Important reminders for parents:
Drop-Off for Kindergarteners:
Parents/guardians are required to receive their kindergarten age children when dropped off at the
bus stop. If a designated parent or guardian is not at the bus stop when the bus arrives, your child will be returned to school, and you will have to pick up your child from school, or in some cases the Transportation Center.
Drop-Off for First Grade and Older:
Students in 1st grade and older will be released at the bus stop without a parent present to receive them. If you do not want your child getting off the bus alone, it is your responsibility to make sure someone is present at the bus stop to receive the child.
Drop-Off Time Variations:
Drop off times in the afternoon are an estimate. Drop off times will vary and are likely to be inconsistent due to a number of circumstances. For example: number of students utilizing the bus that day, when the bus actually gets released from school, and traffic conditions which are unpredictable.
Peek operating hours at the transportation department are from 5:30 AM - 9:30 AM, and from 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM. During these time frames, phone lines tend to be busiest. If you have a non-urgent question or concern, please place your inquiries to the transportation department by email, or between the quieter hours of 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. This will afford us more time to adequately address your questions.
Weather related closings / early dismissals / late starts:
When Upper Darby public schools experience unscheduled weather related closings, delayed starts or early dismissals, private and charter school bus routes will follow the same protocol:
- If Upper Darby public schools are closed due to weather conditions, no transportation will be provided to any private or charter school either.
- If Upper Darby public schools open on a delayed start schedule (typically a 2 hour delay), all private and charter school buses will pick up their students on a delayed schedule as well.
- If Upper Darby public schools dismiss early due to weather conditions, all private and charter school buses will pick up their students early as well.
10 Day Rule:
If a student is the only passenger assigned to a bus stop, and if that student does not ride the bus for a consistent ten (10) school days, then the bus driver will make the stop “inactive,” and will no longer visit the bus stop. If the student needs to start using the bus again, a simple phone call to transportation will reinstate the bus stop. Please notify transportation a day in advance if you will need to start utilizing transportation services again.
Parent Link Messages:
The transportation department will make every attempt to notify parents if any of our public school buses are running an excess of 15 minutes late. Please be aware that currently, our phone-blast system is not capable of making robocalls to private/nonpublic school parents.