Bus Service
Park School Shuttle:
The School provides free shuttles daily between two MBTA stations: Brookline Village (on the Riverside Green Line), Forest Hills (on the Orange Line), and the School. In the morning, the shuttles, which are driven by Park staff members, depart the stations at 7:45 a.m. The shuttles return students to these stations, leaving School at 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. daily (Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m.), and at 12:10 p.m. on all-School early-dismissal days. Children below Grade IV should be accompanied by an older child when using the T. Parents need to inform their child’s teacher when a student is going to ride the shuttle but there is no registration required.
 
Contracted Bus Service: Park has a relationship with Local Motion of Boston, which operates point-to-point service from the Back Bay and Beacon Hill (Big East Bus), and from Wellesley and Newton (Big West Bus). The family-based, annual fee is calculated by route each year based upon the number of participating families. Families have full flexibility to use the bus as frequently as they would like during the week. During the current academic year, approximately 25 percent of Park students will ride one of the buses.
  
Both the Big East and the Big West Bus pick up students in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon at designated stops. Students may ride the bus after the 3:00 p.m. or the 4:30 p.m. dismissal (2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays). Parents should inform their child’s teacher and the front desk if there are any changes to the regular afternoon schedule.
 

Bus FAQs

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What happens when a child misses the bus?

    If a child misses the bus in the morning, it is the parent/caregiver's responsibility to transport him or her to school.  If a child misses the bus from Park in the afternoon, he or she should notify a faculty or staff member at carpool who will assist him or her in contacting a parent/caregiver from the Front Desk.  If a child misses the last bus of the day, the parent or caregiver must arrange to pick him or her up.  If there is a later bus available, Upper Division students may elect to go to study hall and wait for the 4:45 bus.  Unfortunately, younger children are not allowed to wait in the lobby for this length of time and need to be picked up as soon as possible.
  • If a child has a problem on the bus, how and who will inform parents?

    Problems on the bus are reported by a student to the bus monitor, his or her homeroom teacher or advisor or to one of the Division Heads. The Division Head will call the parents to inform them about the issue and about what is being done to resolve it.  If a student is causing problems on the bus, the bus driver or bus monitor will inform the School, who will talk to the student, and if necessary, call the parents.  Students who continually misbehave may be suspended for a period of time or indefinitely.
  • Is there a "bus monitor"? 

    NEW! This fall, we will be piloting a program of having a bus monitor on the afternoon buses. Local Motion has hired professionals to ride the bus along with the driver to ensure that students follow the behavioral expectations set by the School.  Please be aware that if the monitor is absent, Local Motion will not be able to provide substitute monitors.  
  • What happens if a child's parent/caregiver is not present at the afternoon bus stop?

    If a parent/caregiver is not present, the default procedure is for the child to remain on the bus for the remainder of the route and be driven back to School. When you registered for the bus, you also had the ability to authorize your child to be dropped off with other Park families who are at the bus, with siblings, or alone.  If you would like to change your family's drop-off release form, please contact me.  
  • Bringing a Guest on the Bus

    A friend who does not normally ride the bus may come home with your child on an occasional basis. Written permissions must be received by 10:00 a.m. on the day the friend will ride the bus.  

    • The host family should send a note to the Front Desk stating your child's name, the name of the guest, and the date the guest will ride.
    • The guest family also sends a note to the Front Desk stating that their child is going home with a friend on the Big East or Big West Bus. 
    • If the guest is in the Lower or Middle Division, his or her parents sends a written note to the teacher saying that the guest will be riding the Big East or Big West Bus with your child on the appropriate day. 
  • Who is the bus driver and what are the qualifications of the driver?

    The School has a contract with Local Motion of Boston to provide bus service.  While the bus driver may change from year to year, all drivers must have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with Special School Bus Certification.  The School Bus Certification consists of passing a written exam specific to the operation of a school bus, 20 hours of behind the wheel training with a certified trainer, and passing a school bus driving test administered by the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Are there seat belts on the bus?

    While seat belts can be added, Federal and State laws do not require them.  Buses are "compartmentalized" for safety.  This means that there are extra fully padded and cushioned high back seats.  Additionally, seat belts can pose a problem in getting young children out of the bus in the event of a fire.
  • Can we join the bus during the School year?

    Yes, you can join during the year assuming there is space available.  Costs are pro-rated based upon the number of months the family uses the bus service.