All bus arrival times are approximate and routes/times are subject to change. Parents are advised to have their students at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the stated arrival time.
All morning session kindergarten students should board regularly scheduled school buses. Parents of afternoon kindergarten students will be informed by the school concerning bus runs.
All students attending the first morning session at Newport Area Career & Technical Center will be picked up with a designated shuttle bus. Call First Student at 683-5130 for stop information.
Students with disabilities who cannot ride regular buses will be notified of their scheduled pickup time by the bus company.
Any questions concerning bus stops or scheduled runs should be directed to George Silvia or Donna Medeiros at First Student at 683-5130.
More information can be obtained by calling the school in which your child is enrolled.
The School Department makes every effort to make school bus service as convenient as possible for all. Occasionally, adjustments and rearrangements of the bus stops are made due to a shift in population. Normally, these adjustments are handled during the first two weeks of school. Busing boundaries have been established for the individual elementary schools, however, they are subject to change in the event of enrollment peaks in classes, grades, or schools. Laidlaw Transit, Inc. of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, provides the bus service for the Portsmouth Public Schools. The Portsmouth School Department utilizes school bus monitors on all K-8 bus runs and has approved the use of video surveillance cameras on buses to promote safety.
School Committee policies relative to School Bus Rules and Regulations are on file at each school office and students annually receive notification concerning the School Bus Code.
WALKING DISTANCE - Policy 5131.2
Students living beyond the limits listed below shall be provided with bus transportation to and from school.
High School 1-1/2 miles
Middle School 1 mile
Elementary School 1/2 mile
Exceptions will be made because of health and safety, such as lack of sidewalks, conditions of roads, busy intersections, lack of traffic signals, designated hazardous areas, physical condition of pupils or any other situation which may be deemed to be unsafe.