As a part of the expenditure reductions, four different transportation changes were
adopted when the Board recently approved the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Operating Budget
that will save the school system approximately $890,000. These changes, effective
August 26 for the start of the 2013-14 school year, include: four new elementary
schools added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions
to the HCPS transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school
students, and consolidated bus stops established for both middle and high school
bus routes. Those families affected by the changes have been sent letters in the
mail. Read the full press release
To view the letters specific to your child’s school, please see their Edline pages.
The links have been provided below for your convenience.
An essential component of the education process is the safe and efficient transportation
of students to and from school. The successful completion of this task relies on
the shared responsibility of drivers, students, parents, schools, and Transportation.
Harford County Public School buses transport approximately 36,000 children on 500
buses everyday to and from school, travelling nearly 42,000 miles daily. To ensure
safe and reliable service, Harford County Public Schools Transportation takes great
pride in our driver training program and fleet maintenance.
The pupil transportation system in Harford County is operated under State and Local
policies and guidelines established by the Maryland State Department of Education
and the Harford County Board of Education. The Transportation Services Department
emphasizes the following policies for parental information:
Transportation rules apply to all students riding school buses to and from Harford
County Public Schools. In addition, all other policies adopted by the Board of Education
regarding student behavior on school property will be enforced on Harford County
Public Schools' buses. Please see page 19 of the Student Handbook.
Students who are assigned to ride Harford County Public School buses must assume
certain responsibilities. Misconduct, carelessness, and thoughtlessness are hazardous
to the safe operation of the school bus. The bus is an integral part of the total
school program; and the driver, who is an adult in a position of authority, must
insist on appropriate behavior.
Each student will receive a copy of the “Transportation Rules for Students” which
is located in the Parent-Student Handbook & Calendar. These rules will be reviewed
and interpreted for the students on an annual basis by school personnel. Violation
of these rules must be reported to the school principal. When a principal is advised
of a violation of the “Transportation Rules for Students” and where the principal
determines, as a result of their investigation, that a violation of the “Transportation
Rules for Students” has occurred, the student may face consequences. Please click
here to view page 21 of the Handbook for information regarding the referral process.
Withdrawal of transportation services for a day shall be defined as a day that school
is in session. Students and their parents should be aware that misbehavior on school
buses may also have other serious consequences. Specifically, violation of the “Transportation
Rules for Students” may result in a suspension from school. Furthermore, any act
by a student which contributes to a school bus accident will be reported to the
police officer investigating the incident.
Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operation of a school’s
transportation system. If the transportation program, as a whole, is to function
effectively, the parents must assume their responsibilities to the program and extend
cooperation and support to the people charged with its operation.
Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be temporarily
or permanently revoked if the “Transportation Rules for Students” are violated.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they leave
home in the morning until the time they board the school bus and, at the end of
the school day, from the time the school bus departs the bus stop and the children
reach home. Once the child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the
bus driver and the school administration
In order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the student transportation
program, parents must also accept the responsibilities to:
Bus routes are set up to fully utilize all buses, provide safe and efficient service,
and maintain a reasonable ride time for students. Per The Annotated Code of Maryland,
the following criteria are used in establishing bus routes and stops.
Harford County Public Schools have implemented additional rules to enhance the safety
of our pupil transportation program. For example, students are only permitted to
cross in front of the school bus, and door-side service is provided on high speed,
high volume state roads that have been identified as such by Transportation.
Having children know their bus number, their stop location and when to meet their
bus is essential. More importantly, however, is for them to know how to ride their
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