Dear Parents or Guardians,
At the Townsend Elementary, we use a PM attendance system for bus riders at dismissal to assure better safety procedures for all of our students. Townsend Elementary students who regularly ride the bus in the afternoon will be listed on an attendance roster for each bus. This roster will also serve as an important reference for a substitute driver.
Here are the guidelines:
- If your child normally rides the bus in the afternoon, he/she will be listed on the attendance sheet as a full-time rider. If a student is riding to their home residence, there is no need for a note to be sent in. If a student is regularly riding somewhere other than where they are normally picked up in the morning, (ex: home of other family members or babysitters), then a detailed note needs to be sent in to the student's teacher who will then pass it on to the main office for review and processing. Notes should be given to the teacher first thing in the morning so there is ample time for all parties to be properly notified.
- If your child only occasionally rides a bus, he/she will not be listed. On the occasional days they are riding, we will need a bus note before they are allowed to ride the bus.
- If your child is going to an alternate location on a different bus, a bus note is needed that provides us with a clear explanation and includes accurate bus numbers and the name of the residence where they are going. (Please call if you are unsure of the bus number so we get your child on the correct bus).
- If your child is a regular rider and is NOT riding the bus in the afternoon for any reason, you will need to send a note in to their teacher so it can be sent to the main office and noted on the attendance sheet that is distributed to the buses that afternoon.
Note: Please know that not all requests may be approved, many buses are close to full and regular home riders will get precedence over students that may be going to a baby sitters or such, depending on the seats available. It is very important that the child's first and last name, classroom teacher name and bus or bus numbers are on all bus notes. If there is any question as to the correct bus number, please call Townsend Elementary (865-5220) or the bus garage (865-4118) for clarification.
We appreciate your cooperation, understanding and diligence in getting us the correct information for your child's transportation plans so that we can feel assured of the safety for all of our students.