Students who live over half a mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Busing is also provided for students who attend non-public schools located within 15 miles of the child’s home. State law requires that parents annually file, prior to April 1, a written request with the Business Office for non-public school transportation.
We want our students’ ride on Merrick school buses to be a pleasant and safe one. Parents are urged to be sure their children understand that disorderly behavior is extremely dangerous on a moving bus. Children must remain seated and obey the driver. If necessary, school officials may suspend a child’s bus riding privileges.
• Cross 10 feet in front of the bus, waiting for the driver’s signal to cross.
• Never cross behind a bus.
• Keep head and arms inside the vehicle at all times.
• Remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop.
• Enter and leave the bus only when it is completely stopped.
Many of our students walk or ride bikes to school, with their parents’ permission. Each school has bike racks where children can chain and lock their bikes. Residents should be particularly alert to our young children during the hours of arrival and dismissal from school. Remember, the safety of our students is a cooperative effort on the part of the community, parents and drivers. Let’s all work together to make this a safe year for Merrick students.