Transportation and Safety

Parents, don't forget about our bus app!

Zonar MyView

Our transportation team is excited to launch our new bus app, Zonar My View. This project is important to us to ensure families feel secure when students ride buses.

-Mr. Dennis Mills, Transportation Director

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Welcome, New Drivers!

Thank you, Driver Trainer, Julie Blakley!

Transportation

Serving Students

The transportation team is here to serve our students. Buses run for all ten schools within the district plus the Artesian Center for Excellence (A.C.E.). Bus transportation is available to students living in Baker, Clay, Green, Jefferson, Ray and Washington Townships. Door to door bus service is not available for each address in the district. Shuttle service is provided for some secondary students. Walk areas exist for both secondary and elementary students. To verify bus service or have questions, please contact us: Tel 765-349-5597/ Fax 765-349-5268.

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Transportation Team

How Do I Download the Bus App, Zonar MyView?

The bus app is a free tool for parents to determine when buses will pick-up and drop-off students. To download the app, please see directions below.

Quick Directions

1. Download the Zonar MyView App.

2. Enter 5925 school access code.

3. Enter Skyward student identification number.

4. Select your student(s)' buses. Search the number and school.

5. Select School Abbreviation.

(School abbreviations are listed under district info in the next column. (Example: 10 - GTE- AM)

6. Create Alert Zones.

(You will be contacted when the bus enters the zone.) Multiple zones are allowed.

7. Enable Push Messages.

To receive messages about the bus route. (Under Settings Tab)

District Info

District Access Code 5925

School Abbreviations

•Martinsville High School - MHS

•John R. Wooden Middle School - JRS

•Bell Intermediate Academy - BIA

•Brooklyn STEM Academy - BSA

•Centerton Elementary - CES

•Green Township Elementary - GTE

•Paragon Elementary - PES

•Poston Road Elementary - PRE

•South Elementary School of Communications - SES

•Smith Fine Arts Academy - SFA

Safety

Per federal mandate, all students riding buses must wear masks through March 18, 2022. Please contact your driver or the transportation department should you have any concerns about your student. Sharing this information with us will allow for increased awareness.

Guest Riders

Due to COVID-19, guest riders are not allowed on school buses during the 2021-2022 school year.

Rules

Students on buses should conduct themselves in the same manner as in the classroom. Should a problem arise the bus driver may contact the parent, school principal, or issue a written School Bus Conduct report. The report will be sent home with the student for a parental signature. The seriousness of the conduct and/or the number of previous reports determine the next actions taken. Please contact the driver, transportation director, or school principal should you have a question or concern. Video and audio equipment are also housed on each bus. Bus rules are listed below:

•Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.

•Be courteous, use no profane language.

•Do not eat or drink on the bus.

•Keep the bus clean.

•Cooperate with the driver.

•Do not smoke.

•Do not be destructive.

•Stay in your seat.

•Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.

•Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.

Bus Schedules

Students should report to the designated stop 5 minutes early. The driver may, but is not required to wait at the stop. Stop location, traffic conditions and route schedule may prevent the driver from waiting extended periods of time. For your convenience, we offer a free bus app to assist in bus schedules.

Bus Zones

A 1.5-mile walk zone has been established for the MSD of Martinsville. Shuttle areas have reduced this distance for grades 6-12.

Bus Danger Zones

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Employment

If you are interested in becoming a school bus driver or bus driver substitute, please contact us. Our department offers hands-on Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training.

Training

Licensure to operate a school bus takes about 4 - 6 weeks from training to the final test. Our driver trainer, Julie Blakely, and our team is here to assist you along the way. In addition, we offer reimbersed paid training. Join us!

Pay

School Bus Driver Requirements

Safety

 

Tim Foley
Safety Director
389 E. Jackson St, Martinsville, IN 46151
Phone 765-342-6641

The safety of our students is most important to us as a district. Our goal is for each child to thrive in a positive and safe educational environment. Each year our district invests in new technology, implements new procedures, and attends professional development seminars in an effort to stay ahead of any unforeseen situation and protect our district. We have implemented a visitor check-in system at all schools, added more video cameras, renovated entryway doors, were one of the first schools in the state to request hand-held, metal detectors offered by Governor Holcomb’s office, and most recently added a 3rd full-time resource (police) officer to our district.

Our students engage in fire, tornado, and safety drills which is not only mandated by the Indiana Department of Education but the right thing to do. We do not usually discuss our safety drills for the purpose of keeping our procedures away from those who may not have good intentions.

Safety Resources

 
 
We want our students to become tech-savvy by learning new programs that will assist them in their future careers. Along with the understanding of how to use technology is the need for responsible digital citizenship and an awareness of online safety practices. Each student will receive either an iPad or Chromebook to enhance their academic experience; however, several common websites and apps are restricted from MSD of Martinsville devices including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Hangouts, Pinterest,  YouTube Kids, ROBLOX, WhatsApp and video games. We are governed by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA )  which protects students from malicious content.
 Please note that our district has blocked the search terms from our computers/Chromebooks; however, we are unable to block cell phones connected to their own data plans. As a district, student safety is our #1 priority. We administer extensive levels of security to ensure that our online content for students is age appropriate. Though we do allow Youtube (not Youtube Kids), it is filtered, monitored and restricted to what students can view.
 
Parents, if your child has a social media account, we encourage you to please consider age appropriateness and exposure from older siblings or friends. Please talk about the content they access, the importance of not accepting any communications invitations from people they do not know and not sharing personal information. Please continue to have regular conversations with children about Internet safety and monitor what’s happening on their accounts.
 
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Inclement Weather Procedures

We would like to make you aware of our procedures and communication plan concerning the possibility of inclement weather:

  • Weather decisions are made by our team who monitor conditions closely both through technology as well as by driving actual roads throughout the district. 
  • When determining a delay, early dismissal, or cancellation of school, countywide weather conditions are reviewed. In addition, we utilize the National Weather Service website @ www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/wind_chill.shtml as well as a private product called Weather Sentry.  
 

Communication

Before school, every effort will be made to have a decision by 5:30 AM and communicated to you and your family in the following ways: 

  1. Staff/ parents will be notified through an all-call using School Messenger. (Telephone numbers are generated from our Skyward database. At your convenience, please check Skyward to ensure your telephone # is up-to-date for this academic year.)
  2. Communication will be added to the district’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MSD of Martinsville
  3. Communication will be sent to the following radio and TV stations: WCBK, WISH 8, WRTV-6, WTHR-13, Fox-59.
 

Early Dismissal

As weather conditions in our area can change quickly, an early dismissal may be necessary. We will make a decision concerning dismissal as early as possible, next, call parents through School Messenger, and finally, communicate information to our website, social media, and local media.

We encourage you as a family to develop a weather plan. For example, if parents or guardians work, where should your child go if there is an early dismissal or a two-hour delay? Please be mindful that weather prediction is just that, a prediction. We will drive roads, use science, and apply common sense before making any decisions.  Please also keep in mind that our school service area spans many miles and while in your area it may just be flurries, we could very easily have icing conditions in another. We hope this information helps as we work together planning for inclement weather events.

Replay District Messages

Parents can replay automated messages from the district by calling 765-343-7001.