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Transportation Service Frequently Asked Questions

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Can my child ride a public school bus?

The following school districts currently provide transportation to Hathaway Brown School for students who reside in their local districts. Different restrictions apply to each district. Because of the current economy, many districts are considering changing their services. Please check directly with the transportation department of your local school district to find out for certain what transportation will be offered for the 2014-2015 school year. Click here for a listing of school district telephone contacts.

As of April 15, 2014:

District Telephone Current Service
Beachwood 216.464.6609 K-12
Chagrin Falls 440.893.4055 K-12
Mayfield 440.995.7891 K-12
Orange 216.831.8600 ext. 7632 K-12
Shaker Heights 216.295.4373 K-8
Cleveland Heights/University Heights 216.371.7195 K-5 if more than one mile from school
6-8 if more than two miles from school

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Can my child ride a Hathaway Brown School bus?

Hathaway Brown School will first try to provide transportation to or from school for those studetns who could not attend school without it. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who are not eligible for public school transportation. If seating is available, we will provide transportation to other families as well. If room permits, we will transport siblings in grades K-8 to University School's Shaker Heights campus.

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What does transportation cost?

Public school transportation is free.

Hathaway Brown School does charge for transportation in order to help offset the cost of drivers, vehicles, insurance, maintenance, and fuel. We have changed our pricing policy for the new year.

Our costs for the 2014-2015 school year are listed below.

Service Cost
Transportation to school is now available only on a daily basis for the school year. $1,525
Transportation home after school will now be billed at a rate of $11 per trip, not to exceed $1,600 for the entire school year. $11/Trip

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Is service provided where I live?

We will adjust our routes each year, if we can, to provide transportation as it is needed.

We currently provide transportation to the following areas:

Akron/Bath/Richfield/Brecksville/Medina - A bus stops at central pick up points at the McDonald's Restaurant in the parking lot behind the facility on Wheatley Road just west of I-77 and south of I-271 and at St. Mark's Chruch on E. Pleasant Valley Road at McCreary Rd. west of I-77. In the morning only central stop pick up is available. Students who can not be met at a central stop after school may, depending on the location, be driven home after the bus has stopped at central point locations. Call the transportation office at (216) 320-8081 to see if residential drop off can be arranged.

Aurora/Bainbridge/Chagrin Falls and Eastern Suburbs South of Fairmount Boulevard - A bus picks students up and takes them home. Depending upon where the families reside, we may require them to meet the bus at a central stop. In previous years, that stop has been at the KMart at SR-306 and Bainbridge Road.

Bratenahl/Cleveland Heights - Because the Cleveland Heights/University Heights school district provides transportation to school for students in grades K-8 HB will transport only students in grades 9-12 who will ride daily. Students from Bratenahl of any age are provided transportation to HB but no service is available home after school.

Hudson/Twinsburg - A school vehicle picks students up and takes them home.

Solon/Orange Village - A bus combines residential stops with a central pick-up point at the Sears parking lot on SOM Center Road.

Westlake/Rocky River/Bay Village/Lakewood - A bus stops at central pick-up points at Clemens/Crocker, Detroit/Clague, and Winterhurst Skating Arena. Students who cannot meet at a central stop after school are taken home.

The vehicles that we use may change from year to year, depending upon the number of riders that we have from each area. Pick-up and drop-off areas may change and are dependent upon the transportation requests that we receive. Routes may be cancelled if these is not sufficient usage to support them.

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Who can ride the bus?

We transport students in grades K-12 and their siblings in grades K-8 at University School. From time to time, we may transport students from other schools as well.

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Is transportation available after athletics or after-school programs?

No. The buses leave at the end of the regularly scheduled school day. Buses depart HB promptly at 3:30 p.m.

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Do the routes or times change during exams?

No. Because we transport students of all ages together, we cannot change the route during exams. If this causes a hardship, please call Transportation Director Bob Armstrong at 216.320.8081 or email to see if a special arrangement can be made.

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What happens if I am not at the central stop after school when the bus arrives? What about the morning?

The driver will continue on the route and return to the central stop when all of the other students have been dropped off. If you are the last stop, the driver will wait for you. If you cannot be reached, other contacts on your transportation registration form will be called and arrangements will be made for them to meet your child. If no one can be reached, the student will be taken back to the school and the driver or someone from the school will wait with the child until she is picked up.

In the morning, the driver will wait for two minutes past the scheduled departure time and then continue to the next stop.

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Whom do I call if my child will not ride the bus?

Call the Hathaway Brown School Transportation at (216) 320-8081 and leave a message if your call is not answered.

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Can my child bring a friend home with her on the bus?

We will allow guest passengers if there is room on the bus. We must have written permission from the guest's parent(s) and emergency contact information before the guest can ride the bus. Please call the Hathaway Brown School Transportation Office at 216.320.8081 to schedule a guest.

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If my child has a large project, such as a Science Fair poster, can she bring it on the bus?

As long as the project can fit on the bus seat, she can bring it with her. For safety reasons, we cannot allow anything to be placed in the bus aisle, doorway, or exits. NO ANIMALS can be transported on school buses.

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Can my child be dropped off at a different stop from the usual stop?

Yes, but we must have your written permission and we must be able to make the stop without causing any disruption to the service of other passengers. We have had instances where we have taken a student home one day, to a parent's workplace another day, and to a grandparent's home on yet another day.

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How do we sign up for Hathaway Brown School Transportation Service?

To register for the 2014-2015 school year, please click here to complete the form online or click here to download a registration form and mail it to: Hathaway Brown School Transportation, 19600 North Park Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122. All registration materials must be received before June 27, 2014.

Once the registration forms are received, drivers will identify their stops and a preliminary schedule will be determined. Passengers who register after June 30 may be required to meet the van or bus at an already-determined stop.

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Where can I get more information?

Contact the Hathaway Brown School Transporation Service by phone at 216.320.8081 

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Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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