OFF TIMES LISTED ON YOUR BUS ROUTE SCHEDULE (IN YOUR PARENT PORTAL) CAN BE DIFFERENT FROM THE ACTUAL TIMES YOUR BUS IS REACHING YOUR STOP DEPENDING ON WHICH STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO A PARTICULAR BUS ARE USING THE BUS SERVICE ON A GIVEN DAY OR AT ALL.  YOUR ACTUAL BUS STOP TIME SHOULD BECOME ESTABLISHED OVER THE FIRST WEEK OR TWO OF SCHOOL BASED ON THE RIDERSHIP ON YOUR PARTICULAR BUS.  THEREAFTER, THE TIMES SHOULD BE CONSISTENT, WITHIN A FEW MINUTE RANGE, EVEN IF THEY DIFFER FROM THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATED TIMES. 

BUS DRIVERS - If you would like to meet your bus driver prior to the start of school, please call or email  Marilyn Dietzman at First Student at (203) 454-1984, [email protected].  to make an appointment.

HOW TO GET ON THE SCHOOL BUS SAFELY IF REQUIRED TO CROSS THE ROAD 

Bus Transportation Safety Tips

school bus safety tips

for Parents, Children & Drivers
(Courtesy of Automobile Association of America)

SCHOOL BUSES ARE THE SAFEST WAY TO GET TO SCHOOLS

School buses are nearly 8 times safer than passenger vehicles.  But children must take care when boarding or leaving the bus.  While an average of 7 school-age passengers are killed in school bus crashes each year, 19 are killed getting on and off the bus.

Most of those killed are children, five to seven years old.  They are hit in the danger zone around the bus (A), either by a passing vehicle or by the school bus itself.  It is illegal for a vehicle to pass a bus with its red light flashing.

Young children are most likely to be hit because they:

  • hurry to get on or off the bus
  • act before they think and have little experience with traffic
  • assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross
  • don't always stay within the bus driver's sight, or
  • drop something as they get off the bus and run into the path of the bus to pick it up

Drawn illustration of a bus indicating safe distance policies

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO GET ON AND OFF THE BUS SAFELY

  • When getting on the bus, stay away from the danger zone and wait for the driver's signal.  Board the bus one at a time.
  • When getting off the bus, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder (side of the road).  Move away from the bus.
  • Before crossing the street, take five "giant steps" out from the front of the bus, or until the driver's face can be seen (A).  Wait for the driver to signal that it's safe to cross.
  • Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped.  Keep watching traffic when crossing.

SAFETY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

  • Supervise children to make sure they get to the stop on time, wait far away from the road, avoid rough play.
  • Teach your child to ask the driver for help if he/she drops someting near the bus.  If a child bends down to pick up something, the driver cannot see him/her and the child may be hit by the bus.  Have your child use a backpack or book bag to keep loose items together.
  • Make sure clothing and backpacks have no loose drawstrings or long straps, to get caught in the handrail or bus door.
  • Encourage safe school bus loading and unloading.
  • If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with your school office or transportation director about changing the location.

LEARN AND FOLLOW SCHOOL BUS STOP LAWS

Laws exist to protect children getting on and off the bus AND protect you from a tragedy.  Check with your school or police department  for more information on your state's laws. Here are some rules:

  • Vehicles must stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extendsold illustration of a bus stopping to let kids get on and off the stop signal arm (B).  Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.
  • Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop.  In some states, vehicles moving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are also required to stop.  Check the law in your state.
  • Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit.  This is illegal and can have tragic results.

Violation of these laws can result in a citation and fine.  In many places, school bus drivers can report passing vehicles.

For more information, contact the DOT AutoSafety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1.888.327.4236) or www.nhtsa.dot.gov