Minimizing the amount of time spent on a school bus reduces student fatigue and limits opportunity for student conflicts. In an effort to reduce ride times, the district initiated a large scale rerouting project in September 2009, and subsequently consolidated neighborhood stops thereby reducing ride times and operating costs without compromising the safety of our students.
According to state law (New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:27-1.2), students are eligible to receive transportation to/from school as follows.
"Transportation shall be provided to public school students who reside remote from their assigned school of attendance…and special education students who reside remote from their assigned school or who require transportation services in accordance with their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
• The words “remote from the school of attendance” shall mean beyond two and one-half miles for high school students….and beyond two miles for elementary school students.
•For the purpose of determining eligibility for student transportation, measurement shall be made by the shortest route along public roadways or public walkways from the entrance of the student’s residence nearest such public roadway or public walkway to the nearest public entrance of the school which the student attends."
In essence the state has determined that two and one-half miles is an appropriate distance for a high school student to walk, however the Freehold Regional High School District has established a maximum walking distance of .50 miles with a target distance of approximately .30 miles. Despite the significantly shorter distance, the majority of bus stops will not be visible from the student’s home. We continue to encourage families to make the necessary arrangements to have the children escorted to the bus stop.
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