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Thomaston School Bus Routes

The 2016-17 school bus routes for the Thomaston schools are listed under the school that your student will be attending. You can find bus routes here.

Parents should check the school district website for information about early dismissal days (for example: conferences and early release days). A list of Thomaston school hours can be found here.

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 Thomaston schools 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 All-Star Transportation’s Thomaston office at 860-283-0922.

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.


Thomaston Regular School Hours

Listed below are the regular school hours and bell times. The calendar for all Thomaston schools is here.

School Bell Times:

Thomaston High School – 7:25 a.m. – 2:16 p.m.
Thomaston Center School – 8:05 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Black Rock School – 8:15 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Black Rock School Pre-School
Morning Session – 8:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Session – 12:15 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.


Thomaston School Delays / Dismissal Times

Listed below are the school hours for early dismissal and delayed openings.

2-Hour Delayed Opening Start Times

Thomaston High School – 9:25 a.m.
Thomaston Center School – 10:05 a.m.
Black Rock School – 10:15 a.m.

Black Rock School Pre-School
Morning Session – No class
Afternoon Session – 12:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal Due To Inclement Weather

Thomaston High School – 11:51 a.m.
Thomaston Center School – 12:30 p.m.
Black Rock School – 12:40 p.m.

Black Rock School Pre-School
Morning Session – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Session – No class



Inclement Weather

When bus schedules change due to inclement weather, all buses will follow the Thomaston Public Schools schedule:

– On days when Thomaston Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, out-of-district buses will not run, even if the out-of-district schools remain open.

– On those days when Thomaston schools are closed early due to weather, buses for out-of-district students will be transported on an early-dismissal schedule, even if their schools remain on their regular schedules.

– On days when Thomaston schools have a delayed, two-hour opening, out-of-district buses also will be delayed two hours.

You can find complete details on the Thomaston Public Schools website.


Out-Of-District Bus Information for Bristol Tech, Kaynor, Maloney, Oliver Wolcott, Wamogo, Rotella, Waterbury Arts Magnet

All students traveling to out-of-district schools meet their buses at the Thomaston Public Schools Bus Hub located in the rear parking area of Thomaston High School. At that location there is a shelter for out-of-district students near the gray storage containers. You can find complete details about out-of-district buses routes and schedules on the Thomaston Public Schools website. You can find complete details about out-of-district buses routes and schedules on the Thomaston Public Schools website.

Morning Bus Procedure:

All out-of-district students must be dropped off at the bus shelter in the rear parking area of Thomaston High School at least five minutes before their scheduled bus pick up time.

Parents, guardians and carpool drivers are asked to pull up near the bus shelter to drop off students for bus pickup; do not follow behind the bus or block the bus pickup lane.

Parents, guardians and carpool drivers who wish to wait until students are picked up must park in the spaces numbered 60-80. Students of waiting drivers are expected to wait in the bus shelter; students will not approach a bus from a parked vehicle.

For the safety of our out-of-district students, parents, guardians and carpool drivers must maintain a 25-foot safety zone around school buses. Using the shelter and parking in designated spaces will enable parents, guardians and carpool drivers to maintain this safety zone with limited effort and concern.

Afternoon Bus Procedure:

All out-of-district students must be picked up at the Bus Hub in the rear parking area of Thomaston High School. Parents, guardians and carpool drivers are not to pull up near the bus shelter to pick up students in the afternoon. Students must not approach a moving vehicle or a vehicle not parked in the designated parking area.

All parents, guardians and carpool drivers must park their vehicles in one of the spaces numbered 60-80 approximately five (5) minutes prior to the bus drop-off time; do not follow behind the bus or block the bus drop-off lane.

Students of waiting drivers are expected to walk, not run, to their parent’s, guardian’s or carpool driver’s vehicles with the exception of Rotella and Maloney students who are expected to meet their parents, guardians, or carpool drivers at the bus shelter.

For the safety of our out-of-district students, parents, guardians and carpool drivers must maintain a 25-foot safety zone around school buses. Using the shelter and parking in designated spaces will enable parents, guardians and carpool drivers to maintain this safety zone with limited effort and concern.

Afternoon Options for Bristol Tech, Kaynor, Oliver Wolcott, Wamogo, Waterbury Arts Students:

In the afternoon, students attending Bristol Tech, Kaynor, Oliver Wolcott, Wamogo and Waterbury Arts may be picked up at the Bus Hub or they may choose to transfer to a bus that will transport them to a bus stop near their home.

If you have any questions, please contact All-Star Transportation’s Thomaston office at 860-283-0922 or email deb.lewandoski@all-startransportation.com.


Bus Pick-Up / Drop-Off Procedure

Any individual seeking a change to a student’s pick-up and / or drop-off procedure must complete a change request form and submit it to their student’s school principal. You can find the form here.

All Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be dropped-off at their assigned bus stops and must be met by a parent or an authorized adult / caregiver, or they will be returned to his/her home school.

All other students – grades 1 through 12 – do not require an adult present.

If a student is uncomfortable when getting off at his or her bus stop, that student also will be returned to school. It is advisable for parents to provide a note to their student’s school if they want their student to be dropped off at their bus stop without an adult being present.


Bus Stop Waiver / Changes

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 a Transportation Change Request to their student’s school principal. The request form can be found online by clicking here.


School Bus Rules and Regulations

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 them 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.

If you have any questions, please contact All-Star Transportation’s Thomaston office at 860-283-0922 or email deb.lewandoski@all-startransportation.com.