The policy of the Centennial School Board in regard to the walking limits to district schools is as follows:
Secondary Schools - 1½ miles
Elementary Schools - 1 mile
Kindergarten - ½ mile
These limits are well within the State established walking limits. Bus transportation to school will be provided for those students living beyond these limits or in areas designated with Hazardous Routes. Walkers will not be permitted to ride the bus to or from school.
Bus schedules for the 2014-2015 school year have been posted. Please click on the link "2014-2015 Bus Schedules" located in the upper left corner.
INFORMATION REGARDING CHILD CARE AND TRANSPORTATION
At a meeting in March 2012, the Centennial School Board of Directors approved a change in the transportation services provided to our community as a result of the consolidation of our elementary schools. The below chart depicts the day care facilities for which we will provide school bus transportation for each elementary school beginning in September:
Davis McDonald Willow Dale
Children of America 345 Knowles Avenue Southampton, PA 18966
Children of America 880 Jacksonville Rd. Ste 105| Ivyland, PA 18974
Children of America* 1187 York Road Warminster, PA 18974
First Childrens’ Academy 528 Street Road Southampton, PA 18966
Children of America 1187 York Road Warminster, PA 18974
Learning Experience** 886 York Road Warminster, PA 18974
Jolly Toddlers 275 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 18966
Kiddie Academy 260 Veterans Way Warminster, PA 18974
School House Learning Center* 295 W. Street Road Warminster, PA 18974
Jolly Tots 615 Belmont Avenue Southampton, PA 18966
Kindercare Learning Center 229 Newtown Road Warminster, PA 18974
School House Learning Center 131 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 18966
School House Learning Center 295 W. Street Road Warminster, PA 18974
If you plan to use a pickup or dropoff location other than your home address, you must fill out a Child Care Form (available at all elementary schools) and submit this form so that the alternate transportation arrangements can be scheduled. These forms must be submitted each year - if you are planning to use the same day care arrangements as last year, you must still fill out a new form for this school year.
GENERAL RULES FOR RIDING ON THE CENTENNIAL SCHOOL BUS
Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. There may be no change in this policy except in an emergency, or with the filing of a Child Care Arrangement form which is available in each school office.
Late buses are provided from secondary schools on most afternoons during the school year for students remaining after school. Vehicles depart WTHS at 4:00pm and go to Klinger and Log College Middle Schools for a 4:15 departure.
Bus transportation to and from school is a privilege. Students are expected to conduct themselves as young adults while on buses. Smoking, distracting the bus driver, or any unsafe acts or misconduct will not be tolerated.
While students are on a bus, the driver acts in the capacity of the parent or teacher. Students are required to follow the driver’s directions at all times. Students who misbehave may be suspended from bus privileges. If a youngster loses bus privileges, parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.
Specific information regarding bus privileges may be found in all Secondary Student Handbooks and on specially prepared handouts which are distributed to each elementary child who rides a bus.
Transportation (Policy 4.14)
Guidelines for Transportation
A. Transportation on the buses and vans of the Centennial School District is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to exhibit appropriate behaviors while on school buses. Failure to do so could result in the loss of bus privileges.
B. The established state guidelines for walking/riding limits are 1 and ½ miles for kindergarten and elementary and 2 miles for secondary students. However, in the interest of student safety the Centennial School Board has chosen to provide bus transportation for kindergarten children living more than ½ mile from their school, for elementary students living more than 1 mile from their school, and for secondary students who live more than 1 and ½ miles from their school. Walking/riding boundaries are available in the office of each school principal.
In addition, the District will transport students whose walking route is designated by the Board as hazardous.
C. Stops will generally be located no closer than 1500 feet from each other. However, on hazardous routes, stops may be scheduled as close as, but no closer than, 500 feet of each other.
D. Transportation shall also be provided to any special education student whose IEP requires such service.
E. Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned. Students not scheduled to ride a bus are not permitted to ride buses to or from school.
F. Students whose child care arrangements have been approved for school attendance purposes shall be eligible for District transportation as per Section II.B. of this policy. That transportation pertains only to the distance from the child care location to the school, and from the school back to the child care provider. Transportation between the child’s home and the child care provider is the responsibility of the parent.
G. Supervision of children until the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the day is the responsibility of the parents.
BUS RIDER RULES AND REGULATIONS
A. Previous to loading (on the road and at school)
Be on time at the designated stops, not more than ten minutes early, no less than five minutes prior to arrival, to keep the bus on schedule.
Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board the bus.
Do not push or crowd when boarding.
Be careful in approaching bus stops.
Be considerate of private property, i.e., keep off lawns.
Be orderly at bus stops.
Do not board the bus at school loading zones until the bus comes to a complete stop.
B. On the bus
Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times.
Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.
No eating, drinking, or smoking on the bus.
Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, etc. must be paid for by the offender.
Remember that loud talking, laughter or unnecessary confusion distracts the driver and may result in a serious accident.
Leave no books, lunches or other articles on the bus.
Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisles.
No pets are permitted on the bus.
Do not throw anything on the bus out of the bus window.
Take a seat as soon as you board the bus. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.
Share your seat with others. If the bus is filled, ride three to each seat.
Horseplay is not permitted around or on the school bus.
Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow students and the driver.
Learn how to get off the bus in case of an emergency. The driver will show you the procedure when bus drills are held.
Absolute quiet is necessary when approaching a railroad crossing.
Follow the directions of the driver at all times.
C. When leaving the bus
Cross the road when necessary, at least 10 feet in front of the bus, but only after looking to be sure that no traffic is approaching from either direction.
Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop unless authorized by school officials.
Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
D. Extracurricular trips
The above rules and regulations apply to any trip under the school sponsorship.
Students shall respect the wishes of a competent chaperone or other person appointed by the school.
Athletic coaches or faculty sponsors are responsible for the conduct of riders on athletic or activity trips.
E. General bus regulations
Follow directions of the bus driver at all time.
Do not stand while bus is moving
Do not eat on bus
Do not throw away paper or trash in or out of the bus
Keep head and arms inside
Note: Failure to follow these rules will result in loss of bus privileges.