Manchester School District transportation coordinator: Kelly O'Brien-Hebert
Manchester Transit Authority (MTA): 623-8801, and dial 2 for school dispatch
Easter Seals Special Transit Service (STS): 668-8603, and dial 1 for school dispatch
Contact your child's school if:
- you have moved and need to change transportation
- you would like to verify your child's bus assignment
- you have a question about pickup or drop-off
- you would like to request a different pickup or drop-off location
- you have questions about transportation eligibility
Contact your bus company if:
- your student's bus is running late and you would like an estimated time of arrival
- your student has left an item on a bus
The transportation policy passed by the Board of School Committee outlines eligibility, behavioral expectations for students, and discipline for failure to comply with expectations. Additional policies related to recording devices on school buses and mandatory drug and alcohol testing of bus drivers.
Eligibility for Transportation
Students in grades 1-8 are eligible for bus transportation if they live at least 1.4 miles from their neighborhood school, or in some cases, if they are required to cross busy or dangerous streets to get to school. Kindergarten students are not automatically eligible for school bus transportation, but parents may request it by contacting their school. Please allow up to two weeks from the start of the school year for requests to be considered. Decisions to approve or deny requests often are based on space availability.
Busing for high school students is provided by a combination of public transit buses and yellow school buses.
Students with special needs and students in magnet English Learner programs may also be eligible for bus transportation.
Bus Schedules and Assignments
All bus routes and stops are reassessed every year and determined according to student needs. Bus schedules, with times and locations of morning bus stops, are published on the school district website in August.
Elementary and middle school students who are eligible for transportation will be assigned to a bus and receive notification in August. If your students will not be taking the bus, or if you need to update your address, please contact your student's school.
High school students are not assigned to a specific stop or route and may use any stop on any bus to get to or from their destination. Tickets must be purchased for either Transit or yellow buses.
- Students riding yellow school buses may purchase tickets in the high school office at a cost of $8.50 per 10 ride ticket.
- Students riding the Manchester Transit Authority buses may purchase their ticket from the bus driver or online at www.mtabus.org
Private and Charter Schools
Please direct all transportation inquiries, including requests to add or remove your child from bus service, to your child's school. Buses will not run on days the Manchester School District closes due to weather emergencies. All private school and charter school students riding Manchester School District buses are subject to the district's transportation policy.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students who become homeless during the school year need not transfer to another school and can receive transportation from the school district. Please contact your school's social worker or the school district's homeless liaison, Jocelyne Pinsonneault at 665-8686.