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Bus Transportation

School Bus Policies

Boarding, Bus Stops and Bus Routes

Government Policies

Government Policies about Bus Stops and Bus Routes:

  • Approximate three (3) months are needed for arranging / rearranging the school bus routes.
  • If you are moving, please contact the Transportation Office at transportation@concordiashanghai.org once you know your new address.
  • School ONLY changes the bus routes two times a year during Christmas and Summer Holidays.
  • Parents / Guardians or other adults are NOT allowed to take school bus. Exceptions include school staff who are required to be registered as bus monitors and parents who chaperone divisional approved field trips.
  • Every individual school bus route will be monitored and recorded with the related government department. Any request of changing a bus stop temporarily by parents / guardians / responsible adults will NOT be considered without the consent of Concordia's Transportation Office.
  • Bus monitors and bus drivers DO NOT have the authority to make temporary changes to bus stops or bus routes. Please do not ask them to make accommodations for you without checking with the Transportation Office.
  • There is no guarantee that parents can pick a specific pickup or drop off spot. If you have an issue with your assigned regular drop off or pickup spot, please contact the Transportation Office.
  • There will be no buses on "non-school" days; including Faculty Work Days, Parent-Teacher Conference Days, and Holidays.

Morning and 3:35 PM Regular Bus

Morning Regular Bus Pickup

  • Students should be at the bus stop at least FIVE (5) minutes BEFORE the scheduled pickup time. 
  • The bus monitor has NO responsibility for late students.
  • The school buses are NOT obligated to wait for late students. The buses are on very tight schedules and everyone will be delayed if the bus waits. 

Afternoon Regular Bus Dismissal:

  • All school buses leave at 3:35 PM on regular school days and 11:45 AM on early release days.
  • MS and HS students should go directly to school buses and are to remain seated.
  • EC and ES students will be picked up from an assigned area. 

Seating Assignments:

  • Front seats are reserved for the youngest students, while older students sit in the rear.
  • If requested, older siblings can sit together with younger siblings.

Drop Off:

  • EC and ES parents / guardians / responsible adults are required to wait for the student(s) at the bus stop FIVE (5) minutes before the scheduled drop off time.
  • If parents wish for a non-family member to pick up their students, parents must specify which adults are able to pick up their students by notifying the Transportation Office by email at transportation@concordiashanghai.org.
  • Any EC or ES student not met at the bus stop by a parent / guardian will be kept on the school bus until we reach the parent / guardian. Meanwhile, the school bus will go on to the next stop. That student will be dropped off after the route is completed if we are able to reach the parent / guardian, otherwise the student will be brought back to campus for the parent / guardian to pick up.
  • MS and HS students can go directly home when school buses arrive at the stop.

Temporary Regular Bus Changes

Bus riders only. Does not apply to non-paid students. 

  EC and ES Students MS and HS Students

Go home with friends/classmates

Requested by a parent/guardian SIX hours or more in advance Approved by division offices or requested by parents/guardians FOUR hours or more in advance
Go ALONE to another bus stop or bus route

Normally will not be considered for safety reasons.

For special cases, a parent/guardian needs to contact the transportation office SIX hours or more in advance
Approved by division offices or requested by parents/guardian FOUR hours or more in advance. Bus route and Bus stop must be specified by division office or parent/guardian

 

4:35 and 5:40 PM Activity Bus

  • Activity bus routes will run at 4:35 PM and 5:40 PM every school day expect Wednesday.
  • ES students are only allowed to ride the 4:35 PM bus during the CCA period specified on the school calendar.
  • ES CCA participants will have first priority so our youngest riders have a reserved seat on the bus during the CCA period.
  • MS and HS students MUST book a seat by 1:00 PM on the day they wish to ride the bus. If no seats are served on a bus by 1:00 PM, the bus may be cancelled. 
  • Booking a spot using the Bus APP can be made same day or up to one semester in advance.
  • Please us the Bus APP to find the bus route closest to your location. If you need any help choosing a bus drop off point, please notify the Transportation Office by email at transportation@concordiashanghai.org.

School Bus Behavior

Expected Behaviors

Waiting at the bus:

  • Use the sidewalk and crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Always walk and stay away from the edge of the street.
  • Be at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled arrival time.
  • Always use caution and do not play games or run near the bus stop.
  • When the bus approaches, stand away from the street until the bus comes to a complete stop.

Boarding the bus:

  • Form a line and enter the bus with the younger students in the front of the line. 
  • Move along carefully and use the handrail when you are entering the bus.
  • Watch your step and go directly to the seat and sit down.
  • Fasten your seatbelt and keep your seatbelt fastened until the journey is completed.

Riding the bus:

  • Always use a considerate tone and volume when communicating on the bus.
  • Be courteous to the driver and monitor and listen carefully for their instructions.
  • Always keep your arms, legs and belongings inside the bus.
  • Animals, including pets on leashes, are not allowed on the bus.
  • Keep your feet directly in front of you on the floor.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself and do not bother your neighbor.
  • Do not eat snacks and do not drink anything except water.
  • Keep sharp objects like pens, pencils, and makeup tools in your bag. Only reading is allowed.
  • Always treat others with respect and kindness. Unkind behavior is not tolerated.

Exiting the bus:

  • Always look both ways for pedestrians, bikes, or cars before exiting the bus.
  • If you drop something, notify the bus driver so they know where you are and can wait for your to clear the area before they leave. The bus driver cannot see you directly in front of or behind the bus.
  • Always remain at least 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone" where the driver cannot see.
  • Never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into a car with a stranger. If you feel uncomfortable leaving the bus, notify the bus monitor and they will notify the Transportation Office. 
  • Always go straight home and be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Only exit the bus at your assigned bus stop. The driver and monitor are not allowed to allow students off at another stop without written permission from a parent / guardian or notification from the division office.
  • Parents should wait for students at the assigned bus stop location five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Parents should wait on the same side of the street as the bus stop. Students often get excited and may dash across the street without thinking.

Consequences

First (1st) Offense Action Steps

  • Written warning using bus discipline form.
  • Give copy of the form to the divisional office for discipline record.
  • Note sent home and phone call to parents from division office.

Second (2nd) Offense Action Steps

  • Written warning using bus discipline form.
  • Give copy of the form to the divisional office and student to see the Assistant Principal.
  • Note sent home and phone call to parents that the next issue will result in one-week suspension from the bus.

Third (3rd) Offense

  • Written warning using bus discipline form.
  • Give copy of the form to the divisional office and student to see the Assistant Principal.
  • Student receives one-week suspension from the bus.
  • Note sent home and phone call to parents that the next issue will result in expulsion from the bus for the remainder of the semester.

Fourth (4th) Offense

  • Written warning using bus discipline form.
  • Give copy of the form to the divisional office and student to see the Assistant Principal.
  • Student expelled from the bus for the remainder of the semester with NO refund.