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Transportation & Food Services

 

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The WHSD Transportation Department is open between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and may be reached at 412-731-1300 x5  Email:  bus@whsd.net


Contact the bus garage if the bus is more than 10 minutes late or for items left on the bus:

First Student 101 Old Frankstown Rd Pittsburgh PA 15239  412-793-9600
   Bus numbers 2##, 4## and 39## (bus numbers will be on your child's transporation letter)                        

First Student 121 Wall Ave Wilmerding PA 15148   412-927-5343
  
Bus numbers W### and W41## (bus numbers will be on your child's transporation letter)                   

AJ Myers & Sons 500 Brown Ave Turtle Creek 15145  412-646-2320
  
Bus numbers 6## (bus numbers will be on your child's transporation letter) 

 AKS 119 Wall Ave WALL PA 15148  412-403-6044 
  Bus numbers 7## (bus numbers will be on your child's transportation letter)

        

 PAT Bus - Pittsburgh Port Authority Customer Service 412-442-2000 for trip planning and mobile apps
   PAT bus connect cards will be distributed at your student's school . 

      
The Transportation Department is responsible for providing transportation for the students of the Woodland Hills School District that attend district schools as well as other public charter schools, non-public schools and special education facilities. The Woodland Hills School District provides transportation according to District policies as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education's guidelines for pupil transportation.

Pennsylvansia Department of Education frequently asked questions regarding transportation including how far can a child be asked to walk to a stop, how long can a bus ride be, suspension of bus service and more.
 

Please be advised that buses may be equipped with audio and video monitoring devices according to School Board Policy 810.1 “The use of video and audio recording equipment supports efforts to maintain discipline and to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, contractors and others being transported on district-owned, operated, or contracted school buses or school vehicles."

WOODLAND HILLS STUDENTS:

Transportation information will be provided in your welcome packets from your schools. See Daycare Transportation regarding requesting an alternate bus stop. 

CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Transportation for students will be provided after the school district receives the “Enrollment Notification Forms” from the charter school your child attends. Bus information letters will be sent out mid-August.

NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Transportation for students will be provided after the school district receives the “Enrollment Notification Forms” or rosters from the non-public school your child attends. Bus information letters will be sent mid-August.

DAYCARE TRANSPORTATION:

Woodland Hills School District provides transportation to and from “Approved for Transportation” daycare facilities that are within the borders of Woodland Hills School District dependent upon bus seat availability. Requests must be submitted annually, in writing, on the “Request for Alternate Bus Assignment Form”.  It may be mailed to the Transportation Office 531 Jones Avenue North Braddock PA 15104, faxed to 412-273-3602, or  emailed to bus@whsd.net

Port Authority Transportation:  
If your child is assigned a Port Authority bus pass, it can be obtained from their school. Once the pass is in your child's possession it is your child's responsibility. The District will not replace lost or stolen passes. To plan your student's trip to school, go to the Pittsburgh  Port Authority Website.  See benefits of PAT transportation.  

 

Safety and Conduct 

Student bus transportation is a privilege and convenience that is provided by the Woodland Hills School District to eligible students. This transportation is governed by Section 1361 and 1362 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code. Although we do know that the vast majority of our students are responsible young people, we have a few who do not behave on a bus or at the bus stop. Therefore, this Safety and Conduct Code has been established.[1][2]

When Waiting at a Bus Stop:

  1. Report to the bus stop ten (10) minutes ahead of schedule.

  2. Stand in orderly and safe groups avoiding traffic.

  3. Remain at a safe distance until the bus stops.

  4. Board the bus quickly and carefully. All regular seats may need to accommodate three (3) students.

  5. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.

  6. Do not distract the driver.

  7. Keep hands, arms and head inside the windows.

  8. Disembark quickly and carefully and move away from the bus.

  9. If you must cross the street, walk in front of the bus and watch for traffic.

When Boarding:

  1. Students may not bring animals, alcoholic beverages, firearms or any considered weapon or explosives onto the bus.[16]

  2. All foods and beverages must be in a container and are not consumed on the bus. Glass containers must be safely packed and encased in a break-resistant container.

  3. Students may board only the assigned bus. Students will not be permitted to board a later bus either going to school or returning home.

When Riding:

  1. Students must conduct themselves in an acceptable manner at all times. Vulgarity, profanity, fighting or other improper conduct is not permitted.

  2. Students may not block the aisle or emergency door with musical instruments, lunch boxes, books or other possessions.

  3. Students must not extend arms or heads out of windows at any time.

  4. Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion of if the bus is delayed on the road.

  5. Students may not operate the bus door or tamper with the emergency door.

  6. Students may not use the emergency door except in the case of an emergency.

  7. Students may not eat, drink, smoke, or play radios on the bus.[17]

  8. Every student who rides a bus must get on and off at the assigned bus stop. Exceptions will be made only through the assistant principal/principal's office when a written parental request has been made and is signed by the principal or his/her designee and the request verified in writing.

  9. Any student who wishes to ride a bus other than his/her regular school bus must have a written request signed by the assistant principal/principal's office when a written parental request has been made and has been signed by the principal or assistant principal and the request verified in writing.

When Departing:

  1. Students may not depart the bus in the morning before it arrives at the designated school of the student.

  2. Students may not depart the bus in the afternoon except at their designated bus stop.

  3. Students who must cross a street after alighting from the bus shall cross only in front of the bus on the signal by the driver.

Discipline Procedures

Students are subject to suspension per Policy 233 if they are involved in disrupting action jeopardizing the safety and welfare of their fellow students or any infraction of the stated rules of conduct.[18]

All discipline problems will be handled between the school bus driver, the student, the principal, parents/guardians, and when necessary, the Director of Transportation.

Violation of the standards for bus conduct shall be subject to the following penalties:

  1. First Offense: Conference with student and warning letter to parents/guardians. A principal may suspend a student from the bus on the first offense if the first offense is serious in nature.[5]

  2. Second Offense: Suspension of bus riding privileges of one (1) day.[5]

  3. Third Offense: Suspension of bus riding privileges of three (3) days.[5]

  4. Subsequent Offenses: Permanent suspension may occur from school bus riding privileges for the balance of the school year.[5]

Drivers are supplied with bus disciplinary report forms that will be presented to building principals when specific violations of the bus regulations occur. Parents/Guardians will be afforded a copy of this report and notified of the action taken. Copies of this report will also be submitted to the Director of Transportation.

These regulations apply to all forms of student transportation made available by the district. Activity buses, detention buses and field trips also come under the guidelines of these regulations.

According to the Pennsylvania Special Education Regulations and Standards, an exceptional student cannot be deprived of his/her appropriate education program without the implementation of procedural safeguards. Therefore, school transportation cannot be withheld without procedural safeguards if it interferes with the student's participation in his/her Individual Education Program.[19]

 

 

Additional Rules and Regulations

 

All transportation carrier employees are required to meet the Department of Transportation requirements relating to commercial driver physical examinations. DOT physical cards are required to be kept with the drivers at all times when operating a transportation vehicle for the Woodland Hills School District.[11]

 

All transportation carrier employees are required to have their Act 34, Act 151 and FBI clearances on file with the district prior to their first day of work.[12][13][14]

 

Transportation routes may be established with the advice and approval of the Board. Bus drivers shall not deviate from the established bus route except for hazardous driving conditions or upon written consent by the Board.[5]

 

Students shall be taken on and discharged from the school bus only at the designated stops. All stops should be made where the bus can be easily seen. The driver shall give proper signals when slowing and stopping the bus. The driver shall keep the bus stopped until all students are across the highway and safely on the other side after being discharged. The driver will not proceed until all students are seated.

 

Each student shall be assigned to a bus. Persons other than a school student, employee or official shall not ride in a school bus on a regular route.[15]

 The bus driver shall not leave the bus while the motor is running.

 Bus doors shall be closed while the bus is in motion.

 Bus doors shall be opened at railroad crossings.

 Bus drivers are not required to stop and wait at bus stops with no students present. 

The bus driver shall not drive the bus backward on school grounds without the direction of a person on the ground.

Advertising shall not be displayed on the school bus.

No student is permitted to ride any bus other than the one regularly scheduled, unless the driver receives a signed note from the principal or his/her designee. The principal must have a signed note from the custodial parent/guardian, and verify the request by a telephone call.

The Transportation Director shall be notified of any overloading of school buses.

 

 



Food Service

  

School menus                      My School Bucks

Choose my plate.govIs your snack a smart snack?

Dear Parents:
With national attention currently focused on children's health and wellness issues, Woodland Hills School District's Food Service Department is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child's school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child's account balance through a web site called MySchoolBucks.com. By placing money in each child's account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends.
Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child's meal purchase history report. This history report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased any ala carte items.

To access these services:
Click on the MySchoolBucks.com link. From this site you will create your account and add money to your child's school meal account. All you need is your child's name, student ID number and school ZIP code. The instructions listed on the bottom of this page will guide you through the easy online account set up process.
 
Things to know:
  • If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account.
  • Payments may be made through an existing account
    or with a major credit or debit card only.
  • In order to use the online prepayment service, a small convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees.Woodland Hills School District will not profit from the use of this site.
 
We are very excited to offer these new services and we are confident this new system will benefit you, your child and our district. However, if you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service you may continue to make advance payments via check, which should be made payable to the Woodland Hills School District. Please write your child's full name on the check.
 
If you have any questions about these new services, please feel free to contact my office at: 412-731-1300 x0187 or email me at nicksi@whsd.net
 
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold on school grounds during the school day. On June 28, 2013, USDA released interim regulations that delineate the standards and are referred to as the Smart Snacks in Schools Standards. These standards are available at www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/allfoods.htm. The standards are effective July 1, 2014.
School fundraisers are included in the standards. The proposed rule requires that each State Agency that has oversight for the School Nutrition Programs (Pennsylvania Department of Education) to determine if schools will be permitted to sell foods (including beverages) as fundraisers that do not meet the Smart Snacks in Schools Standards and, if permitted, establish the number and duration of each fundraiser.
A fundraiser is considered an event that includes an activity which currency/token/tickets, etc. are exchanged for the sale/purchase of a product in support of the school or school-related activities. Examples include: bake sales, candy bar sales, vending machines where profits are used to support a school-sponsored club or activity, such as the school band or sports team.
The PA Department of Education has determined that a maximum of five exempt fundraisers will be permitted in each elementary and middle school building per year, and a maximum of ten exempt fundraisers will be permitted in each high school building per year. Each fundraiser may not exceed one school week.  It is important to remember that these exemptions only apply to fundraisers that do not meet the requirements for foods sold in school in the Smart Snack Standards. Non-food fundraisers and food fundraisers that meet the requirements of the Smart Snack Standards do not require an exemption. Exempt fundraisers may not be sold in the food service area during the meal period. Additionally, the Smart Snack Standards only apply to foods sold to students during the school day. Therefore, the Smart Snack Standards are not applicable to fundraisers that take place after the school day from the school's dismissal time until 11:59 PM or for foods not meant for immediate consumption (i.e., fundraisers where a brochure is sent home, such as frozen pizzas, subs/sandwiches).