2017-18 Bus Schedule, Maps and Important Information!

Bus Back to school

 

Hello Ogden New Eastside Families!

The school year is finally here and now it’s time to make sure all OPB families and student riders review the bus stops, times, and other important information regarding this year’s OPB Service.

By now, you should be in possession of your Child’s personalized Bus ID. Make sure that the bus pass is securely attached to your child’s back pack so that the Bus Driver can see it easily.

AI Bus Service is written clearly on the side of our private pay bus, and will have a sign in the window by the door with the name “Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus” –  Make sure your child looks for these important markers before boarding the bus.

Here is the map of our neighborhood stops:

Bus Map 2016 18

Except for the 7am West Campus Route time and 7:55am East Campus Route time beginning at 155 Harbor Drive, The Ogden Pay Bus does NOT have an allotted time to arrive at each subsequent stop due to unpredictable traffic/weather or other unforeseeable factors. The bus will NOT sit and wait at each subsequent stop for all students to arrive before moving on to the next stop. The student MUST be ready to board the bus as it arrives, as we are operating this private bus service under very tight time restraints while sharing it between both campuses.

Word of caution: there have been instances where students missed the bus at stop #1, and yet were able to cross N. Harbor Drive and catch the bus at stop #4. Please remind your child to be mindful of the traffic hazards while crossing the street, if they are trying to catch the bus at another stop.


 

For the 2017-2018 school year:

MORNING PICK UP

The OBP will start the WEST CAMPUS morning pickup at 155 N Harbor (stop #1) at 7:00 AM, and then proceed in numerical order, before venturing on to the West Campus (arriving at the West Campus around 7:25am – Please see the maps/information below for more details if you have a child traveling to the West Campus).

The OPB will start the EAST CAMPUS morning pickup at 155 N. Harbor (stop #1)at 7:55 AM using the same pattern.  Please have your student at the stop and ready to board promptly. Make sure to review the map below with your child so they understand where the drop-off and pick-up takes place.

AFTERNOON PICK UP

Our AI Bus will be waiting at the West Campus at 3:15 pm near the same location where students were dropped off in the morning (see maps below – on the north side of the school on E. Huron, near Door #6). West Campus students need to get to the bus as soon as possible after the final bell, as the bus is on very tight time constraints due to there being only one school bus this year for our neighborhood – the bus will wait until 3:20 pm and then leave to go to the East Campus, to collect the remaining East Campus OPB riders.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that West Campus OPB riders bring their back packs/belongings to their last period class, so that they can leave right from class and not miss the bus. If they miss the bus, they can take the 5 pm After School Activity Bus home.

The Bus will arrive at the East Campus around 3:40 PM  (depending on traffic/weather/etc) and wait near the corner of Dearborn and Oak, at the northwest corner of the school (near to where the students are dropped off in the morning). Be sure to notify your student’s teacher in writing that your student is riding the Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus so that your student will be able to wait near the Main Office for the Bus .Review the maps/information below for more details. Please note that due to the fact that we are sharing a bus between both campuses this year, and all the seats will be filled with students, parents/guests will NOT be able to take the Afternoon Dismissal bus home with their child.

ATTENTION NEW FAMILIES riding the OPB this year: We understand that the first week of school can be especially stressful for the kindergartners and new students who have never ridden the OPB before, who are unaware of where they are going or what to do after the final bell rings for the day. We are very happy to report that on the first day of school, there will be a couple of parent volunteers standing by the East Campus Main Office to help guide the kids as to where to wait and what to do, so the first day/adjustment period won’t be quite so stressful. After the final bell rings, your student should go right to the area near the security desk/main office. There will be a volunteer holding up a sign with a school bus on it that reads “New Eastside Ogden Pay Bus” so that the new students will know who to ask for help regarding our private neighborhood bus protocol at the East Campus.  Kindergarten OPB families should also be receiving an additional email from OPB Volunteers very soon regarding other ways we hope to work together to make the little ones acclimated with finding their way to the correct waiting area and become adjusted to it all.

 After School Activity Route

At 5:00 PM our AI Bus Service bus will pickup students in front of the school on E. Erie in front of door #1 (see the maps/information below). We recommend that students be waiting at door #1 by 4:55 pm, as the bus driver will not wait past 5 pm. The bus will then proceed to the East campus and pickup student at the regular spot at Dearborn and Oak on the northwest corner of the building. Students at East campus may remain inside the school and should be at the window overlooking Dearborn (see map below) watching for the bus by 5:15 PM. The bus will pull up and wait for a few minutes, then leave to return to the neighborhood.

Reminder about Right at School – We do not work directly with Right at School. If your student attends Right at School, be sure to notify that organization that your child takes the 5pm bus home, and you must work with Right at School to arrange that process.

 

MAPS AND INFORMATION

For West Campus Families/students:

West Campus Bus Map 2017 18 with labels

Here’s another map of the interior of the school, if your child needs to get their bearings about what door to exit:

West Campus interior map 1

For East Campus Families/students:

East Campus Bus Stop Pic 2017 18 with labels and pic inset

Please take a moment to share these maps and information with your child. Remember that it is your and your child’s responsibility to be at their bus stops promptly. The bus does not circle back for students who miss the bus. If a student misses the bus, it is your responsibility to make other transportation arrangements. Also, if the bus is running late, you/your child can call the AI dispatch telephone number listed on the back of their Bus Pass to ask where the bus is, or what the estimated time of arrival is.

bus pass back 2017 18

If your child needs an escort when they get off the bus in the afternoon, please make sure that you or anyone who is picking them up is at the bus stop in time as the bus driver cannot be responsible for students once they disembark at their stop.

We hope everyone has a great school year!
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OPB Bus Pass information…

School bus

Hello OPB Families!

After you’ve paid your final 2017-18 OPB balance and $10 Bus ID fee, your child’s bus pass will be delivered in a sealed envelope to your building’s lobby personnel/Front Desk – look for it the next week or so.

THIS BUS PASS MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE CHILD’S BACKPACK AND CLEARLY VISIBLE FOR THE DRIVER WHEN BOARDING THE BUS AT ALL TIMES.

If this is your first time using the OPB service and are not familiar with how to attach the bus loop to your child’s backpack:

YouTube video explaining how to use a loop tag.

You will notice some important information on the back of the bus pass:

bus pass back 2017 18

You or your child may need to reach the bus company or school for many reasons (some examples: Was something forgotten on the bus? Is the bus late and you’re wondering about its location or estimated time of arrival?) – it is the parent’s/child’s responsibility to call the numbers on back if there are issues like this. Remember, the OPB is a PRIVATE, volunteer run transportation service that is not a part of CPS or Ogden International … the parent volunteers just negotiate the bus contract, arrange payment and get this service off the ground at the beginning of every year. If there are personal issues like lost items or wondering where the bus is, please call the Ai Bus # on the back of the pass. This year, we’ve also included the different campus numbers and the blog address so that students can have easy access from their phones as well.

Look for your individualized bus passes very soon!

New bus times for the 2016-17 school year!

BUS ROUTE MAP & DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Bus Map 2016 17

(Updated 9/5/16)

MORNING PICK UP

WEST CAMPUS BUS PICK-UP BEGINS AT  7:00 am.
EAST CAMPUS BUS PICK-UP BEGINS AT  7:55 am.

The bus begins at stop #1 and then moves along the route in numerical order. Due to traffic, weather or other factors, we are unable to specify exact times for each stop. We encourage students to arrive at their stop a little early, to make sure that they have ample time and are present when the bus arrives.

The bus will leave the neighborhood after the last stop and drive directly to campus. Students who are riding the bus will not be marked tardy even if the bus is delayed.

East Campus Drop-off is on Dearborn, directly north of Walton and south of Oak. In the mornings, students will be escorted up the ramp along the front of the school and into the main entrance.

West Campus Drop-off and dismissal is North of the school, east of the parking lot on W. Huron.

REMINDER: It is your student’s responsibility to be at the bus stops promptly. The bus does not circle back to pick-up students who miss the bus. If a student misses the bus, it is the responsibility of each family to make other transportation arrangements to get their student to and from school.

Neighborhood Bus Stops

The bus stops in order are:
1) 155 Harbor Drive
2) 175 North Harbor Drive
3) 450 East Waterside
4) 400 East Randolph
5) 360 East Randolph
6) 225 North Columbus

BUS PASSES

Students must have their bus passes to board the bus, especially in the afternoon at school. In the past, we’ve had a few students try to board our buses who did not belong. We were able to determine they were on the wrong bus because they did not have bus passes. Bus passes help ensure students are in the right place.

AFTERNOON DISMISSAL

West Campus Drop-off and dismissal is North of the school, east of the parking lot on W. Huron.

East Campus Pick-up will be at the corner of Dearborn and Oak, on the northwest corner of the school. Susie Tanner will be at East campus for dismissal for the first few days to help students learn the routine. Please notify your student’s teacher in writing that for 2016-2017, your student will be riding the Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus.

Make sure your student knows at dismissal, they should walk west to the end of the main floor hallway (past the security desk) to the Dearborn/Oak street staircase in the northwest corner. Students should go down the stairs, exit the building and immediately get on the first bus parked on Dearborn.

 LATE AFTERNOON BUS

After School Activity Route
At 5:00 PM an AI Bus Service bus should be waiting to pick-up West Campus students.

West Campus Students board this route in front of the MAIN ENTRANCE to the school at 1250 W. Erie in front of door #1. West campus students may remain inside the school and wait for the bus before leaving the building. The bus will proceed to the East campus and pick-up students at the same bus stop, at Dearborn and Oak, on the northwest corner of the school.

East Campus Students should be at the window watching for the bus at 5:05 p.m. The bus will pull up, wait a few minutes, then leave to the neighborhood.

J at School
We do not work or communicate directly with J at School. If your student attends J at School, be sure to notify them in writing or email that Ogden New Eastside After school activity bus home. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to work with J at school to make those arrangements.

The arrival times at our neighborhood stops in the afternoon will depend on the traffic between school and home, and times may vary. Protests, Presidential Barricades, construction, weather and other unforeseen circumstances may alter return times.


BUS TELEPHONE NUMBERS

In the event that the bus is running late and you or your child would like to call the company to see when the bus will arrive, here is the contact number (just tell the operator you are inquiring about the Ogden Pay Bus):

AI Bus Service

773-279-9110

Each yellow school bus will have the company name on the side. There will also be a sign in the window by the front door saying, “Ogden New Eastside Pay Bus“.

Morning driver and bus number for both campuses, and the West dismissal bus is David, bus #106. The driver name and bus number for the dismissal route and after school activity route is Kendall, bus #112.