Bus Privilege Registration 2023-2024

Parent Portal is open for  2023-2024 Bus Privilege Registration from August 1, 2023 through August 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM

Please note that the Powerschool parent portal is open from August 1, 2023 through August 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM for 2023-2024 bus registrations.  For all the new families who just moved to town, welcome!  Please register for your children's bus service using the parent portal. Late fees do not apply to families who have recently moved to Shrewsbury or have children entering kindergarten.

For all late registrations pertaining to students already enrolled in Shrewsbury Public Schools during our spring registration window [April-June 30, 2023] and missed the deadline of June 30th, there will be a $50 late fee automatically applied to your account when you register.  

For the families who partially registered but didn't pay before the June 30th deadline, there will be a $50 late fee automatically applied to your account when you pay.

Bus routes will be generated and released on August 22, 2023 for the students who registered and paid before the deadline of August 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM. Please note that registrations and payments received after August 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM may not be processed until up to two weeks after the start of the school year due to the potential need to rearrange routes due to late registrations. This means that current students not registered and paid by August 11 may not have transportation until September 12.

Click here to access the Parent Portal to register for bus privileges for the 2023-2024 school year.
The bus fee for the 2023-2024 school year is $320/student with a $960 family cap.

All students who wish to use bus transportation are REQUIRED to be registered each year, regardless of whether fees apply.  This includes families who have reached the family cap.

All students who wish to ride a bus to a school in our district (Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, St. John’s High School, St. Mary’s School, Montessori School, Al Hamra Academy) must be registered in our Bus Registration Systems.  If this applies to you, click here for more information and to register online.
Bus registration and payment must be done via the PowerSchool Parent Portal for students attending Shrewsbury Public Schools and via the Google Form for students attending Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and all private schools.  There is no “processing charge/convenience fee” for online payment of the bus fee and both credit cards and debit cards are accepted.  If your child has a negative food service account balance or owes a fee for some other additional service, then you will be blocked from bus registration until all overdue payments are made.
Please know that if you are registering a child with our district for the first time and do not have a Parent Portal account, you must wait for those credentials and you will not be charged a late fee.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the transportation director.  If you will not be registering for bus transportation for the upcoming year, no action is necessary.

Registration Procedure

STEP 1: Online Registration - The registration process begins with the online portion through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  If you cannot access your Parent Portal account, please tech support.  A message will be displayed during the registration process stating whether or not a fee is required.  Print the online registration confirmation form for your records.  If no fee is due, your registration is complete.

STEP 2: Payment, if required* - If payment is required, families will see a link to use our online payment option or choose to send in payment in the form of check or money order.

*Payment Requirements - All students in grades K-6 who reside 2.0 miles or less from their school and students in grades 7-12 are REQUIRED to pay the fee.  The bus fee is $320 per child with a $960 family cap.

Type of Payment Accepted - We strongly encourage you to use the online payment option.  There is no processing fee to pay using this method and you will receive a receipt via email when the transaction is complete.  If payment is required and online payment option is not chosen, we will only accept checks or money orders.  Make checks payable to Shrewsbury Public Schools and mail in or drop off to - 100 Maple Ave., School Dept./Transportation Dept. along with the confirmation printout.

STEP 3: Bus Stop Information - Parents/guardians will obtain bus number and stop location information in late August by accessing the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  No information will be sent homes.  The Transportation Department will communicate via email when the information is available in the Parent Portal.

Additional Information

  • Late Fee - A $50 per child late fee with $150 family cap will be incurred for late bus registrations and/or payment.  PLEASE NOTE: Our transportation department begins the routing process immediately following the conclusion of the registration time frame.  Therefore, students will NOT be guaranteed bus privileges for the first few weeks of school unless BOTH registration and payment are received at the school department office by the deadline.  This is absolutely necessary to allow for internal processing and adequate time for our transportation contractor to plan routes, check route timing, train the drivers, and to evaluate the ridership capacity to ensure the safety and comfort of all students transported.
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Qualifications - Students who have qualified for free and reduced lunch are entitled to free transportation provided that an application for qualification has been submitted and approved each year.  Click here for details.
  • Refund Policy - Refunds will be issued if the refund request is received by 4:30 p.m. on August 31st. A processing fee of $25 per student will be deducted from the refund request.  However, if there is a question regarding your need for transportation for the upcoming year, you are encouraged to apply and send in payment to avoid the late fee.  The Business Office will individually consider all refund requests.  Having all registration information before the routing is arranged is extremely beneficial for our contractor to ensure efficiency and safety for all of our students.

Please refer to the Transportation Policies and Procedures document and the FAQ document.  Many updates and changes have been instituted.  General questions can be sent via email.

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