School bus service is furnished to all students according to the rules and regulations set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Department of Transportation and local Board of School Directors. Students who are legal residents of Brandywine Heights Area School District and living outside of the Borough of Topton are eligible for transportation. According to Pennsylvania law, students may be required to walk up to 1-1/2 miles (elementary) or 2 miles (secondary) to their assigned bus stop. The administration tries to minimize walking distances and riding times whenever practical.
Policing bus stops and the supervision of students between residence and bus stops is the parent’s responsibility. At the beginning of the school year, students should be at their assigned bus stop ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled time. Once school has been in session for approximately three (3) weeks and any adjustments have been made to the bus route and pick-up time, students should be at the stop five (5) minutes prior to pick-up. If the student is not at the bus stop when the bus arrives, the driver is not required to wait.
Digital video recorders are used on the contracted vehicles providing transportation for the Brandywine School District, to aid in the safe transportation of students. The recorder installed in the vehicle is accessible to authorized district personnel only. A warning notice is posted in each vehicle notifying passengers that their actions on the vehicle may be recorded.
No request for a bus stop change will be granted which causes the District to incur additional expense. All requests for a permanent route or stop change must be made at least five (5) working days in advance of the beginning date of the proposed change.
All requests should be sent to:
Brandywine Heights Area School District
Attn: Transportation Department
200 W. Weis Street
Topton, PA 19562
When your change has been approved, parents are asked to send a follow-up note regarding the change to their child’s school office. Some bus stop change requests may take one to two weeks to complete.
School bus drivers do not have the authority to change or create a bus stop or to change a bus route.
The decision not to open the district schools means that all transportation for public and nonpublic students is suspended. Any nonpublic students whose school is in session must provide their own transportation to and from school.
Nonpublic students will be transported using the same guidelines as public students. When Brandywine is closed due to inclement weather, the district will not transport students to any school. When Brandywine is following a two (2) hour delayed opening, transportation to all schools will be delayed by two (2) hours.
Brandywine Transportation maintains a lost and found and will secure found items at their location for a minimum of 1 week. To contact Brandywine Transportation regarding a lost item, please call 610-641-8102.
The bus driver, for reason of discipline or order, has the right to assign seats on the bus.
Bus drivers are to notify school authorities of any infraction of these rules. Students who misbehave on the bus may have transportation suspended by the building principle. Normally, for the first infraction a warning letter will be sent home. If the first infraction is a serious one (ex. smoking or fighting), a student may be removed or suspended from the bus without a warning. For a second infraction, a student may be removed from the bus for an indefinite period of time.