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2021-2022 Millcreek Township School District Welcome Letters

2021-2022 PUBLIC SCHOOL WELCOME

Dear Parents and Guardians:

In preparation for the transportation of students in the 2021 – 2022 school year, we have a few reminders and some important information for your review.

The busing for students for the morning and afternoon pick up /drop off will be based on the student’s primary address that the District has on file. We will be sending a one-time email during the week of August 28, 2021, with each student’s initial bussing information. After the initial email, please access your child(ren) busing information within your Infinite Campus account.

  • Please go into your Infinite Campus account and update all of your contact information.
  • This Is very important because all of our communications are done solely through email and the FirstView App.
  • Please have the changes made by 8-20-21 to make sure that you are sent your child/ren's initial bus schedule.

Please review the following information below for important information and forms to submit prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. TRANSPORTATION OPT-OUT FORM
  2. PARENTAL RELEASE FORM
  3. CHANGE OF BUS STOP REQUESTS
  4. CHILD CARE TRANSPORTATION FORM
  5. DUAL CUSTODY
  6. FIRST VIEW MOBILE APP
  7. BUS PASSES

Note: Please complete documents using a desktop or laptop device if possible. Forms may open on your desktop, save the file before entering your information.

OPTING-OUT OF TRANSPORTATION

In order to appropriately plan the School District opening and the bus routing, we are requesting that parents complete the attached form providing information as to your choice as to whether you agree to Opt-Out of using bus transportation for this school year.

IF YOU ARE OPTING OUT OR ADJUSTING YOU CHILD/DREN’S TRANSPORTATION

PLEASE PRINT, SIGN, AND RETURN TO

EMAIL: TRANSPORTATION@MTSD.ORG

OR MAIL TO

ROBERT LEE

Attention: Transportation Coordinator

3740 WEST 26 STREET

ERIE, PA 16506

Click Here to Access the 2021-2022 Transportation Opt-Out Form

BUS PARENTAL RELEASE FORM

A parent/guardian must be at the bus stop to receive the kindergarten, first and second grade students at the end of the day. If a parent/guardian is not at the stop, the child(ren) will be brought back to First Student located on 3742 W 26th St, Erie, PA 16506.

Authorities will be notified after the third time a student is returned to First Student. Habitual lateness will result in loss of transportation service. Students may be released to other adults (must have photo ID on them) or by themselves with written permission from a parent/guardian.

Sign and complete the Bus Parental Release Form and submit to:

Millcreek Township School District

Attn: Transportation Office, 3740 West 26th Street,

Erie, Pennsylvania 16506

OR

Email transportation@mtsd.org

A new form must be filled out each school year.

Please find the link to the document below.

Click Here for the Parental Permission Release Form

Note: Please complete documents using a desktop or laptop device if possible. Forms may open on your desktop, save the file before entering your information.

CHANGE OF BUS STOP LOCATION FORM

If you would like to request a change of bus stop location, due to distance or safety concerns, please click on the link below to access the Request Form.

Please be aware that all responses come through email and that all requests will be reviewed in the order that they were received. Based on the number of requests we receive each year, please understand we are working as quickly as possible to serve you, your patience is appreciated.

Click Here for the Change of Bus Stop Request Form

CHILD CARE FORM

If your child(ren) will be bused to and/or from a child care provider, a child care form must be submitted. Completed forms can be submitted to:

Millcreek Township School District

Attn: Transportation Office, 3740 West 26th Street,

Erie, Pennsylvania 16506

OR

Email transportation@mtsd.org

A new form must be filled out each school year. Also, the child care stops will only be granted within a student’s home school boundaries.

If the form is received later than July 30, 2021, routing delays will occur.

Please find the link to the document below.

Click Here for the Child Care Transportation Form

Note: Please complete documents using a desktop or laptop device if possible. Forms may open on your desktop, save the file before entering your information.

DUAL CUSTODY FORM

For parents/guardians with shared custody, an annual Dual Custody Form must be filled out, signed by both parents/guardians, and submitted.

Completed forms can be submitted to:

Millcreek Township School District

Attn: Central Registration, 3740 West 26th Street,

Erie, Pennsylvania 16506

OR

Email transportation@mtsd.org.

A new form must be filled out each school year. Also, Dual Custody stops will only be granted to those parents which reside within the Millcreek Township School District boundaries.

If the form is received later than July 30, 2021, routing delays will occur.

Click Here for the Dual Custody Transportation Form

Note: Please complete documents using a desktop or laptop device if possible. Forms may open on your desktop, save the file before entering your information.

FIRST VIEW REAL-TIME TRACKING APPLICATION

The First View real-time tracking application will be available for all Millcreek Township School District students. The First View app will allow a parent/guardian to track their Child’s/Children’s bus/buses in real-time. One of the main goals of the Millcreek Township School District is to keep striving to improve the methods that we use to communicate with our parents.

Busing delays will be communicated through the FirstView application, we will no longer email or telephone parents/guardians with delays.

Please go to the following links to view the specific First View App Information

Parent Flyer

Click Here for the First View Parent App Overview

FirstView Fact Sheet

Click Here for the First View Parent App Fact Sheet

FirstView Set Up – Registration

Click Here for the Registration Instructions & How to Get Started

The FirstView App School Codes and Student Security Codes will be available on the Infinite Campus Portal on September 1, 2021.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND YOUR SCHOOL AND SECURITY CODES FOR THE FIRSTVIEW PARENT APP?

Steps to locate your Transportation/First View app information within Infinite Campus

  1. 1. Log into your Infinite Campus parent portal account
  2. Click on the current date, and it'll bring up your child(ren) on the right-hand side
  3. Choose your child
  4. On the left there is a "more" tab, click "More"
  5. A list of options will be offered, choose Transportation
  6. 6. Here you will find your Transportation/Firstview information

Please remember to update all your contact information within your Infinite Campus account.

If the information is not correct in the system, the Transportation office will not have the ability to communicate any changes/situations that occur with your child(ren) busing.

All transportation questions should be directed to transportation@mtsd.org

If you haven’t set up an Infinite Campus account visit:

Infinite Campus Parent Account Set-Up

  • Activation codes are required for set-up.
  • An email will be sent out to all new users at the start of the school year.
  • To receive your code prior to then, calls can be made to your home school starting August 20, 2021.
  • NOTE: Call traffic is very heavy at this time of year, please leave a message and a School representative will return your call.

BUS PASSES

The purpose of the bus pass is to help our students with transportation when there is an emergency within their family. All bus passes must be approved by the Transportation Office and are intended for family emergencies only.

HOW TO HELP US ALL HAVE A SMOOTH FIRST DAY TO THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

  • Please have students ready to board promptly on the first day of school. Pick-up times are a rough estimate.
  • We recommend that students be at the bus stop 10 minutes early for the first few weeks.
    • After schedules have normalized, please be at the stop five (5) minutes before the bus arrives.
    • Per district policy, the bus will wait at your designated stop for (30) thirty seconds. Continued and regular tardiness will result in loss of transportation service.
  • For the safety and security for all students, parents/guardians are not permitted to enter the bus at any time.
  • Per district policy, students are not permitted to video/record other students.
  • Drivers are not permitted to change routes or stops.
    • Please do not make requests of the bus drivers or ask too many questions while at the bus stop. Please be courteous to the other families along the bus route waiting for the bus to arrive on time for their children.
  • Students are only permitted to use the bus stop listed in their Infinite Campus account.
  • Bus routes typically run late on the afternoon runs during the first couple weeks, until schools and students become familiar with the procedures for the new school year.
  • Please label your kindergarten students with their name, address, bus number and stop for the first two (2) weeks of school. We also recommend labeling their belongings.
  • Recording cameras for video and audio are in use on each bus to aid behavior management.
  • Students which do not use the bus for 30 days will be removed.
    • Reinstatement of a scheduled stop will take 5 – 7 Business days.
  • We go to every stop in the AM (unless there have not been students at the stop for 30 days), however in the afternoon we go point to point (only to the stops that match the students on the bus).
    • Point to Point will cause fluctuations in drop-off times (early and later than the scheduled time).
    • FirstView App is highly encouraged to track the bus location.
  • All forms that are received after the start of the school year will take 3-5 business days to complete.

If you have questions regarding your child’s transportation

  • Call First Student at 838-1602
  • Call the MTSD Transportation Office at 835-5323.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If a problem with transportation arises, please remain calm. Most problems are solved after the first few days of school. Please wait a few days before calling First Student.
  • Most afternoon routes will run late on the first few days of school. Please be patient. The staff are helping and assisting our youngest students and new MTSD students to ensure they are getting on their assigned bus.

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