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Student Transportation

The PC Manchester Regional Board of Education is responsible for developing regulations and procedures for safe and efficient student transportation services. The school district handles the transportation requirements for students attending PC Manchester Regional High School as well as non-public schools, choice schools and vocational schools.
 
The PC Manchester Regional High School provides transportation based on the rules and regulations set up by the State of New Jersey. As such, student eligibility is based on distance from the home to the school the student is attending. To be eligible for transportation the student must reside more than 2.5 miles away from the school (classified students do not have such restrictions).
 
The PC Manchester Regional High School does not own its own bus fleet.  Routes are contracted out through the Passaic County Educational Services Commission. This is done to achieve cost savings to the district, especially with routes for out of district students (as the Ed Services Commission will attempt to provide multiple districts on the same route to help defray the costs. 
 
Eligibility for transportation does not guarantee that the student will in fact be on a bus. A factor to keep in mind is cost. At the beginning of the year the costs for each route are calculated on a per student basis. If that cost exceeds a dollar amount as determined by the state, the school district cannot provide bussing, instead providing what is called Aid-in-Lieu, which is in essence money in lieu of bussing. The only routes exempt from this calculation are for classified students. 
 
For more information in regards to the rules / regulations of student transportation, please visit the New Jersey Student Transportation website here .
 

Frequently Asked Questions - taken in part from FAQ on NJ Student Transportation website

Q. Who must be transported?

 

A. In accordance with state law, N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1, all public elementary school students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles from their school and all public secondary school students (grades 9-12) who live more than two-and-a-half miles from their school are entitled to transportation. These students are said to live "remote from school." Whenever a school district is required to provide transportation to students attending regular public school programs, students attending nonpublic schools who meet those distance requirements may also be entitled to transportation services. In addition, any student classified with special needs who either meets these distance requirements or for whom transportation is required in the student's Individual Education Plan must be transported.

 

Q. How is the distance between a student's home and school measured?

 

A. Measurement is made by the shortest distance along public roadways or walkways between the entrance to the student's home and the nearest public entrance of the school building. This measurement is for eligibility purposes only and is not necessarily the travel path to or from school.

 

Q. Who is responsible for transportation to charter and choice schools?

 

A. The transportation of students to and from a charter school is the responsibility of the board of education of the school district in which the student resides. Students who reside less than remote from their charter school are eligible for transportation in accordance with the policies of the district board of education in which they reside.

 

The transportation of students to and from a choice school is the responsibility of the board of education of the school district in which the student resides.

 

Q. Are there any limits on nonpublic school transportation?

Yes, there are several limits on nonpublic school transportation. They are:

 

  • The school must be a nonprofit school;
  • The school must be located within the state, except for certain counties of the third class (Warren);
  • The school may be located no more than twenty miles from the student's home;
  • The cost of the transportation may not exceed the annual maximum expenditure set by law each year ($884 for the 2015-2016 school year);
  • Students must be in grades kindergarten through grade 12; and
  • Students must meet the entrance age requirements for students in the resident public school district.

If the cost of the transportation to be provided to the nonpublic school student will exceed the annual maximum expenditure, the school district cannot provide the transportation but instead pay the student's parent or legal guardian the maximum expenditure amount. The maximum expenditure for the transportation of nonpublic school students cannot exceed $884 for the 2015-2016 school year.

In the 2015-2016 school year, transportation services are also extended to students living in third-class counties or second-class counties with a population of less than 235,000 who reside no more than 30 miles from their nonpublic schools located within the state. This applies to Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex and Warren counties.

 

 

Q. Who is responsible for safe travel along public roadways or walkways?

 

A. Case law has long held that safety along public roadways and walkways is a municipal responsibility. It is for this reason that municipalities install sidewalks, traffic signals and signs, and paint crosswalks. Pursuant to section 40A:9-154.1 of New Jersey statute, school crossing guards are appointed by the municipality and are under the supervision of the chief of police or other chief law enforcement officer.

 

 

Q. What is being done to ensure that students are safely transported to and from school?

 

A. School buses are inspected at least twice each year by special school bus inspection teams from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

 

School bus drivers are required to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a passenger and school bus endorsement, and, therefore, are also required to meet federal standards for alcohol and drug testing. The standards include testing upon initial employment followed by random tests. In addition, school bus drivers must undergo a physical examination every two years, a criminal background check upon initial employment and at the time of renewal of their CDL, and submit an annual driver's abstract (i.e., a history of motor vehicle violations).

 

 

 

Student Eligibility to Passaic County Technical School / Eastern Christian High School / Mary Help of Christians Academy
 
In the winter of 2016 the Passaic County Manchester Regional School District commissioned Schwanewede / Hals Engineering to complete a busing study for the students of Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park. The purpose of this study was to determine student eligibility for transportation to four schools:
 
  • Passaic County Manchester Regonal Board of Edcuation
  • Passaic County Technical School
  • Eastern Christian High School
  • Mary Help of Christians Academy
 
The study involved a representative from Schwanewede / Hals Engineering walking the streets of the three boroughs with a measuring wheel to determine distance. The Board of Education believed that this information would be vital in assisting students / parents / guardians in making decisions about what high school their student would attend.
 
To see if you qualify for busing, please first select your Borough of Residency below (opens in Microsoft Word):
The map showing the breakdown of eligible versus ineligible routes can be found here:
 
If you have any questions or concerns about these distance determinations please call John Serapiglia at 973-389-2842 or email him at jserapiglia@mrhs.net
Non public Information
 
For information about non-public routes, including time frames and aid-in-lieu, please click here.