Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tewksbury Public Schools (TPS) has adopted several new procedures and protocols with respect to School Bus transportation for School Year 2020-2021. TPS has used Guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Massachusetts Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) among other agencies to assist in providing timely and quality school transportation while addressing student and driver safety to the greatest extent possible. TPS has worked closely with our Transportation Contractors to ensure safety procedures and protocols are successfully implemented.
ROUTES FOR THE WYNN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND TEWKSBURY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE “ALL IN” SCHOOL MODEL EFFECTIVE APRIL 28, 2021 AT THOSE SCHOOLS.
ROUTES FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 6 SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE NEW “ALL IN” SCHOOL MODEL BEGINNING APRIL 5, 2021.
NEW SAFETY GUIDANCE
ALL guidance regarding school buses includes language that MASKS ARE MANDATORY for anyone riding a school bus, regardless of age. The TPS is requiring MASKS on buses and vans for both students and drivers, in the interest of student and driver safety. Please reference our Mask Protocol Policy for further details. REMINDER: Bandannas and Gaiters are NOT considered appropriate per TPS Mask Protocols.
The TPS is following REVISED guidance that allows for 2 students per bus seat.
Bus seats are assigned to align with pick up and drop off order. Siblings (in most cases) are being assigned to share a seat. Seats are numbered on the bus to assist students in finding their assigned seat. In the interest of student safety, these seating assignments supersede the past practice of seating all K students in the front of the bus at our K-4 schools.
Student and driver expectations and cleaning and ventilation protocols are contained in our comprehensive STEP 2: School Re-opening Plan on pages 29-32, which can be accessed here:
Due to the complexities of safely transporting students during this pandemic, bus change requests will take longer to implement than in the past and MAY not be able to be accommodated. Requests need to be reviewed with respect to passenger capacity, seating assignments, and timing of routes among other factors prior being approved or implemented. Please understand that changes will take time to process and families should have alternate plans in place while that process is occurring.
NEW: Basic Transportation arrangements have been posted on each student’s STUDENT PORTAL. AM BUS ROUTE CODE and PM BUS ROUTE CODE will indicate one of the following for each student: A BUS ROUTE, VAN, WALK or CAR. Please check these fields for accuracy. If families recognize incorrect transportation arrangements, they should contact their schools to address the issue.
NEW: Bus Seating assignments are complete. Seat assignments ARE posted to the STUDENT PORTAL in ASPEN
Students who utilize special education transportation services should be contacted by their driver or bus contractor and will be notified of pick up and drop off times individually.
If you have any questions regarding transportation, please email Dave Libby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus Routes 2020-2021
TMHS BUS ROUTES FOR "ALL IN" MODEL - EFFECTIVE 4/28/21