Release of Students

Pick-up During the School Day

When a student is to be picked up during school hours, a note signed by the parent or guardian must be presented to the teacher on the morning of the day the child is to leave early. The parent or person designated in the note to pick the child up is to report to the main office. The child will meet the person picking him or her up in the office and is to be signed out from the office. Dismissal Policy - Walkers are dismissed in the courtyard. All students who are walkers must be released to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or escort(s) designated by the parent or legal guardian (P-5142.2). Any parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who would like their child to walk home alone must submit written consent to the office in order for the child to be released on his/her own. Otherwise, the school will not release the pupil to walk home alone after dismissal regardless of the shortness of the distance.

Bus Dismissal

Bussers are released when they hear their bus called and go directly to their bus. If a parent or legal guardian or designee is not at the bus stop, the child will be taken to the next school, either Hillside or Nishuane. Please be sure to have someone waiting for the child at the bus stop when the bus arrives to avoid this inconvenience.

Please note: If your child has a play date with another child, they may not take a bus home unless it is his/her regular bus. If it is his/her bus and the stop is changing, then you will need to send a note for the bus driver/aide, and also notify the Transportation Department at 973-509-4055. Please note that children are not allowed to switch to a different bus for any reason unless authorized by Transportation.

  • Dismissal time is a very busy time of day; please make sure to call the office before 2:30 p.m. if there is a change in your child"s dismissal plans. A note is the best way to get a message to your child"s teacher.

Before and After Care

The YMCA operates a before and after school program at Bradford School. Each child is required to have a current YMCA youth membership. The YMCA sets the fees and financial assistance is available. Hours of operation in the morning are 7:30 a.m. to school opening. In the afternoon the program begins at dismissal until 6:30 p.m.


The Transportation Department handles all bus schedules and bus assignments at Central Office. All information is sent out prior to the start of the school year by that office. Students at the elementary level must live at least 1 mile from the school to qualify for the bus. The phone number of the Transportation Department is 973-509-4055.

In the event that you miss picking up your child when the bus brings him or back from school, here"s what happens: All children continue on the bus route and then are brought to the next school on the bus"s daily route. Make sure you ask your bus driver which school this is.


The bus driver and/or bus aide will complete a Bus Conduct Report in the event of a student"s inappropriate behavior on the bus. The Bus Conduct Report will be submitted to the building Principal and a copy will be sent to the student"s parent(s) or legal guardian(s). This is in accordance with Board Policy (5131.1).

First Offense - A warning letter will be sent to the student"s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) informing them of the problem as well as what action was taken. The Dean of Students and/or Principal will speak with the student.

Second Offense - The student will be excluded from the bus for a period of five (5) days and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall provide transportation to and from school during that period. Absence from school during this period will be considered truancy. The Dean of Students will call the student"s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and a letter will be sent home.

Third Offense - The student will be excluded from the bus for a period of thirty (30) school days and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall provide transportation to and from school during that period. Absence from school during this period will be considered truancy. Any further infractions will be subject to an additional thirty (30) school day suspension of bus privileges.


  1. Be on time for your bus (5-7 minutes early is recommended).

  2. Wait at the designated stop - stay out of the street and off the homeowner"s property.

  3. Approach the bus only when it has completely stopped.

  4. Buckle your seat belt - IT"S THE LAW.

  5. Sit facing forward, feet on the floor, in your assigned seat.

  6. Remain seated while the bus is in motion and during loading and discharging passengers.

  7. Keep your head, arms and belongings inside the bus.

  8. Eating and drinking are prohibited.

  9. Keep the aisles completely clear.

  10. Respect the bus property and equipment.

  11. Do not distract the bus driver by loud noises or horseplay.

  12. Be absolutely quiet at railroad crossing stops.

  13. Be alert to emergency warnings and instructions from the driver.

  14. In case of a road emergency, remain inside the bus and wait for instructions from the driver and/or attendant.

  15. If you must cross the road, do so at least 10 feet in front of the bus quickly and orderly, and only after checking traffic from both directions and while the red school bus lights are flashing.

  16. Remember that the driver can pick up/discharge passengers only at regular bus stops properly authorized by the school administration. Requests for alternate bus stops for "play dates" etc. will be denied.

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