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Transportation

Welcome to Bethel Park School District Transportation Department
2016-2017 Transportation Information
If you are a parent who has an unresolved transportation issue, please click here to submit your email inquiry. We thank you for your patience as we work through your inquiries. 

2016-2017 Bus Schedules

Postcards with bus information are scheduled to be mailed around Wednesday, August 17.  Bus information is also be posted on the Sungard Home Access Center.  If you have not activated your child's Sungard account and need some assistance, please contact the building secretary at your child's school, who will be happy to assist you.  If you do not have internet access at home, there are computers at the Bethel Park Library and the librarians there will also be happy to assist you. 
 
Parents who are enrolling their students in Bethel Park for the 2016-2017 school year before Monday, August 22 will ensure their children are transported to and from school the first week of school.  Students who are enrolled after August 22 will not be eligible for district transportation until Monday, September 12.
 
If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 412-854-8414. 

Emergency School Closings

The School district is concerned about student and employee safety during inclement weather.  The decision to delay, cancel or early dismiss school due to inclement weather conditions is made by the Superintendent in conjunction with the Municipality and the National Weather Service, with the safety of our students paramount in the decision making process.  All Bethel Park parents and employees will be called via the School Messenger Notification Service as soon as a decision is made to delay or cancel.  Delay/cancellation information can also be obtained from the following outlets:

KDKA - Channel 2
WTAE - Channel 4
WPXI -  Channel 11
KDKA - AM 1020
http://www.bpsd.org/

Updates are also posted on the District's Twitter Page (bpsdinfo) as well as the District's  facebook, LinkedIn and google+ pages: under "Bethel Park School District,"

or call the Bethel Park Information Line at 412-854-8407.

If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, all Bethel Park Recreation Department activities held in school facilities are also cancelled for that day.

Two Hour Delays

Sometimes the passage of time will enable road crews to clear the roads and allow busses to warm up and transport children safely to school.  If a Two Hour Delay is called, students should arrive at their bus stops or at school two hours later than usual.

When a two-hour delay is called, all Bethel Park Kindergarten students will be on a Modified Kindergarten Schedule as follows:

  • Morning Kindergarten will attend from 11:20 AM to 1 PM.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten will attend from 2 to 3:40 PM.

Modified Kindergarten equalizes instruction for both Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten students to 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Please make a note of this new, Modified Kindergarten schedule that will be used on all days with a Two-Hour Delay.

Parents, please also be reminded that on days with delays, building staff is also on that delay, so there may not be anyone at the front door to let your child into the building, should they arrive too early. Please do not drop your child off at school before the delayed starting time.

In the event of an emergency closing, all parents should have prior arrangements made for their children. As it is not always possible to contact each person through the school's emergency calling system, children should be aware of what to do, or where to go, in the event parents are not home at the time of the emergency dismissal.

Delay/Cancellation Information For Bethel Park Students Who Are Transported To Private/Parochial Schools
 
When there is a Two Hour Delay for inclement weather in the Bethel Park School District, all Bethel Park students who attend non-Bethel Park School District schools will be transported to school two hours later than usual.
 
When the Bethel Park School District cancels school for inclement weather, all Bethel Park students who attend non-Bethel Park School District schools will NOT be transported to school that day.
 
If the Bethel Park School District decides to remain open or not delay, even though a private and/or parochial school decides to have a delay due to inclement weather, all Bethel Park students who attend private/parochial schools with a delay will still be transported to school at the REGULAR time.

Transportation to Day Care Centers

The Bethel Park School District will provide transportation only to daycare centers that are located within the attendance zone of the elementary school in which the student attends.

All daycare bus runs are based on the current attendance zones of each elementary school.   Additionally, before and after school programs are provided by Lois Johnson at all Bethel Park Elementary Schools, with the exception of William Penn Elementary School.

Please click here to see a list of which daycare centers reside in which elementary school attendance zone.

School Bus Safety Tips

Pennsylvania's school bus stopping law requires motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended to stop at least 10 feet from the bus.  Motorists approaching from all directions are required to stop.  However, motorists who encounter a school bus stopping on the opposite side of a divided highway are not required to stop.  Lanes of a divided highway are clearly separated by a divider such as concrete barriers or grassy medians.  If convicted of violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law, an individual faces a $344.50 fine plus court costs, five points on the driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
 
AAA provides these safety tips:
* Avoid distractions and stay alert.
* Expect pedestrians on sidewalks.
* Come to a complete stop at stop signs.
* Watch for bikes.
* DO NOT PASS stopped school buses. It's dangerous and ILLEGAL.
* Leave early for your destination. Avoid school zones, if possible.
* Look for crossing guards to indicate that you're approaching a school zone.

To read an article about what police are doing to cite motorists who violate school bus laws, please click here.
Transportation

Scott Ziehler
Director of Transportation
412-854-8414

Maria Quinn
Secretary
412-854-8414
Quick Links
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click above to see the answers to the most frequently asked questions of the Transportation Department, including why we do not stop at every student's home or why we can not take buses into cul de sacs.
Bus Stop Change Request Form
Please click above to download a Bus Stop Change Request Form. Please be advised that requests will not be responded to until after the first three weeks of school have concluded.
Daycare Information
Please click above to see the list of daycare facilities located in the Bethel Park School District and specifically in which attendance zones these schools are located. PLEASE NOTE: Daycare transportation will not be available outside an elementary school's attendance zone. (List updated 8-26-13)
Street Directory
Please click here to learn what elementary school your child will attend based on your street address