Region 16 (Prospect)
Prospect is one of 18 school transportation locations that All-Star Transportation operates in Connecticut. All-Star established its terminal in Prospect in 2005 and transports more than 1,400 Regional School District 16 students daily during the school year. The Prospect terminal also provides special needs transportation for Waterbury and Naugatuck public schools.
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: Prospect, Naugatuck and Waterbury special needs students
Address: Grammar Avenue, Prospect, CT 06712
Phone: (203) 758-5989
Fax: (203) 758-7253
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Manager: Allison Wagner
Dispatcher: Maria DiMasso
Safety Supervisor: Christa McFadden
The school bus routes for Region 16 Schools are listed under the town where you live and the school that your student will be attending. You can find bus routes here.
Residents are asked to share issues or concerns with their child’s bus stop location by contacting their student’s school principal or by contacting All-Star Transportation’s Prospect office at 203-758-5989.
Parents should check the school district website for information about early dismissal days (for example: conferences and early release days). A list of Region 16 school hours can be found here.
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 Prospect office at 203-758-5989.
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:
Woodland Regional High School – 7:35 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Long River Middle School – 8:05 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Prospect Elementary School – 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Laurel Ledge Elementary School – 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
H.A.W.K.S. Alternative Education – 2:35 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Listed below are the school hours for early dismissal and delayed openings.
Woodland Regional High School – 9:35 a.m.
Long River Middle School – 10:05 a.m.
Laurel Ledge Elementary School – 10:45 a.m.
H.A.W.K.S. Alternative Education – 2:35 p.m.
Woodland Regional High School – 11:35 p.m.
Long River Middle School – 12:20 p.m.
Laurel Ledge Elementary School – 1:00 p.m.
H.A.W.K.S. Alternative Education – Canceled
Should weather and road conditions prompt the superintendent to close or delay Region 16 schools, all out-of-district school buses will follow the schedule set by Region 16 for that day (2-hour delay or no transportation because Region 16 schools are closed). Out-of-district schools include Kaynor Tech, Nonnewaug, Emmett O’Brien and special needs transportation to Naugatuck and Waterbury.
The superintendent’s decision is made with the safety of students in mind, and All-Star will abide by the call.
In the morning, two buses will pick up Kaynor/Nonnewaug students at their assigned bus stops. The two buses will meet at St. Anthony’s parking lot at 6:40 a.m. One bus will go to Kaynor and the other to Nonnewaug.
In the afternoon, Kaynor students ride to their designated stops on the Kaynor bus and Nonnewaug students will ride home to their designated stops on the Nonnewaug bus.
On days when Region 16 has scheduled days off (teacher workshops, etc.) transportation is provided to Kaynor and Nonnewaug students.
Please call All-Star’s Prospect office at 203-758-5989 with any questions.
Prospect students are picked up at their designated stops and brought to Beacon Falls where they board a Beacon Falls bus to Emmett. In the afternoon, students ride the Beacon Falls bus back to Beacon Falls and board a Prospect bus back to Prospect.
Magnet schools have designated centralized bus stops. Parents should pick the closest stop to their home. When you child is accepted into the program you should call All-Star Transportation’s Prospect office at 203-758-5989 for a list of stops and for assistance in choosing the appropriate stop. Parents must be at the stop in the afternoon.
During inclement weather, transportation for Maloney, Rotella and Waterbury Arts Magnet students follows the decision of the Naugatuck superintendent of schools for delays and cancellations.
The only exception to the rule is when Waterbury has a delay and Naugatuck does not. In that case, buses follow Waterbury’s schedule. All-Star is not allowed to drop off the students at these schools the normal time when the schools have a delay.
Any individual seeking a permanent change to a student’s pick-up and / or drop-off procedure must contact their students school principal and All-Star Transportation’s Prospect office at 203-758-5989.
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 the student will be returned to his / her school.
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.
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 and bus company in writing if they want their child to be dropped off at their bus stop without an adult present.
Here are some safety tips for parents to keep in mind.
If for some reason a student needs to ride a different bus on a certain day, a note signed by his / her parent or guardian must be handed in to the student’s homeroom teacher at the beginning of the school day. This note must state the number of the bus the student currently rides, and the number of the bus the student is requesting to take. Failure to do this will prevent the request from being granted. Phone requests should be limited to emergency situations only.
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 5-10 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 doors to open before approaching the bus. (Wait for the driver to nod).
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.
19. Know the school bus danger zones.
If you have any questions, please call All-Star’s Prospect office at 203-758-5989.