Registration for Bus


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2021-2022 Bus Stop Routes and Times


2021-22 Bus Information

Lowell 2021-22 Bus Registration Form

Yellow school bus transportation will be available to the Lowell Students from shared pickup points throughout Watertown to their temporary school during construction. All students must register by December 14 in order to be guaranteed a seat on a bus.  After that date busing will only be available if there is room on the bus.

There is no fee for this bus, but students must register.  We are asking families who are interested in having their student ride the bus to complete this form so we can create bus routes based on interest.

Use this online form to indicate you would like your student(s) to ride the bus to their temporary Lowell school during construction during the 2021-2022 school year.  There will be a new form to complete for the 2022-2023 school year bus.

Fees

There is no charge for the Lowell bus.

Timeline

December 14

Registration Deadline; Registrations that are received after December 14 will only be considered if space allows.

December 15

Confirmation of each student’s bus registration will be emailed to the parent/guardian email address provided on the registration form.

Mid to late January

Bus stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times will be emailed to parents/guardians

Late January

Bus Passes will be distributed to students


Contact

If you have additional questions, please contact Shannon Dixon at shannon.dixon@watertown.k12.ma.us or call 617-926-7716.



Hosmer Elementary School & Middle School


School bus transportation is available to the Hosmer School and the Middle School from shared pickup points throughout Watertown. All students must register for the bus each year, even if the student rode the bus in a prior year.

Bus ridership determination is based solely on walking distance (as determined by the business office) to the school that the child attends. Please note that other criteria apply: transportation is not available to students who live less than 0.75 miles' walking distance from their school, or to out-of-neighborhood students (email or call for details).

All registrations received by June 15th will be will be processed by the WPS Business Office in early July to determine the walking distance. Registrations that are received after June 15th will only be considered if space allows.  Depending on the number of registrations we receive, we may have a waitlist for seats even if the registration is submitted by June 15th. Bus routes and scheduled pickup times will be determined based on actual ridership.

Use this online form to register for the 2021-2022 school bus.  If you are unable to complete the online form you may mail the registration however we are not responsible for mail that is misdirected or arrives after June 15th, regardless of postmark date.  You can also leave completed forms in the black mailbox located next to the right-side stairs in the Phillips Building Parking lot located off of Marshall St. 

Fees

Grade

Fee waived per, School Committee Policy and/or State law. Registration is still required.

$300 per child, family max $475

K-5

Families living 1.5 miles’ walking distance from Hosmer, except "out of neighborhood" students residing in another elementary school's district. (Transportation is not available for "out of neighborhood" students, except for students placed at the Hosmer due to capacity issues at the Lowell and Cunniff).

Families living a walking distance of less than 1.5 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the Hosmer.

 

Grade 6

Families living more than 2 miles' walking distance from the Middle School.

Families living a walking distance of less than 2 miles but more than 0.75 miles from the MiddleSchool.

Grades 7-8

 

Families living a walking distance of more than 0.75 miles from the MiddleSchool.

 

For families who want to apply, or reapply, for the 2021-2022 school year need-based fee waiver please use this link. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service will update the waiver form for the 2021-2022 school year in mid-late July. To use the fee waiver for transportation (in addition to the school food program) you must check the permission to share with the Business Office. Please note that fee waivers do not impact eligibility or take priority over the distance determination.

Timeline

June 15

Registration Deadline

July 15

Confirmation of each student’s bus registration will be emailed to the parent/guardian email address provided on the registration form

July 31

Full payment is due; if payment is not received by the due date, the seat will be considered open and will be offered to the next person on the waitlist the day after the fee due date has passed. To be fair to all we do not make any exceptions.

August 2

Bus stop location and pick-up/drop-off times will be emailed to the email address provided

Late August

Bus passes will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form

 

School Bus Routes

Buses are available to/from Hosmer Elementary School and Watertown Middle School.

The routes will be posted on the WPS Transportation webpage early August, all families whose child(ren) has a seat on the bus will also be sent the route information.

Late bus service will be provided only to Middle School students who are registered for the regular Transportation Program. The late bus will stop only at pre-determined designated stops throughout town. The late bus will depart from the Middle School on Monday through Friday at 4:30 PM.

MBTA for Students

Middle School and High School students may sign up for reduced-fare Student CharlieCards, valid on MBTA buses and subway. There are two types of Student CharlieCards available:

  • Unlimited Pass: This pass offers students unlimited access to the MBTA bus and subway system at a cost of $30 per month. This pass must be paid in two installments: $150 for September through January, then $150 for February through June. Contact the WPS Transportation Office for information on use of this pass during the summer months. If payments are not made when due the card is shut off by the MBTA.
  • Pay-As-You-Go Card: This card works like a prepaid charge card balance. Students can load money onto their passes at any MBTA kiosk. Funds are then deducted from the balance at a discounted student rate of 85¢ per bus ride and $1.10 per subway ride. There is no charge for students to obtain a pay-as-you-go card, but it will come loaded with $0 prepaid, so students are responsible for loading money onto their pay-as-you-go cards.

*The MBTA may change their fees at any time – WPS fees will change accordingly

Contact

If you have additional questions, please contact Shannon Dixon at shannon.dixon@watertown.k12.ma.us.