Monroe is one of 18 school transportation locations that All-Star Transportation operates in Connecticut. All-Star established its terminal in Monroe in 2012 and transports more than 3,300 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.
Address: 34 Enterprise Drive, Monroe, CT 06468
Phone: (203) 261-2691
Fax: (203) 261-2705
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Manager: Mike Lawlor
Dispatcher: Sue Alves
Safety Supervisor: Kelly Lukeski
Starting August 1, 2019, information regarding bus stops for the Monroe Public Schools can only be accessed through the PowerSchool portal. Please sign into your PowerSchool account to access this information. If you experience any problems with PowerSchool contact your respected school.
Residents are asked to share issues or concerns with their child’s bus stop location by calling Monroe Public Schools Transportation Office at 203-452-2860, ext. 2900. You can also find information on the Transportation Office webpage.
Parents should check the district website for information about early dismissal days (for example: conferences and early-release days). You can find a complete list of school bell schedules listed below.
NOTE: Bus schedules are subject to revisions that result from enrollment changes, transfers and address changes. Changes and / or additions will be updated in PowerSchool and residents are encouraged to frequently check their PowerSchool account.
The time for each bus stop is approximate and is based on its first pick-up and/or drop off in the route. Adjustments will be made as necessary and as soon as possible. A notification from the school will be sent out on any major adjustments to a bus route. Students should be at their stop 10 minutes before the time listed in PowerSchool. The stop times can vary up to 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 Monroe office at 203-261-2691.
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:
Masuk High School – 7:25 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Arrive 7:20 a.m.)
Jockey Hollow Middle School – 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. (Arrive 8:05 a.m.)
Jockey Hollow MS STEM – 8:05 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Arrive 7:50 a.m.)
Fawn Hollow Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. (Arrive 8:45 a.m.)
Monroe Elementary School – 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. (Arrive 8:05 a.m.)
Stepney Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. (Arrive 8:45 a.m.)
Listed below are the school hours and other times, such as early dismissal and delayed openings. For a more detailed list of early dismissal/delayed openings click here.
Masuk High School – 9:25 a.m.
Jockey Hollow Middle School – 10:15 a.m.
Jockey Hollow MS STEM – 10:05 a.m.
Fawn Hollow Elementary School – 11:00 a.m.
Monroe Elementary School – 10:15 a.m.
Stepney Elementary School – 11:00 a.m.
Masuk High School – 12:00 p.m.
Jockey Hollow Middle School – 12:50 p.m.
Jockey Hollow MS STEM – 12:40 p.m.
Fawn Hollow Elementary School – 1:35 p.m.
Monroe Elementary School – 12:50 p.m.
Stepney Elementary School – 1:35 p.m.
Bus service to out-of-district schools will follow the calendars posted by the out-of-district schools. If the Monroe Public Schools are closed, service will be as usual.
For emergency dismissals and delayed openings, the following policy applies:
1. There will be no bus service if either the out-of-district schools or Monroe Public Schools are closed due to an emergency.
2. When there is a delayed opening or early dismissal for out-of-district schools, buses will operate at the time that is later in the morning and earlier in the afternoon. Please see the examples below:
A.M. – If there is a 90-minute delay for the Monroe Public Schools and a two-hour delay for Henry Abbott Technical School, the out-of-town bus for Henry Abbott Tech will follow the Henry Abbott Technical School opening.
P.M. – If there is a two-hour early dismissal for the Monroe Public Schools and a 90-minute early dismissal for Henry Abbott Technical School, buses will follow the Monroe Public Schools closing.
Any individual seeking a change to a student’s pick-up and / or drop-off procedure must contact the Monroe Public Schools Transportation Office. The Transportation Office provides an online form for parents wanting to submit a request. Bus stops need to be consistent; they need to be the same every morning and every afternoon daily.
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 their home school. All other students – grades 1 through 12 – do not require an adult present.
However, for grades 1 through 5, if a parent or other authorized adult/caregiver that is usually present when a student is dropped off is not there, that student will be brought back to school. Parents, please talk to your students and have them tell the driver if there is no one there to take them off the bus. 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 inform the school if they want their student to be dropped off at their bus stop without an adult being present. 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 an online form provided by Monroe Public Schools Transportation Office. You can find the form here.
No changes are made to bus routes during the first four weeks of school unless there is a safety issue.
Riding the bus for the first time can be a very stressful experience for both parents and students, and we are here to help. All-Star Transportation drivers care about the safety of students and are qualified to teach everyone what they need to know to be safe.
During the first few weeks of a school year, a driver will focus on teaching bus rules and behavior. This is for the benefit of all new students and a refresher for older students. Parents are encouraged to review rules and expectations with their students.
Prior to first bus trip:
1. For kindergarten students who will be riding their first bus, there’s an orientation video available.
2. It is required that a parent, guardian or other designated adult accompany the kindergarten student to and from the bus stop. Students will be returned to the school if an authorized adult is not present to receive them on their return home.
3. Be at the bus stop five to 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive. Schedules can change and the bus could be early. Please stand at least 10 feet away from the edge of the road.
4. If you have a stop where your child has to cross the road, please allow the bus driver to control the situation. A bus driver will nod his or her head to let students know when it is safe to cross.
5. Please check school calendars. Students returning home on an early dismissal need to have their parent or authorized adult present in order to be dropped off.
6. All changes to bus schedules whether they are permanent or a onetime situation must be submitted through the school. If you need to cancel your child’s pick up, have questions or concerns please feel free to contact All-Star’s Monroe terminal at 203- 261-2691.
7. For more information regarding schedules and for bus inquiries please use the Monroe Public Schools website.
Bus riding expectations:
1. Kindergarten students will sit in the front of the bus.
2. Students are to stay seated, facing forward at all times. No standing, sitting sideways, sitting on knees, or blocking the aisle.
3. Talk in moderate and reasonable tones, use indoor voices. Yelling and screaming is not allowed.
4. No eating or drinking on the bus.
5. Listen and follow instructions from the bus driver.
6. No hanging anything outside the bus.
7. No throwing of anything inside the bus, or outside the bus windows.
8. No yelling out of bus windows.
9. No moving around the bus while it is in motion. Wait until the bus has stopped to get out of your seat.
10. Keep your hands to yourself.
11. Only carry onto the bus what you can hold in your lap. No blocking aisles or windows.
12. No glass, pets, or large objects that encumber a child getting on or off the bus are permitted.
13. Know the school bus danger zones.
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 10 minutes prior to their scheduled pickup time.
2. Students should stand back 10 to 15 feet from the road whenever possible. Know the school bus danger zones.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact All-Star Transportation’s Monroe office at 203-261-2691.