Washington is one of 18 school transportation locations that All-Star Transportation operates in Connecticut. All-Star established its terminal in Washington in 2004 to serve Regional School District 12 and transports more than 1,200 children daily during the school year.
Safety is central to All-Star’s mission. Our drivers are licensed and rigorously trained. Our buses meet the highest maintenance standards, and each bus undergoes a safety inspection by the driver before every trip that it makes. For example, the brakes, lights, emergency exits and more are among the features checked on every bus before students are picked up in the morning, and many of the same items are checked again before students are picked up from school.
To further ensure the safety of students, rules and regulations have been put in place. Our drivers learn these rules during training and they enforce them. Parents and students also have a critical role, and it’s important that they also read the rules and regulations to learn what’s expected of them. Parents and students should review this information in preparation for the first day of school and refer to it throughout the school year.
Serving: Bridgewater, Roxbury, Washington
Address: 82 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794
Phone: (860) 868-0666
Fax: (860) 868-6601
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 5:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Manager: Pam Newton
Dispatcher: Pam Brennan
Safety Supervisor: Anita Yarrish
The school bus routes for the Region 12 Schools are listed under the school that your student will be attending. You can find bus routes here.
Parents should check the Region 12 Schools website for information about early dismissal days (for example: conferences and early-release days). A list of Region 12 school hours can be found below.
NOTE: Bus schedules are subject to revisions that result from enrollment changes, transfers and address changes. Changes and / or additions will be posted to the school district’s website and residents are encouraged to frequently check the Region 12 website.
The time for each bus route is the approximate time the bus will make its first pickup in the morning. Adjustments will be made as necessary and as soon as possible. Students should be at their stops 5-10 minutes before the time listed on the bus route. The stop times can vary 5-10 minutes either way, depending on traffic, weather and the number of students riding the bus.
Please do not worry if a bus is late, especially at the start of a school year when it typically takes a few days for kindergarten children and new students to become accustomed to the bus routes and schedules. If, however, you have concerns about your bus being consistently late over a period of several days, please contact the Washington office at 860-868-0666.
It is important that students remember to stand at least 10 feet from the road and not move toward the bus until the bus driver nods his or her head signaling that it is safe to board the bus.
Listed below are the regular school hours and bell times.
School Bell Times:
Shepaug Valley School – 7:55 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Booth Free School – 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Burnham School – 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Washington Primary School – 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Listed below are the school hours for early dismissal and delayed openings.
Shepaug Valley School – 9:55 a.m.
Booth Free School – 11:00 a.m.
Burnham School – 11:00 a.m.
Washington Primary School – 11:00 a.m.
Shepaug Valley School – 11:15 a.m.
Booth Free School – 12:15 p.m.
Burnham School – 12:15 p.m.
Washington Primary School – 12:15 p.m.
All Region 12 students, parents and school personnel receive an automated phone call when school is cancelled or delayed.
During inclement weather, all out-of-district buses follow the schedule set by Region 12. If Region 12 schools are closed, there is no out-of-district bus service.
(Oliver Wolcott, Nonnewaug, Washington Montessori)
Out-of-district transportation follows Region 12’s schedule. Students attending out-of-district schools are picked up and dropped off at designated stops.
Individuals seeking a change to a student’s pick-up and/or drop-off procedure must complete and submit an Alternative Transportation request form to the main office at their child’s school. You can find the form online.
Kindergarten students will not be allowed to leave the bus without a parent or designated adult to meet them! First-grade through fifth-grade students will be expected to leave the bus with or without an adult present. It is the responsibility of each parent to be at the bus stop on time if the student needs to be met. Here are some safety tips for parents to keep in mind.
In the event a change to a pick-up and drop-off schedule is needed during the school year, parents need to complete and submit an Alternative Transportation Request form to the main office at their child’s school. You can find the form online.
The school bus is an extension of the classroom and students are expected to maintain behavior acceptable in a classroom setting. With that in mind, here are some important rules.
1. Students should be at their bus stop five minutes prior to their scheduled pickup time.
2. Students should stand back 10 to 15 feet from the road whenever possible.
3. Students should wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop and for the driver to nod his/her head before approaching the bus.
4. Children should never run after the bus as it pulls away as the driver may not see them.
5. If students need to cross in front of the bus, they should wait until the bus driver nods his / her head to signal it is safe to cross the street.
6. Students should cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus; if you can’t see the driver then the driver can’t see you.
7. If a student drops something in front of the bus, the student should leave the item where it fell until getting the driver’s attention and permission to retrieve the item.
8. No student should ever run towards / from the rear, alongside of a bus. A driver may not see a student in some danger zone blind spots.
9. Shout out to get the driver’s attention if you need the driver to remain stopped for any reason.
10. Be courteous, no profane language.
11. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
12. Keep the bus clean – put all litter in trash cans available on all buses.
13. Cooperate with the driver.
14. No smoking, including electronic cigarettes / vaping.
15. Do not destroy bus equipment / fixtures.
16. Remain seated until the bus is fully stopped.
17. Keep hands, heads and feet inside the bus.
18. The bus driver has the authority to assign seats.
19. Cell phones must not be used to take pictures or record conversations. They may be used to make calls, only with the driver’s permission.
20. Know the school bus danger zones.