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
Welcome, New Drivers!
Thank you, Driver Trainer, Julie Blakley!
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.
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.
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 Access Code 5925
•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
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.
Due to COVID-19, guest riders are not allowed on school buses during the 2021-2022 school year.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Two trips are secondary or elementary only.
Four trips are secondary and elementary.
School Bus Driver Requirements
Including criminal history and Department of Child Services checks.
Sections include 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13
Tim FoleySafety Director389 E. Jackson St, Martinsville, IN 46151Phone 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.
We would like to make you aware of our procedures and communication plan concerning the possibility of inclement weather:
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:
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.
Parents can replay automated messages from the district by calling 765-343-7001.