The Norristown Area School District provides daily transportation to the following: 12 public schools, 57 non-public schools, 1 charter school, and 20 approved private placements. This amounts to approximately 6,500 students riding on approximately 300 bus routes and 70 car/van routes making in excess of 1,000 bus stops each day.
The department also transports students for the following:
· Educational trips
· Sports trips
· Band trips
· After school activities (late bus)
In order to accomplish this, the Norristown Area School District uses district buses and contracted vehicles including contracts with: First Student, Balgo Co. Inc., TransNet Co., Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, etc..
NASD transports the following students based on House Bill 1480 and Act No. 372:
-Public and non-public students in Grades K-5 who live more than 1.5 miles from school.
-Public and non-public students in Grades 6-12 who live more than two miles from school.
-Special Education students to schools of assignment based on their IEP.
-Those students who live along state defined hazardous roadways.
-Students declared Homeless
The Norristown Area School District requires students to report to their assigned bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled stop time and wait for ten minutes after the scheduled time to allow buses a 20 minute window to deal with possible traffic, weather, student problems, etc.
NASD and First Student buses are monitored by a GPS system to help ensure a safe, secure and efficient transport. This system allows us to track the location, direction, speed and time of stops for our vehicles.
We also have a hotline where you can contact us after normal hours. This line puts you in touch with a live person to address your emergency. The number is 484-390-1735.
INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
The decisions not to open the schools or to delay their opening will be announced on TV channels KYW-3, ABC-6, NBC-10, and FOX-29.
Non-public & charter students will be transported under the same guidelines as NASD students. When the District is closed due to inclement weather, the District will not transport students to any school. Also, when the District goes on a two- (2) hour delayed schedule, transportation to all schools will be delayed two- (2) hours.
In the event that a non-public/ charter school is on a 2 hour delay and the Norristown Area School District is on a regular schedule, all non-public/charter schools will be bused in accordance with the Norristown Area School District schedule. The non-public/charter schools are aware that they must have someone at their facility to receive their students.
A decision not to open District Schools constitutes a decision that all transportation of District public, non-public, and charter students has been suspended. Any non-public/ charter students whose schools are in session must provide their own transportation to and from their appropriate school.