Bus Transportation Bus Transportation

Transportation will be provided for children attending the Central Falls School District in the following categories:

1) Students with IEP mandated transportation which has been through a formal approval process involving the nurse and the education team.

2) Pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second-grade children residing more than ½  radial mile from their assigned school will be provided transportation.

3) The following situations will be considered for appeal if there is available seating on the district’s school buses:

a.   Sibling has transportation based on 1) or 2) above and is going to the same school

b.   Family hardship (including but not limited to documented medical): These hardships will be

  reviewed and prioritized for our youngest students and those who live furthest from their school.

4) All other students in grades three through twelve are expected to find their own transportation to their assigned schools. Rules for Students Riding School Buses

All students utilizing the transportation services provided by the school department must abide by the following regulations pertaining to travel on such vehicles.

  1. There is to be no smoking or vaping at any time by anyone riding on the bus. 

  2. There is no eating or drinking anything but water.

  3. No pens, pencils, crayons, or markers should be used on the bus.

  4. Each student must be seated and remain seated at all times while the bus is in motion.

  5. All students that are required to be in a harness, car seat, or seat belt will make use of such being provided.

  6. No windows are to be opened at any time without the permission of the driver in charge.

  7. No unruly or negative behavior which in any way affects the safety and welfare of other student passengers will be tolerated.

  8. Any act of violence or bullying will not be tolerated.

  9. All passengers will abide by the instructions and directions as given by the bus driver who must be in complete control at all times of the vehicle and its passengers.

Any student reported in violation of the above rules by the driver in charge will be suspended from further participation in the use of Central Falls School Department-owned or leased vehicles.

Our first concern is the safety of all students riding the bus.  As parents, your cooperation and support are solicited so that no serious injury will occur during these scheduled trips.

Source:  Policy Manual

Approved:  Central Falls Schools’ Board of Trustees, October 3, 2019.

Q & A Section:

Q. How is the distance measured?
A. The distance is measured by using the shortest walking path from your residence to and from the school.

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions on transportation?
A. Please contact the Transportation Dept. 401-727-7700, extension 4023.

II. Miscellaneous

Q. Can I have a bus stop closer to my home?
A. Bus stops are centrally located to serve all students.

Q. Will the bus routes and bus stops remain the same?
A. Not necessarily. Your student will be notified of any changes in route schedules by their school bus driver prior to the change.

III. Out-of-District Transportation Information
For more information on out-of-district transportation please visit Rhode Island Department of Education.