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How do I contact Transportation to discuss a problem with our bus route?

The telephone number is (732) 828-6620.
When should my child arrive at his/her bus stop?                                                
Students who travel to school by bus are to be at their designated stop ten (10) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. They must also wait ten (10) minutes after the bus is due to arrive in case it is late.
 
What are the guidelines regarding conduct while students are waiting for and riding on the bus?                                                                                             
Parents are advised to stress safety and proper behavior on the school bus and at the bus stop. Good conduct is necessary for the safety and welfare of all passengers. The bus driver is responsible for maintaining order on the school bus. Cooperation from all students is expected. At the beginning of the school year, a list of rules for proper conduct is distributed. Students who are found to be in violation of the prescribed rules and regulations are subject to disciplinary action by the building principal or designee.
 
How can I arrange for bus transportation to or from a babysitter's location?
The Franklin Township Board of Education provides bus transportation to and from babysitter locations with some exceptions. Requests from parents or guardians for such transportation are accepted between the end of May and the beginning of July. All requests are reviewed according to the criteria established by Board Policy No. 3541. Any requests received after July of each year will be considered by the Board of Education in October. This consideration does not guarantee that the request will be honored.  For more information, please call the Transportation Department at (732) 828-6620.
 
What is required to register a new student?
Registration for enrollment of all students through Grade Twelve is handled through Parent Information, located on the first floor of the Board of Education Administration Building, 1755 Amwell Road, Somerset, NJ. The general information telephone number is (732) 873-2400 Ext. 401. If you have any questions, please feel free to make an appointment or call and a staff member will be happy to help you.
  • Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before October 31st.
  • A valid birth certificate
  • Proof of residence (tax or utility bill, lease or mortgage statement)
  • Up-to date immunization records
  • Transfer information from previous school

If you are not the mother, father or legal guardian of the child, and you would like to register him or her, you must provide proof of guardianship established by the NJ Surrogate Court or through a documented DYFS placement.

 
In a case where a child resides with an adult other than the parent, and this adult lives in the district, sworn statements of support are required. For more specific information, you may call Pupil Personnel Services at (732) 873-2400 Ext. 203.  Children moving into the district during the school year who have started Kindergarten elsewhere may be placed directly into Kindergarten with the approval of the Superintendent. 
 
Incoming residents who have entered into a contract to buy, build or lease a residence in the township may register their children a maximum of eight weeks prior to the anticipated date of residency. A copy of the contract is required at the time of registration.
 
What is the procedure for a child to take medication while in school?

Only school nurses are permitted to administer medication.  In addition to a written doctor's order, the parent must also fill out a permission slip.  These forms along with the medication in the original container clearly marked with the student's name and doctor's name are kept in a locked cabinet in the nurse's office.  

 
These forms will give permission for the administration of medication and relieve the Board of Education and its employees of any liability.  The required written form from the prescribing physician shall include:

              The purpose of the medication

              The dosage of the medication

              The time or special circumstances for administration

                 of medication

              The length of time for which medication is prescribed

              The possible side affects of the medication

 
All non-prescription drugs are to be handled in the same manner as prescribed drugs. Therefore, the nurse will administer drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol, antihistamines, or non-prescription cough syrup only upon receipt of written notes from the doctor and parent/guardian.
 
Self-administration of medication is permitted for asthma or other potentially life-threatening illness by students in Grades Three through Twelve. This applies to students when they are on school premises during regular school hours, as well as off-site, during a field trip or extracurricular activity. Life-threatening illness refers to an illness or condition that requires an immediate response to specific symptoms that may indicate the potential loss of life, e.g., epi-pen in response to anaphylaxis. As with other medications, the parent must:      

              Submit written authorization to the school nurse that allows the student's self-administration of medication;

              Submit written verification from the student's physician that the student has a potentially life-threatening illness and is capable of, and has been instructed in, the proper method of  self-administration of medication;          

            Submit a signed statement from parents or guardians acknowledging that the
Board of Education or any of the staff shall not be liable as a result of an injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the student.
 
Furthermore, the parents or guardians shall indemnify and hold harmless the district and its employees or agents against any claims arising out of self-administration of medication by the student.