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Preschoolers love riding the bus!

BECEP transports many children and strives to maintain a schedule, so that children have the shortest ride possible. The bus will load and unload from the street. Eating or drinking is not allowed on the bus. Children will be buckled into the five point harness. A rider is on all BECEP buses to supervise the children while on the bus.

The child should be ready for bus pick-up 10 minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time. The bus drivers are instructed to honk, wait one minute and then proceed on their route. If the child misses bus transportation to school, it is the parent's responsibility to transport that day.

A child needs to ride the bus consistently and follow the arranged plan in order to continue busing services. A child cannot get on or off the bus at any address other than the one that is on the Busing Request form. For safety reasons, it is necessary to have a consistent designated pick-up and drop-off address for each child. If more than one address is involved consistently, parents will be asked to fill out a monthly bus schedule. Any bus changes must be submitted to the BECEP Office 24 hours in advance.

If the child misses the bus two consecutive days, the bus will not stop again until the Transportation Supervisor has been contacted at 701-323-4502 requesting that transportation resume.

Designated adults are asked to be at the drop-off address 10 minutes before the scheduled drop off time to take the child off the bus. Bus monitors are not available to walk children to the door. The emergency contacts can also get the child off the bus at the designated drop-off address. The parent must inform the office if someone else is meeting the bus. The person taking the child off the bus will need to show a picture ID.

The Transportation Office will maintain a consistent pick-up and drop-off schedule so parents will know when the bus will pick-up and drop-off the child. If the bus schedule changes significantly, parents will be notified.

To cancel busing for pick-up, parents must notify the Transportation Office at 323-4502 by 7:00 a.m. for the morning class session and by 10:00 a.m. for the afternoon class session. To cancel busing for drop-off, contact the BECEP office at 323-4400.

For those families that do not have a telephone, a STOP/GO sign will be provided by BECEP to be placed in a window that is visible to the bus driver so they know if the child will be riding the bus that day. It is the parent's responsibility to notify the office at BECEP when they no longer have a phone.

Proper behavior on the bus is essential for the safety and well-being of all children. Children will be buckled into the bus seat. A bus monitor is on all BECEP buses to supervise the children. When the bus driver determines the child's behavior becomes a safety issue, a student conduct report will be turned into the Transportation Supervisor who will work with the bus driver, BECEP Staff, and family to resolve the situation.

Only designated adults may take BECEP children off the bus. Children will be returned to BECEP if a designated adult does not meet the bus. Parents need to contact BECEP at 701-323-4400 to verify who will be picking up the child from BECEP. If the child is returned to BECEP 2 times, then an individual plan will be developed with the family by the BECEP Family Advocate (and other BECEP staff as needed), Transportation staff and the child care provider (if applicable). If the child returns to school 3 times, busing services will be suspended for 1 week.

If the child is not picked up from BECEP and we are unable to contact an authorized adult to pick up the child, the appropriate authorities will be notified: Burleigh County Protection Services (CPS) at 701-222-6622 or the Bismarck Police Department at 701-223-1212.

It is the family's responsibility to keep the contact information and emergency contact information up-to-date at all times.

Please contact the transportation office at 323-4502 for any busing questions you may have.

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