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AFNorth ES Transportation

General Transportation Guidance

School bus transportation is an important facet of the educational experience. The school bus is the first and last thing many of our students experience and it shapes how their day begins and ends. The following information will help your student get the most of out of their school bus experience.

DoDEA Administrative Instruction 4500.02 - Student Transportation Services 

Students are responsible for:

Complying with the behavior standards for school bus students and with the general behavior standards. Obeying the instructions of bus drivers, DoDEA personnel, and military officials. Attending and completing school bus safety training sessions when offered by the school or military installation.

For the most up-to-date information regarding student transportation and rules, please visit the AIS transportation.


From the AFNORTH International School Bus Guidelines:

Safety

These school bus transportation guidelines concern the safety and well-being of our children/students as they ride our school buses.

AFNORTH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL provides transportation for over 900 children/students aged 4-19 years. The majority of the children attending AIS ride buses contracted through a local Dutch company. These buses provide transport for the children living in South  Limburg area, the Selfkant area, as well as the Belgian side of the border.

The SAFE transportation of our students is our most important concern. AIS contracts bus transportation from responsible firms with mechanically sound vehicles with airco, qualified drivers, and bus monitors. AIS buses are equipped with rider safety belts.  The safe operation of school buses also depends on appropriate conduct by the children/students that ride those buses.

Student behavior on our school buses is a parental responsibility. Parents and guardians must make sure that their children understand the rules for riding the school bus and that they follow these rules. When children/students do not follow the rules, they make the bus unsafe for every other child/student on that bus. Child / Student misbehavior must not be allowed to distract the bus driver from safe driving. Students must show respect for bus drivers and monitors an follow their instructions.

All AIS personnel take the safety of the children/students that ride school buses very seriously. We expect parents and guardians to do the same. Please sit down with your child(ren),and go  over the School Bus information. Let’s work together to make our journey to and from school SAFE.

We are fortunate that our contracted buses have adult monitors and are equipped with a mobile phone and track and trace system (Commencing with the new contractor at the end of September 2017) should an emergency occur.

 

Transportation Policies

Transportation for AFNORTH International School (AIS) students is provided within pre- determined commuting areas. Maps of these areas may be found in the AIS Bus Coordinator’s Office (Room c1.2), the SCHINNEN and HQ JFC housing offices.

Upon your arrival in the area please be aware that services are subject to change. Please check with the bus coordinator prior regarding catchment areas for this service.

 

School Bus Transportation is a privilege, not a right.

We rely on parents and guardians to teach their children proper behavior. Accordingly, school bus rules will be strictly enforced. Students not complying with the school rules may have their riding privileges suspended or revoked and repeated offenders may have their riding privileges revoked for the rest of the school year. When this happens, sponsors will have to make their own arrangements for their children to get to school according to established school hours.

 

Eligibility for transport.

One round trip to and from school may be provided to students enrolled in ais based on the following prerequisites:

You reside outside of the walking area of school and within the designated commuting area of school.

If you choose to live outside of the commuting area then transportation is at your own expense to the school or an existing bus stop within the commuting area.

When requested by the parent or guardian, transportation may be provided to and or /from an alternate care provider such as a community day care center located within the commuting area.

The standard walking distance we try to accommodate is up to one kilometer one way for all students. There may be exceptions due to changed traffic/housing situations.

By registering for school bus transportation, parents/guardians are acknowledging responsibility for providing true and correct information. In the event that incorrect information has been given, school bus privileges may be withdrawn.

 

School Bus Information

 

Registration Data

Registration takes place in the AIS School Bus Office on Campus Room C 1.2. The office is on the left side ground floor as you enter by the main entrance of the school.

Students must be registered in the school before they can register for school bus transportation.  This data is used not only for registration purposes but also in case of emergencies, such as breakdowns, accidents and/or incidents.

If you move your station/office/home, change your address or phone number, please notify your national office AND the Bus Coordinator.

 

Student / Bus Pass

ALL children/students will be issued a STUDENT/BUS PASS.

Children/Students riding the AFNORTH International School buses have route information included on their Bus Pass/Student Pass. Only students carrying and showing a valid Bus Pass/Student Pass will be able to ride the bus. Students will only ride the bus as stated on the bus pass unless a temporary bus pass has been requested.

Loss of Pass

When a child/student discovers the loss or theft of his/her Student Pass, he/she will go to the Bus Coordinator and be issued a Temporary Pass (5 Day maximum) if applicable.

During this  time the child/student, accompanied by a parent/guardian, must report the loss or theft to the KMAR office on the JFC Headquarters. Only after the completion of the necessary forms, signed by the KMAR, will a new pass be issued by the Bus Coordinator.

Second loss of Pass

If the second pass is lost or stolen, the same procedure applies in order to replace the lost pass.

Third loss of Pass

If a third loss of a child/student pass occurs, the same system applies. However, there will be a charge of € 5 for replacement and administrative fee. Lost bus passes will only be issued to the parent, sponsor or guardian, however, repeated loss of bus passes may result in disciplinary action.

 

 

Special Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten:

For the safety of the children in PreK and Kindergarten, we require that a parent /guardian or other designated adult meet them at their bus stop after dismissal 15:30hrs and on other Early Dismissal days. Monitors will not discharge the younger children from the  bus unless there is an adult to meet them. Failure to meet your child may result in a suspension of bus privileges.

Please inform the Bus Coordinator in writing if someone other than the parent / sponsor is picking up your child(ren).

 

Temporary Bus Passes

  • Temporary bus passes (barring an emergency) will ONLY be issued to students with set days / destinations (such as the CDC or SAC).  The bus office will no longer issue temporary bus passes for day-to-day changes.
  • In an emergency / special situation, a temporary bus pass, valid up to 1 week, can be issued.  All requests MUST be e-mailed to the US-Elementary office AND the Bus Office no later than the morning of the requested change.

Please visit the AIS website's Transportation page to download full details about issuing Temporary Bus Passes.

 

Bus Routes

Bus routes are established within the commuting area for transporting children/students to and from school. The bus route boundary is established by the Board of Governors in conjunction  with the availability of adequate housing in the catchments/commuting area. Parents/guardians who choose to live outside of the catchment/commuting area are responsible for getting their children to the nearest pick up point. Changes to routes will only be authorized  by the Directorate. The catchment/commuting area for AFNORTH International School is  available in the AIS School Bus Office (C 1.2) USAG SCHINNEN and HQ JFC Brunssum Housing Offices.

 

Pickup/Drop-off

The child/student bus pass identifies:

  • Students’ name
  • Morning and afternoon bus numbers
  • Morning and afternoon bus stop location.

Bus contractors are only permitted to use scheduled bus stops designated by the chief planner. Bus stops have been established to keep walking to a minimum and are determined to be the easiest and safest access route for the students as well as for the bus. The acceptable walking distance for all grades is one kilometer one way.

 

Buses- Late Arrival

Sometimes through breakdown or traffic delays, buses may arrive late at their pickup point. In most cases, it can take some time to get this information to the Bus Coordinator.  As a general rule, we advise children/students to stay at the bus stop for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. A bus will always drive the route, but we cannot be certain how  long it will take the contractor to respond.

 

After-School Activity Bus

During The Fall Elementary after school clubs/activities, all students must pre-register for after school transportation. The elementary activity buses follow a predetermined route.

The Secondary after school activity buses are not available for use by our elementary students.

 

Misconduct on School Buses

The Bus Coordinator will initially handle all reports of misconduct or violation against AIS school bus regulations. In the event of a suspension from bus privileges, a copy of the letter will be sent to the Parent’s Base Commander.

 

School Bus Standards of Behavior

We consider the school bus ride, both to and from school, to be no less than an extension of the school day. What this means is that school rules apply to all students, no matter where they are in the school day, be it waiting at the bus stop, playing on the playground or learning in the classroom. No matter where they are during the school day, your child’s safety and security is paramount.

Because our bus drivers must focus their attention on the road and not be distracted by what is happening in the back of the bus, the behavior of our students while riding is of the utmost importance. The Board of Governors along with the Directorate have adopted rules to govern behavior on the bus that are based on common sense safety and security guidelines with a view to keeping our children safe during the trip to and from school. To that end the Board of Governors has, as well, adopted a concrete set of sanctions in order to enforce school bus guidelines.

Older students are expected to behave more maturely and thoughtfully than younger students. Therefore they will be held more responsible for the consequences of their conduct. Older students are expected to set an example for the younger students.

 

Lost Property

A lot of time is devoted by school officials to Lost Property.  Ideally your child’s property should be marked with his/her name, this can then be returned if left on or around the buses. If items with no names are handed in to the Bus Coordinator these will be kept in his office until Friday afternoon of each week then placed in the lost property box in the cafeteria.


Special Needs Student Transport

When it has been determined that a child with special needs requires transport (by the US-Elementary Case Study Committee), the appropriate office will arrange for this service. If a student with special needs will no longer be attending school, please notify the US-Elementary Office the day before if possible. Late notification means transport cannot be cancelled and expenses are incurred.

 

Privately Owned Motor Vehicles (POMV) on School Car Park

The safety of our students is of paramount importance; please observe the following rules for POMV. Parking is permitted on the school grounds between 07.30hrs and 17.30hrs with the following exceptions: the car park is closed for entry and exit at the following times:

08.35 - 09.00, 15.05 - 15.45 and on early dismissal days at 11.55 - 12.40hrs. These closures are during student bus loading and unloading times and are established for safety reasons. Bus coordinators and traffic wardens are responsible for the arrival, loading and departure of the school buses; please follow any directions given, all traffic signs will be obeyed in order to ensure the safety of our children. Any persons disregarding the safety rules will be reported to the International Military Police.

 

Bus Route Catchment Area

All information concerning bus routes and the catchment area may be picked up in the AIS Bus Office C 1.2, the Schinnen Housing office, or the JFC International Housing Office.

 

CUSTOMER SERVICES

All students must be registered with the School Bus Office (SBO) prior to riding a school bus. After registering in the National Section Office you will be directed to the Bus Coordinator’s Office to register for a bus.

 

 

Questions and concerns regarding school busing should be directed to the Bus Office (contacts listed above).

Walking Distances

The walking distance for grades 6 and below will not normally exceed 1 mile from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. Students in grades 7-12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop. These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods. 

Student Transportation / Daily Commutes

This is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, mid-day, and the return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day.

Only one trip to and from school per day is authorized for each student.

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.

Only students attending DoDEA schools, bus drivers, dispatchers, STO personnel, assigned safety/security attendants, community bus monitors, and security personnel assigned by the installation commander are authorized to ride daily commuting services. Additional authorized passengers are U.S. Military Police and host nation police while in the performance of their official duties, and persons authorized in writing by the DoDEA Principal or his or her designee, the contracting officer, or the student transportation office.

Other Student Transportation Authorizations

Daily round trip transportation may be provided to students residing outside the commuting area but are transported at their own expense to an existing school bus stop within the commuting area.

Non-federally connected, space-available, tuition-paying students may be permitted to utilize school bus commuting services on a space-available basis. Even though space-available service may be initially provided, it may be withdrawn at any time.

Off Base Transportation Availability

Transportation is available for many off base housing areas around installations with schools, however before signing a lease for an off base house please check with the STO to ensure transportation is available in that area for the school you plan your child to attend. If a family accepts housing outside of the approved commuting zone for a school then the parents relinquish their student(s)' space required eligibility for bus transportation.

A map and/or narrative description is used to identify the commuting area for each school is available at each STO.

Lost Items

If your child leaves something on the bus please call your local STO. All buses are checked for items left by the students after each trip. Items not claimed in a reasonable amount of time will be appropriately disposed.

Please go to your local STO to replace a lost school bus pass.

Pacific Region Student Transportation

Your Local School Transportation Office:

AFNORTH ES,AFNORTH MHS

AFNORTH Bus Office

Transportation

Phone: +31 (0) 455-27-8228
DSN Phone: +31 (0) 622-433-408
Calling from US: 011 31-455-27-8228

Behavior on DoDEA Buses:

  • Comply with the Behavior Standards for School Bus Students
  • Board and exit the bus in an orderly, safe manner
  • Present bus pass when boarding the bus and upon demand
  • Remain seated while on the bus
  • Talk with other passengers in a normal voice
  • Keep all parts of the body inside the bus windows
  • Keep aisles, steps, and empty seats free from obstruction
  • Remain fully and properly clothed
  • Treat the driver and fellow students with respect
  • Promptly comply with the bus driver's or monitor's instructions
  • Treat the bus and other private property with care
  • Make excessive noise or play electronic equipment without earphones
  • Use or possess unacceptable items identified in the school Code of Conduct
  • Tamper with bus controls or emergency equipment
  • Get on or off the bus while the bus is in motion
  • Fight, push, shove, or trip other passengers
  • Put objects out of bus windows or hang out of windows
  • Engage in horseplay
  • Obstruct aisles, steps, or seats
  • Engage in public displays of affection
  • Eat, drink, or litter on the bus
  • Push while boarding or exiting the bus
  • Spit
  • Harass or interfere with other students
  • Disrespect, distract, or interfere with bus driver
  • Damage private property
  • Sit in the bus driver's seat
  • Open or try to open bus door
  • Throw or shoot objects inside or out of bus
  • Use profane or abusive language, or make obscene gestures