Any student getting off at a different stop other than home/sitter is required to have a note from a parent/guardian or the school secretary. If this student does not have a note then he/she will be dropped off at their regular stop. This is for the safety of the student and bus driver.
Where possible, kindergarten students will be dropped off directly in front of their house, not at a bus stop; however, there are instances where the student is dropped at a stop. No matter where the student is dropped off, an adult must be present to meet the student. If there is nobody to meet them, they will not be allowed to exit the bus and will be taken back to the school where the school will contact the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will then be responsible for picking the student up. The same will apply to 1st graders who are dropped off in rural locations. This does not apply to 1st graders who are dropped off at a bus stop. This is to remind individuals of the State of Maine Law regarding stopped school buses:
This law states:
“It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing on school property or on any undivided highway.”
If you or someone else should happen to stop BESIDE a bus before the red lights start flashing and that bus is in the process of picking up or dropping students, PLEASE, DO NOT PASS THE BUS. It is better to be a few minutes late rather that to place the safety of a child in jeopardy. Please pass this information along to anyone who may pick up or drop off a child at school.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BUS DRIVERS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO REPORT ANY VIOLATIONS OF THIS NATURE TO THE POLICE. THIS INCLUDES PASSING A SCHOOL BUS LOADING OR DISCHARGING CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL PARKING LOT.