The Kindergarten Ride Home
All Kindergarten students will be assigned to the front few seats of the bus and reminded to put on their seat belts. Unless you hear differently from the Transportation Office, you can assume your child will be riding the same bus they come in on (this will start in January).
NO Kindergarten student will be left alone at a designated stop.
Any kindergarten student that does not have older siblings MUST be met at the bus stop by the parent/guardian. If another parent offers to take your child from the bus at the stop, the drivers have been instructed to call into the office and notify them who has received your child. Kindergarten students will be allowed to get off the bus with their siblings starting in January. It is recommended that a parent or guardian be present, however, if the parent/guardian is not, and the child has no older sibling riding, the child will not be released and will be returned to the school at the end of the bus route.
Returning a child to school causes undo stress on your child, they get upset when they have to stay on the bus, so please make sure you are there to receive your child. If the bus comes to your stop, and your child is not on the bus, DO NOT PANIC, the Mendham Township Elementary School has an incredible attendance policy and the drivers also take attendance. This is done before the buses leave the property. However, sometimes miscommunications happen, and either the child has stayed for after-care, gone on a play date or just gotten confused as to whether they should have gone home or not. Do not hold up the bus. Call the Elementary office (973-543-7107) or the Transportation office (973-543-2505 ext 110).
Starting in January: school dismisses at 3:35, most buses are pulling out by 3:47. Depending on where your bus stop is along the route and where the bus is located in the line up will determine the drop off time. You can assume your child will be home between 3:47 and 4:30. After the first few days you will know the exact time of drop off on a daily basis.
Kindergarten program 12:55 dismissal. Buses don't pull out until 1:05. Expect delays the first few days.