Transportation to Doane Academy
Doane Academy’s goal is to make the transportation process easy, safe and convenient for our students.
With students coming from more than 50 towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are a variety of transportation options.
For many of our families, the simplest solution is to drop their children off at school each morning, and pick them up in the evening. Our Headmaster and/or Assistant Head are in the parking lot each morning to welcome students to school, and 2-3 of our faculty members are at the door to facilitate pick up in the afternoon.
Other families arrange carpools. Doane is a small community, and carpools allow families to share the task, and give our students additional time to spend with one another. Doane is happy to provide names of families who are interested in carpooling. For help in identifying families in your area who may be open to carpooling, please contact Sara Flamm in our transportation office: email@example.com.
Upper School students who are licensed to drive are welcome to drive themselves to school with parental permission.
NEW JERSEY OPTIONS
District Busing or reimbursement:
In New Jersey, transportation to an Independent School varies by the student’s home school district. Some school districts provide bus service while others provide reimbursement in lieu of transportation (currently $884 per student, per year). *Prices are subject to change.
Districts that provide transportation for their public school students must provide transportation or aid in lieu of transportation for private school students living within the district.
Districts that do not transport their own public school students will not provide transportation or aid in lieu of transportation for private school students.
In order to be eligible for either busing or reimbursement, NJ students must:
- Be enrolled in Kindergarten – Grade 12
- Live between 2 and 20 miles of Doane Academy
As of the current school year, the districts that provide busing to Doane include: Willingboro, Burlington Township, and Florence Township. Please contact Doane Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding additional school districts, or reach out to your local school district.
The districts that DO NOT provide busing or reimbursement may change from year to year. Please call your local school district for more details.
To be eligible for transportation or aid in lieu of transportation, a student must reside in a district that provides transportation to their students. A student must meet the age requirements for enrollment in their district and be enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12. The student's residence must not be more than 20 miles from Doane Academy and not less than 2 miles from Doane Academy.
In order to be eligible for either transportation or reimbursement, families MUST register their child with their public school district for busing through the Application for Private School Transportation Form (B6T). B6T forms must be completed by March 1.
The information you provide will enable your school district to arrange transportation or payment. Families who do not submit the B6T are not eligible for reimbursement.
Questions about the B6T form should be directed to Sara Flamm in our Transportation Office: email@example.com
Doane Academy Bus Service
Using a combination of private busing companies, as well as our own school bus, Doane Academy provides transportation to students if they do not participate in district-provided busing. Families may choose to pay for a full year of transportation or may pay by season (fall, winter, spring). Estimated 2017-18 fees:
- Round Trip – $3,300 ($1,100 per season)
- One Way – $1,875 ($625 per season)
Depending on location, it is possible a centralized drop-off/drop-off point may be used.
In order to take advantage of Doane Academy’s bus service, parents must register/return our Transportation Questionnaire no later than July 1.
Please reach out to Sara Flamm in our Transportation Office with questions about Doane Academy’s busing service: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under provisions set forth by Act 372, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides transportation from certain school districts to Doane Academy. Pennsbury, Bensalem, and Bristol Township school districts provide transportation to Doane Academy. new families should reach out to Sara Flamm in our Transportation Office at transportation@doaneacademy.
At the current time, we do not offer Doane Academy busing in Pennsylvania. However we do have a number of students from Pennsylvania, and carpooling may be an effective option.
Information provided by - http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/faq/faq_transportation.shtml
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who must be transported?
A. In accordance with state law, N.J.S.A. 18A:39-1, all public elementary school students (grades K-8) who live more than two miles from their school and all public secondary school students (grades 9-12) who live more than two-and-a-half miles from their school are entitled to transportation. These students are said to live "remote from school." Whenever a school district is required to provide transportation to students attending regular public school programs, students attending nonpublic schools who meet those distance requirements may also be entitled to transportation services. In addition, any student classified with special needs who either meets these distance requirements or for whom transportation is required in the student's Individual Education Plan must be transported.
Q. How is the distance between a student's home and school measured?
A. Measurement is made by the shortest distance along public roadways or walkways between the entrance to the student's home and the nearest public entrance of the school building. This measurement is for eligibility purposes only and is not necessarily the travel path to or from school.
Q. Are there any limits on nonpublic school transportation?
Yes, there are several limits on nonpublic school transportation. They are:
- The school must be a nonprofit school;
- The school must be located within the state
- The school may be located no more than twenty miles from the student's home
- The cost of the transportation may not exceed the annual maximum expenditure set by law each year
- Students must be in grades kindergarten through grade 12
- Students must meet the entrance age requirements for students in the resident public school district
Q. Is it a district's responsibility to provide transportation for students who live less than remote from school when hazardous road conditions exist?
A. Boards of education are not required by law to provide busing for students who live less than remote from school even for safety reasons. However, boards are permitted, at their own discretion and expense, to provide transportation for students who reside less than remote from school and may charge the student's parents or legal guardians for this service. Municipalities may also contract with boards of education for this service and charge the parents. This transportation service is called Subscription Busing.
Q. Who is responsible for safe travel along public roadways or walkways?
A. Case law has long held that safety along public roadways and walkways is a municipal responsibility. It is for this reason that municipalities install sidewalks, traffic signals and signs, and paint crosswalks. Pursuant to section 40A:9-154.1 of New Jersey statute, school crossing guards are appointed by the municipality and are under the supervision of the chief of police or other chief law enforcement officer.
Q. Are school buses required to be equipped with passenger seat belts?
A. All vehicles manufactured after October 1992 are required to be equipped with lap-type seat belts or other child restraint systems.
Q. What is being done to ensure that students are safely transported to and from school?
A. School buses are inspected at least twice each year by special school bus inspection teams from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
School bus drivers are required to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a passenger and school bus endorsement, and, therefore, are also required to meet federal standards for alcohol and drug testing. The standards include testing upon initial employment followed by random tests. In addition, school bus drivers must undergo a physical examination every two years, a criminal background check upon initial employment and at the time of renewal of their CDL, and submit an annual driver's abstract (i.e., a history of motor vehicle violations).
Information Provided By - www.education.pa.gov - revised 2/2015
Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of Education frequently receives questions pertaining to the transportation of school students.
Q. Are school districts required transporting students?
A. With the exception of charter school students, Pennsylvania law does not require a school district to provide transportation to its students.
Q. May a fee be charged to pupils who ride a school vehicle?
A. No. Section 1361 of the School Code states that when a school district provides transportation to its students, it is to be free and paid for out of school district funds. Additionally, Section 1365 prohibits districts from demanding, requesting or accepting compensation for transporting students.
Q. I think the road my child has to walk along is hazardous. What can I do?
A. The law provides for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to review potentially hazardous walking routes. The request for this review must be made by the school district to the local PennDOT engineering district office. PennDOT regulations do not address hazards other than road or traffic conditions. The local district may assess conditions such as bad neighborhoods, secluded wooded areas, snow removal, etc., when developing transportation routes.
Q. I think the bus my child rides on is overloaded. What can I do?
A. Address your concern to the school district. All questions relating to school vehicle regulations, such as seating, aisle clearance, warning devices, etc., should be addressed to the Pupil Transportation Section of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at (717) 787-6453.
Q. May a school district suspend busing services for a child?
A. Yes. Transportation is a privilege, not a right.
Q. What can I do about transportation problems such as (1) the bus was late, (2) the bus never came, (3) the bus stop location seems dangerous, (4) the bus driver is speeding, and (5) another child hit my child on the bus?
A. You must work with your school district to address such problems.