The Transportation Office supports both regular yellow bus transportation and special education transportation. In addition, the Transportation Office provides yellow bus transportation for private schools in Andover including St. Augustine’s, The Pike School, and Andover Montessori School as permitted by statute. The Transportation Coordinator manages both regular and special education transportation and school crossing guard service.
2020-2021 School Transportation
August 20, 2020
Back to school has certainly been a topic for discussion over the last few weeks. After many weeks of hard work and determination by the APS Staff, the school committee made the difficult decision to transport students in grades K-6 only for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. There will be no transportation offered for students in grades 7-12.
Traditionally we provide transportation to all qualifying students in grades K-12. Bus passes were required for students in grades 6-12 and needed to be purchased by the end of July. There was a fee for bus service for students in grades 7-12 and no fee for grade 6 students.
Guidelines for spacing and cleaning were imposed on school transportation by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). These spacing restraints will have a substantial effect on students (and parents) for the start of school. Bus capacity was cut by a third, meaning a full bus capacity of 77 students is now limited to 25.
A survey went out to parents last week which included a preference on transportation for elementary students. As soon as we have the results tallied the transportation department will begin building bus routes for the students that have requested bus transportation. Once completed they will be posted on this web site.
We know this may be an inconvenience for some parents but please know the staff at APS worked hard to develop back to school models that meet all guidelines and provide transportation with the limited spacing restrictions placed on schools and school buses. We appreciate your patience as we work through this new back to school process.