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Buses

St Andrews School runs three “Direct Resourced” bus runs. The buses runs are the Otaio and Blue Cliffs and the Lyalldale runs. We are members of the Aoraki School Bus Network (ASTN) and the bus runs are contracted to Atkinson & Dossett (A&D).


Bus maps

Blue Cliffs Bus Route 7747
Lyalldale Bus Route 7542
Otaio Bus Route 7767
Note: To look at a more detailed map and to discuss bus collect points, drop into the school office and talk to the 'Bus Controller' who, at St Andrews school, is the Principal.



Who do I tell if my child is not going to be on the bus?

If your child is not catching the bus in the morning you ring or text the bus driver. If you miss contacting the driver please ring a family on the run before your pick up point and ask them to tell the driver. Contact the school for up to date driver contact details.

If your child is not on an afternoon run please phone the school before hand or inform the duty teacher looking after bus lines or the bus monitor checking names. You may also send a text message to the school before 2.30pm, to the school mobile: 027 756 3485.



How are the buses funded?


St Andrews School has 3 of  the approximate 515 New Zealand school bus runs that are funded under what is called Direct Resourcing. Under Direct Resourcing, a set amount is paid directly to the school, based on a formula of route distance and number of bus-eligible pupils.  From the funds, the school must cover all running costs; wages, fuel, maintenance and repairs, as well as put funds aside for future bus replacement (where appropriate).

The main advantage of being directly resourced is flexibility and safety. This flexibility means that for many (not all) families we can offer a “gate to gate” service and we put inplace higher saftey standards that the ministry does; for example all students on St Andrews buses must have a seat belt and no students are to be standing.



Is my child a bus pupil?


The MOE provides bus funding for:
~ Children under 10 years old who live more than 3.2 kilometres away from their nearest school.
~ Children 10 years old or over, who live more than 4.8 kilometres away from their nearest school.
These children are known as eligible children.
 


What is a Memorandum of Agreement for DR Buses?

The ASTN have signed a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with the Ministry of Education which sets out a range of guidelines with which our school must abide by to recieve DR funding.  These guidelines refer to driver qualifications, safety, age of our vehicle fleet, TEZ's etc.  For our school to continue to recieve funding to operate our buses, we must adhere to the guidelines as stated in this MOA.



What happens if our school does not abide by the guidelines of the MOA?

The Ministry of Education has the right to cease funding of our DR bus runs if our school fails to meet its obligations as stated in the MOA.  If this happens, we will lose our DR funding and will revert to MOE contracted runs.



Who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the buses?


The school’s Bus Controller is responsible for the day-to-day running of the buses. At St Andrews School the bus controller is the Principal.

The Bus Controller is responsible for informing parents of bus routes and organising bus transport on enrolment, monitoring pupil behavior, keeping bus lists up to date and monitoring the changes, keeping parents informed on bus routes, driver contact numbers and any changes that may occur from time to time. The safety of all pupils on the bus runs is of prime importance. Training bus monitors and organising the annual bus safety lesson with the Police Education Officer is also part of the bus controller’s responsibilities.



Who is responsible for setting the rules and policies for the running of our buses?

The ASTN is responsible for setting the procedures and policies for the operation of the bus service. The ASTN is guided by the rules and regulations of both the Ministry of Education and Land Transport Safety Authority.
Designated St Andrews board members are members of the ASTN board. This is currently Alison Murney.
A Bus Report is a regular part of each month’s Board meetings.



How do I know that the buses are safe?

A&D must adhere to strict regulations on the saftey of vechiles. All buses are regularly serviced. The buses undergo the equivalent of a Warrant of Fitness every six months; this Certificate of Fitness verifies that the bus has passed all relevant safety standards.
Part of each driver’s daily duty is to undertake a visual inspection of the bus before starting the run each morning.



What qualifications do the drivers have?

All drivers hold a Class II License with Passenger Endorsement. To renew the “P” Endorsement drivers must undertake a medical examination and be police checked. In addition the A&D complete a Police Vet as part its employment process.



What is a TEZ?

TEZ stands for Transport Entitlement Zone and this is simply the midpoint (as decided by the MOE) between neighbouring schools.  Our school is permitted to operate our buses anywhere within this TEZ, however if we wish to cross the TEZ of a neighbouring school to collect children, we must obtain written permission from that school whose TEZ we wish to cross into.



Whose TEZ do we have permission to cross?

Our school borders three other school TEZ's (Beaconsfield School, Cannington School and Makikihi School).  We have written permission from Beaconsfield School and Cannington School to cross their TEZ, however, we do not have permission from Makikihi School.



What do I do if I have a concern or problem?

Day to day concerns and questions can normally be resolved by the Principal acting as the Bus Controller. Please ring or talk to the Principal rather than talk to the drivers directly. If the concern is a policy issue the Principal is unable to independently make a decision; the Principal will take the matter to the Board at the next meeting and in turn to the ASTN.
Parents may also raise matters with the Board member responsible, Alison Murney.



What happens if a bus breaks down?

The responsibility of the driver if bus breaks down while on the run is documented in the driver’s job descriptions. They are responsible for the safety of the children on the bus and they stay with the bus. This may mean they have to wait for a passing vehicle before being able to inform the school of the breakdown.

In the event of a breakdown A&D will dispatch a bus from there depot to complete the run of the broken down bus. This will mean that delays will occur.

Once the school is informed of the break down it is the Principal’s responsibility to notify parents of the children yet to be picked up, and arrange for the safe collection of the children already on the bus, either by the parent or by the replacement bus from A&D.

If a bus breaks down prior to the afternoon run parents will be phoned and advised of the delays to the bus run.



Safety Reminder

Children using the bus need to be reminded to walk to the rear of the bus after disembarking and wait for the bus to move off before leaving the roadside.