The safe transportation of all students is of utmost concern to the
school district. Throughout the past several years parents have
requested that bus drivers relocate various bus stops. In order to
clarify our policy, we have shown below the motor vehicle code regarding
school bus loading zones. Please note: The law prohibits a bus driver
from changing bus stops without the approval of the school district
administration. In order to ensure that the district is aware of
concerns regarding the location of bus stops, we ask that you contact
your child’s school for the proper form to be completed and forwarded to
the transportation office at Downingtown Area School District, 540
Trestle Place, Downingtown, PA 19335 or sent to school with your child
in an envelope marked district transportation.
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student may be transported to and from a daycare center / baby-sitter,
rather than his/her own residence. However, the student’s daycare
provider must reside within the same school attendance area in which the
child is enrolled. The daycare provider must reside on an existing
route, since no stops will be established outside of the attendance area
or outside of the school district boundaries.
Arrangements for stops at a daycare
provider location should be the same Monday through Friday to avoid
confusion at the school or the child. The school may assign children to
different buses for the morning pick up and the afternoon return trip,
however, as stated above, this should be consistent Monday through
Friday. If you are not making the arrangement Monday through Friday, a
schedule for the month must be provided to the school in advance. These
arrangements carry over from one school year to the next unless the
district is otherwise notified.
School Bus Loading Zones
As required by Section 3345(h) of the Vehicle Code, Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes;
Every school district transporting school
children by school bus must establish and maintain school bus loading
zones at or near all schools to or from which children are transported.
Each school district transporting children by school bus also must
establish school bus loading zones along the highways traveled by school
buses, in accordance with the Department’s regulations, Title 67,
Chapter 104 of the Pennsylvania Code.
Whenever school bus loading zones have
been established at or near a school or along a highway, it is unlawful
for a school bus operator to stop the bus to pick up or discharge school
children at any location other than loading zones.