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Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
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Transportation Department
School Bus
The Transportation Department supports the educational day by providing safe, professional, and efficient transportation to and from school, educational field trips, athletic competitions, and events. Transportation is contracted to Williams Bus Lines and Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA). 
 
Elementary Dismissal Time Change 
New for the 2016-2017 school year all elementary schools will be dismissed at 3:15 pm. 
 
Attention Mackin Students 
Mackin students should follow the Coughlin High School bus routes.  Upon arrival at Coughlin they will be transfered to buses that will transport them to Mackin. 
 
Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law
  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety

The penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

 

School Bus Safety Tips for Students
Walking to the Bus Stop
1. Always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop, never run. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
2. Go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. While at the bus stop, wait quietly in a safe place well away from the road.
3. Do not run and play while waiting.
 
Getting On and Off the Bus
1. Enter the bus in line with younger students in front. Hold the handrail while going up and down the stairs
2. When entering the bus, go directly to a seat. Remain seated and face forward during the entire ride.
Riding the Bus
  1.    Always speak quietly on the bus so the driver will not be distracted. Always be silent when a bus    comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is coming.
  2.    Never throw things on the bus or out the windows. Keep the aisles clear at all times. Feet should    be directly in front of you on the floor and book bags should be kept on your lap. Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.
3. Never play with the emergency exits. Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits. If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.
4. Hands should be kept to yourself at all times while riding on the bus. Fighting and picking on others creates a dangerous bus ride.

Exiting the Bus
1. If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and she may begin moving the bus. Make sure that drawstrings and other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so that the do not get caught on the handrail or the door.
2. Respect the "Danger Zone" which surrounds all sides of the bus. The "Danger Zone" is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus. Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone" and where the driver can see you.
3. Always cross the street in from of the bus. Never go behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are.
4. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell you parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.
Transportation Department Contacts
Sylvia Decker, Transportation Secretary (Ext. 1115)