Harford schools release bus routes and schedules

2011-12 school year starts Monday, Aug. 29

August 08, 2011|By AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Harford County Public Schools has released school bus schedules and routes for the 2011-12 school year which begins Monday, Aug. 29.

The schedules are posted online. To access the route page on the school system's website, click here.

According to the school system, approximately 35,000 of the 38,000 public school students in Harford County are transported by school buses daily.

Since routes are based on estimated fall enrollments, school officials remind parents and students to expect minor adjustments in bus loads and schedules during the first week of school in order to alleviate any overcrowded buses.

Students attending Harford Technical High School, the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, the Global Studies Program/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School, the Natural Resources and Agricultural Science Magnet Program at North Harford High School and the daytime Alternative Education Program will be contacted by postcard with their bus information.

If a postcard is not received by the student by Aug. 22, the HCPS Transportation Department should be contacted at 410-638-4092.

Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School students living in the Aberdeen High attendance area will ride the Aberdeen High School bus that provides service to their neighborhood (please see Aberdeen High School bus routes).

Global Studies Program/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School students living in the Edgewood High attendance area will ride the Edgewood High School bus that provides service to their neighborhood (please see Edgewood High School bus routes).

Natural Resources and Agricultural Science Magnet Program at North Harford High School students living in the North Harford High attendance area will ride the North Harford High School bus that provides service to their neighborhood (please see North Harford High School bus routes).

John Archer School and any elementary Pre-K program students will be contacted by their bus drivers, as will all other students riding a special needs bus, both in county and out-of-county. If a postcard is not received by the student by Aug. 22, 2011, the HCPS Transportation Department should be contacted at 410-638-4092.

Disclaimers

The school system has issued a news release about the routes that contains several disclaimers about the schedule.

According to the school system, bus routes are planned so that a maximum number of children are picked up and discharged at the nearest stop to their homes. Generally, bus stops are located at least one-fourth mile apart.

Bus drivers will inform the children of the designated stops during the first few days of school.

According to the schedule, the morning arrival time for each bus is the estimated time of the first stop the bus will make on its morning run. This time may vary several minutes during the first few days of school until each driver is able to establish a definitive schedule. Students should plan to be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.

Students attending magnet programs (Harford Technical High School, Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, Global Studies Program/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School, Natural Resources and Agricultural Science Magnet Program at North Harford High School), as well as the daytime Alternative Education Program, should plan to be at the bus stop at least ten minutes before the scheduled pick up time.

Children who plan to use bus transportation are encouraged to ride the bus beginning the first day of school to facilitate the establishment of the time schedule and the busload.

According to the schedule, the afternoon return time to home for each bus may be longer at the beginning of the school year to accommodate students adjusting to new school settings. Once the schedule has been established, there will be a normal drop-off time for each student, according to the school system news release.

Pupil Transportation Rules will be distributed to each student on the first day of school and discussed in class. Parents are urged to review the rules with their children, which can be found on the HCPS website http://www.hcps.org or in the Parent-Student Handbook and Calendar.

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