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Transportation

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Ray school students include walkers, bikers, bus riders and car riders. Each mode of arrival has its own safety and security needs. Parents and the school district must work together to meet high standards of safety and behavior. Please read the information below for students walking, or riding bicycles, or riding the bus, for parents driving students to and from school, parking, and irregular arrivals and departures.

Student Walkers
. Children who walk should not arrive at school before playground supervision begins at 7:45 a.m. Children may remain on the playground after school only if a parent or other adult accompanies them. All others must begin their walk home as soon as they are dismissed.

Safety Guidelines for Walkers
  • Walk. Do not run into the street. Cross only at street corners.
  • Watch for turning cars from both the left and the right.
  • Never cross or enter the roadway from between parked cars.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the roadway, facing traffic.
Student Bikers. Students may ride bicycles to school with written parental permission. The school is not responsible for bicycles on school grounds. Bike racks are provided, and bike locks are recommended. An extra key or a record of the combination should be kept at home.

Safety Guidelines for Bikers
  • We strongly support the use of bicycle safety helmets.
  • Students must walk their bicycles on school property.
Bus Riders. A large percentage of our students are bused to and from school by the school district. Hanover and Dresden schools share buses, and schedules are coordinated. Bus routes and schedules are published at the school web site and mail-out booklet, as well as in The Valley News in late August. For additional information about schedules, call the SAU business manager (643-6050).

The school bus may arrive at your stop as much as five minutes early. Children should be at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time. The school is to be notified by the bus company if a bus will be more than 15 minutes behind schedule and/or if a bus stop is missed. If there will be a delay of more than 30 minutes, the SAU business manager will call WTSL/WGXL-92 (92 FM, 1400 AM). Parents should listen to the radio rather than call the SAU, so telephone lines remain available for office communication.

Parents may not accompany children on the school bus. On the first day of school, one adult PTO volunteer will ride the bus as a helper. A parent may wish to drive to school in the morning to briefly meet a young child taking the bus for the first time. If so, please do not follow directly behind the bus, and please park in the parking lot before meeting the child

Bus riders will be expected to ride his/her regular bus and get off at the regular stop. Note: Kindergarten students who take the midday bus home MUST be met at the bus stop. Changes from normal expectations can be very confusing to children, and challenge our already complex dismissal and bus-loading system. If possible, parents are requested to provide private transportation for after-school visits and activities. Parents must provide a signed note if:
  • the child must take a bus other than his/her regular one
  • the child is to be picked up at school rather than riding the bus
  • the child will walk or bike to another’s house after school instead of riding the bus
  • the child is to be picked up at school by someone other than the parent or guardian.
Bus drivers may by-pass roads when they are unsafe. Parents in areas so affected should make alternate plans for both morning and afternoon runs.

Carry-Ons. Bulky, unusual, or dangerous equipment may not be carried on the school bus. Sports equipment for use after school must be stored during the day in areas designated by the classroom teacher. Sports equipment for use at recess must be approved by faculty. Animals may not be transported on the school bus, even for special projects such as ”show and tell”. (Prior permission for animals in school must be received from the classroom teacher and school nurse.)

Problem Solving. Day-to-day issues concerning discipline, behavior and unusual daily circumstances such as late or early buses, missed stops, etc., should be referred to the school principal. For disciplinary issues, the principal may take action in accordance with seriousness of the offense, such as assigning seats, or temporary or permanent suspension from the bus.

Questions about the bus contractor (equipment, driver qualifications, behavior, etc.), or operating issues related to routes, schedules, stops, etc. should be referred to the Assistant Superintendent for Business (603-643-6050).

School Bus Rider Responsibilities and Bus Discipline Procedures. It is important that you read and sign the letter (sent home in the opening day packet of forms) from Assistant Superintendent for Business John Aubin regarding the School Bus Rider Responsibilities and Bus Discipline Procedures. Signing this letter certifies that you have read the material provided on the Ray Website outlining our School Bus Rider Responsibilities and Bus Discipline Procedures and Administrative Guidelines. (see Ray School Main Web page, Bus Transportation in the left sidebar.)

Car Riders. Parking is at a premium and traffic flow is difficult, both before and after school. Children should walk, bike or ride the school bus whenever possible to reduce traffic problems. We discourage engine idling. Drivers must adhere to the following rules:
  • Use the first driveway to your right after entering the main entrance. Do not use the bus and staff entrance zone between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
    The driveways and circle area are NO PARKING zones except with handicapped authorization. DO NOT LEAVE CARS UNATTENDED IN THIS AREA.
    Pick up and discharge passengers at the right-hand curbside ONLY.
    Children should not cross the school driveway unless escorted by an adult. Parking during school hours is allowed only in the main parking lot. Private vehicles must not park along the main driveway, enter the bus-loading zone, or block other vehicles or exits in the parking lot.
    Respect the needs of those who must use the handicapped areas.
    Respect the safety needs of the bus drivers.
    Please observe the 10 MPH speed limit in our parking lot.