(Letter sent home to students transported to and from school via bus)

April 26, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The safety of our children is of utmost important to the Galloway Township Public Schools. Bus transportation to and from school is one area that we continually work to ensure safety. As you are likely aware, we have experienced difficulties with Integrity Transportation, the main bus company that transports our students. The purpose of this letter is to advise you of the measures we are taking to ensure safe and smooth transportation of our students.

At the school level, all administrators are reviewing with students safety rules for riding the bus. This includes the requirement that seat belts be worn. Please note: By law students are required to wear seat belts. Also by law, the driver is not held responsible if the student does not wear the seat belt. Drivers may not buckle the belt for students. Below are the key points that are being discussed with students this week.

Additionally, in an effort to provide students with a quiet activity on the bus, we are going to allow students to listen to iPods or other electronic devices on the bus. This change in practice is being offered on a trial basis. Students must wear ear buds or some other type of ear phone. It is important to note that students are responsible for their electronic device, and it must be kept in their book bag or locker during the school day. The school is not responsible if the device is lost or taken.

In closing, I am respectfully requesting that you take time to review bus safety rules with your child and support us in enforcing the bus rules. Additionally, if you have a concern regarding your child’s bus, please contact your child’s school or Mrs. Reeves. Thank you for your continued efforts to work together for the benefit of our students.

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.,
Superintendent of Schools