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Transportation

The Wilkinsburg School District’s primary goal is to transport all students who ride a bus safely to and from school. Student behavior while entering, riding, and leaving the bus contributes to safe transportation.

The primary purpose of rules and regulations on the buses is for the safety of all students. Your child’s cooperation in obeying these rules and regulations is appreciated.

The Transportation Department is responsible for arranging bus transportation for students who attend Kelly Primary, Turner Intermediate and Westinghouse Middle and High Schools who are residents within the Wilkinsburg Borough. We also Provide Port Authority Connect Cards for students who are Wilkinsburg residents attending Private, Parochial, Charter schools, and Pittsburgh Public Magnet Schools located within a 10-mile radius of the borough’s lines.

Transportation Company Information

Wilkinsburg School District uses the services of AJ Myers, & Sons to take our children safely to and from school. While our goal is on-time pickup; we realize that sometimes buses can be late.

Arrival Times of the bus may vary, according to weather and traffic conditions.

If your bus is late or does not come, please contact the bus company at 412-646-2320. If after speaking to the garage staff, you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Transportation Department at 412-871-2107 or email Diane Ionadi at ionadid@wilkinsburgschools.org.

 

REMEMBER BUS TRANSPORTATION IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT!

Student Conduct on School Buses

School buses are considered an extension of the classroom and students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. Students who are transported on district contracted school buses shall comply with the student code of conduct. Behavior that is not permitted includes but is not limited to the following: being disobedient or disrespectful to the driver, standing or moving while the bus is in motion, sticking head or hands out of windows, throwing objects out of windows, using tobacco of any type, scuffing or fighting, using obscene and/or unacceptable language, littering on bus, disturbing others, eating or drinking on the bus, tampering with the bus and/or any equipment on the bus, possessing or being under the influence of marijuana, alcohol, any controlled substance, dangerous drug or “look-alike” drug.

Progressive consequences for improper conduct on a school bus:
 
  • Progressive discipline depends on the severity of the consequence (fighting and some other more serious incidents, removal from school and bus could occur)
  • A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the principal.  The principal will warn the student and send a copy of the report to the student's parent(s) or guardian (s).
  • A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the principal.  The student is moved to the front of the bus.  The principal will warn the student and send a copy to the report to the student's parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the principal.  The student is denied bus privileges for five (5) days.  The principal will notify the student's parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the principal.  The student is denied bus privileges for ten (10) days.  The principal will notify the student's parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • A bus conduct report is written and forwarded to the principal.  The student is denied bus privileges for the remainder of the school year or for whatever length of time is deemed appropriate.  The principal will notify the student's parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • * If a student loses bus privileges, it will be the parent (s) or guardian (s) responsibility to transport the student
 
BUS SAFETY TIPS
  • Arrive at the assigned stop ten (10) minutes before bus pickup.
  • Stand on the sidewalk or the edge of the street by the curb.
  • Stay off private property.
  • Do not stand on the traveled part of the road.
  • Be respectful and watchful of traffic.
  • Wait in a quiet and orderly manner 
Waiting for the Bus
  • Always wait for the bus in a single line, stay away from traffic.
  • Be aware — cross with care! Wait until the school bus has stopped all traffic before stepping out onto the road. 
  • Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop.
  • Do not push or shove to get on or off the bus.
On the Bus
  • When getting on the bus, stay away from the danger zone, make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus one at a time.
  • Obey the bus driver and exhibit orderly conduct.
  • Remain seated at all times.
  • Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
  • Keep the isles clear and the bus clean.
  • Talk quietly; do not distract your school bus driver.
  • Use of profane language, eating, drinking, smoking, throwing objects, unsafe objects or weapons and vandalism may result in disciplinary action. Criminal conduct may be referred to law enforcement.
Leaving the Bus
  • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Leave the bus in an orderly manner.
  • Leave at your assigned bus stop.
  • Cross in front of the bus. Reminder to all MOTORIST:  It is a violation for a vehicle to pass a school bus while the red lights are
COVID-19 Transportation Code of Conduct
  1. Families and students must remain vigilant for symptoms. Students must stay home and may not use transportation if experiencing flu-like symptoms, if any member of their household is experiencing flu-like symptoms or have had a positive case of COVID.
  2. Students are directed to sit one student per seat, near the window then one near the aisle.  Siblings may sit together.  Students must stay seated and silent during the bus ride.  Students will face forward for the duration of the trip and keep their feet on the floor in front of them and out of the bus aisle.
  3. Students will seat the bus back to front during loading and exit front to back when they are unloading.
  4. Students will get on or off the bus only at their assigned stop.
  5. All students are required to wear a mask while on the bus to and from school, including all after school activities.
  6. Students will need to adhere to the student code of conduct as it relates to buses.
 
FAQ about Transportation
  1. Will all students, regardless of their proximity to their school, be bused?  No, only students K-6 who live further than .7 miles from Kelly Primary and Turner Intermediate will receive busing from our bus provider, AJ Myers.  All others attending Kelly Primary and Turner Intermediate will be considered walkers. 
  1. When will my student receive their bus information? All students will receive a transportation letter with their bus stop information 2 weeks prior to school starting.
  1. The bus goes right down my street. Why can’t the bus stop at my house? Bus stops are centrally located for all students. In most cases we try to use intersections which are easy to locate and where motorists are more alert to pedestrians. The district attempts to keep the number of stops minimized thus keeping the buses moving and reducing ride times. It is not feasible to stop at every driveway. Also, stopping at every driveway inconveniences the motoring public causing them to become impatient trying to get around the bus and compromising safety.
  1. I think my child has too far to walk to the bus stop, can the stop be moved closer to my house?  Pennsylvania State Law allows a district to ask a child, regardless of age, to walk up to a mile and a half to a bus stop. The average walking distance to a school bus stop for students in the Wilkinsburg School District is less than 1/4 of a mile. No children in the district have to walk 1 1/2 miles. Bus stops and schedules are not changed for this reason. 
  1. I just moved into the district and my child attends a charter school, will busing be provided?  We are obligated to provide some form of transportation while we transport our own students. We provide Charter School, Private School, and Parochial students with a Port Authority Monthly Connect Card. Unlimited usage during school calendar days. If your student attends Propel Schools and is in PreK – 5th grade, Propel has their own buses for Wilkinsburg residents. You need to contact the propel transportation department for information. 
  • If your student attends Propel Schools and is in PreK – 5th grade, Propel has their own buses for Wilkinsburg residents. You need to contact the propel transportation department for information. For additional information, please contact IonadiD@WilkinsburgSchools.org.