UPPER MERION AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION FACTS
SCHOOL BUS OPERATION:
The UMASD Transportation Department operates according to the policies and parameters established by the Upper Merion Area Board of School Directors, the Superintendent of Schools and the State of Pennsylvania.
THE DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTS DAILY:
- 3639 students to 6 district schools.
- 617 students to 7 private, parochial and special education schools located within the Upper Merion Area School District and to 82 other schools located outside district boundaries, as mandated by Pennsylvania Act 372.
TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK THE DEPARTMENT OPERATES:
- 58 morning, 23 midday, 59 afternoon and 8 late activity buses for a total of 148 separate trips per regular school day.
- Upper Merion Area School District buses traveled a total of 769,099 miles transporting students to and from schools during the 2008-2009 school year.
UPPER MERION STUDENTS ARE PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF AT APPROXIMATELY 400 STANDARD BUS STOPS WITHIN THE DISTRICT.
- We have more bus stops per mile than any other school district in Montgomery County.
- Bus stops are selected first for the safety of the locations, second for the general convenience of the students, and then for routing efficiency.
- Special arrangements to pick up students at other than the standard bus stops are often made for special need students. Because of their special needs, these students are often provided door to door service.
- The Transportation Department evaluates requests for new bus stops on a case by case basis using the criteria of safety, convenience, and efficiency.
- 18 Crossing Guards are supplies by the three local Police Departments which operate within Upper Merion Township, Bridgeport, and West Conshohocken.
- Crossing Guards are placed at hazardous intersections within the District for student safety. The Police Departments choose these intersections with input from Penn Dot.
- Transportation Supervisor
- Transportation Specialist
- Transportation Clerk
- 7 Full Time Bus Drivers
- 50 Part Time Bus Drivers
- 22 Casuals Bus Drivers
- 7 Bus Aides
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES MUST COMPLY WIH ALL UMASD AND TRANSPORTATION PERSONNEL POLICIES, AS WELL AS ALL PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS. ALL EMPLOYEES QUALIFIED TO TRANSPORT SCHOOL CHILDREN MUST:
- Posses a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License, B Classification with a Passenger Endorsement.
- Obtain an “S” Endorsement by successfully completing 14 hours of classroom and 6 hours of in bus training given by a Penn Dot certified instructor.
- Obtain an Act 34 Criminal History Clearance and an Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance that shows no offenses.
- Pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
- Submit to an annual physical administered by a licensed physician.
- Undergo a recertification process every four years in order to maintain a valid School Bus driver’s license. The recertification process includes 7 hours classroom instruction, 3 hours of “in bus” evaluation administered by a Penn Dot certified instructor, and passing a written exam.
- Comply with all Transportation Department policies and work rules.