Derry Township School District A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

Transportation Services

Transportation
 
Overview
School Bus
The Derry Township School District Transportation Department transports approximately 3,150 public school students each day to and from school. In addition, the transportation department provides transportation for approximately 450 sporting events and 155 instructional trips annually. The Derry Township School District Transportation personnel safely negotiates approximately 398,700 miles annually to accomplish the district's transportation needs.
 
The District's 59 transportation and maintenance vehicles are maintained and serviced at the transportation facility shared with the Township of Derry.
 
Bus Stops
The district places utmost importance on student welfare and as such does not post student bus stops on its website or in local newspapers. If you have questions about your child’s bus stop, please contact the transportation department at 566-7422. You can also email the transportation office at any time with questions or concerns.
 
Audio/ Video Monitoring

Derry Township School District buses are equipped with cameras. Activity on school buses is recorded using audio and video equipment.

 
Bus Safety
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School bus safety is a high priority in Derry Township School District. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, transportation personnel and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while on or around the school bus. Please take a moment to review the following safety tips to help ensure our children arrive to and from school safely each day:  
  • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic. Line up at least five giant steps away from the curb or the roadway to wait for the bus.
  • Be aware – Cross with Care! Wait until the school bus has stopped all traffic before stepping out onto the road.
  • Always walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing so that the school bus driver can see you.
  • Never run after the school bus if it has already left the bus stop.
  • Never push when getting on or off of the school bus. When the school bus is moving, always stay in your seat. Never put your head, arms or hands out of the window.
  • Talk quietly; do not distract your school bus driver.
  • If your school bus crosses railroad tracks, be calm and quiet so that your driver can listen for a train. Always obey your school bus driver’s instructions, so that he or she can make safe decisions.
  • Never play with the emergency exits. Backpacks, band instruments, or sports equipment may not block the aisle or emergency exits. If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
  • When getting off of the school bus, make sure that all drawstrings and other loose objects are secure so that they don’t get caught on the handrail or the door.
  • Never cross the street behind the school bus.
  • If you leave something on the bus or drop something outside of the bus, never go back for it. The driver may not see you and begin moving the bus.

Before you put your children in your vehicle to bring them to school stop and think about these facts. School buses are designed so the children are above the crash zone protected in what is called seat confinement. Should your child be in a vehicle involved in an accident, they are much safer if that vehicle is a school bus than your car. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood states that children are seven times safer on a school bus than any other method of getting to school.

 
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