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Transportation/Bus Schedules

Transportation is provided to and from school for students living beyond the established pupil walking distances within their attendance area.

  • Kindergarten within a half (.5) mile
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School within one (1) mile
  • Policy P 3541

    For lost items, contact: Student Transportation of America 860.448.0006


     

School bus routes for 2021-2022 school year

 

Please click on your school name below for updated Bus Routes.



Groton Public Schools Elementary magnet schools (K-5)
and secondary schools (6-12)

 

Catherine Kolnaski STEAM Magnet School (as of 9/2)

Charles Barnum Discovery Magnet School (as of 9/2)

Mystic River Active Exploration Magnet School - Updates to Bus 45 and 49 starting 9/16 

Northeast Academy Arts Magnet School (as of 9/2)

Thames River Environmental and Marien Science Magnet School - (as of 9/12)

 

Groton Middle School and Robert E. Fitch High School  (NEW TIMES EFFECTIVE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20)

 

2021-2022 School Year sCHOOL TIMES

Fitch High School

 
Bell Start Time Bell End Time  
7:40 AM 2:22 PM  
 

Groton Middle School

Bell Start Time Bell End Time
7:55 AM 2:35 PM
 

Elementary Schools

Bell Start Time Bell End Time
9:00 AM 3:35 PM

 

Which school will my child attend?

 

All Groton K-5 elementary students are districted to attend one of our five magnet themed elementary schools based on their home street address. Click on our Elementary School Listing by Street.

Students interested in attending a school, other than their districted school, may apply through our magnet school lottery in the spring. For questions please call 860-572-2100 or email magnetchoice@groton.k12.ct.us. 
 
All Groton 6th, 7th and 8th grade students attend our new Groton Middle School. All Groton 9th - 12th grade students attend Robert E. Fitch High School.

 

Need to register for school? Please visit our Registration page for instructions.
 

All Groton 6th, 7th and 8th grade students attend our new Groton Middle School. All Groton 9th - 12th grade students attend Robert E. Fitch High School.

 

Groton's intra-district magnet schools serve families who are residents of Groton and are districted to attend Groton Public Schools. Residents of surrounding towns are not eligible to apply to Groton Public Schools magnet schools.  
 

 

Two-Tier Busing / Transportation FAQs

 

Each school day Groton Public Schools helps thousands of students get to and from school on our buses. In March 2021, Groton Public Schools worked with Transfinder® Corporation to complete a  “Route Efficiency Report” to review our current bus routes and student ridership. We found an opportunity exists to create more efficient, timely bus routes for all our K-12 students, without the need for additional buses and related costs. 

 

The two main goals of the bus plan are:

  • Ensure timely bus routes for our five magnet elementary schools.  

  • Fully utlitize the IB campus by combining runs for Groton Middle School and Fitch High School students.

f you have comments or questions regarding the bus plan for the 2021-2022 school year, please share them with us using the comments and questions form below.

 

Bus Plan Comments and Questions Form

CLICK HERE

 

Article in The Groton Times: Comfortable with Concept of Mixing Ages on School Buses

CLICK HERE

 

Bus Plan Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHY DID YOU CONSULT WITH TRANSFINDER?As our district prepares for our shift to an all elementary magnet school structure, we wanted to evaluate our current bus routes and determine ways to create efficiencies without increasing costs or needing to add additional buses to transport our Preschool / Pre-K to Grade 5 students.

What is the two-tier bus system? 

Our proposed two-tier bus system brings students who live on a specific bus route to and from Groton Middle School and Fitch High School in a combined bus run. Each bus will be assigned a route and pick-up 6-12 grade students. Students will be riding with their peers from their community, similar to how our K-5 students ride on one bus. The only difference is instead of dropping students off at one school, the bus will first drop students off at FHS, then go directly to Groton Middle School. 

Will middle and high school students have longer bus ride times?The average student will spend less time on the bus as compared to a pre-COVID year.

How will the new schedule impact after school activities and sports?

There should be minimal impact, if any, on after school activities and sports. Our Athletic Director will coordinate schedules to minimize disruptions to the academic school day. At times, when teams are traveling longer distances, early dismissals may be required. This is already the case, particularly during regional or state championships.Will this change increase Groton Public Schools transportation expenses?

No, we do not anticipate increases and are hopeful this will achieve cost savings.  A combined, single run will significantly reduce our fuel usage, costs and environmental impact. How will GPS ensure the safety of all students on the bus? What about the middle school and high school students riding the bus together?

Getting our students to school safely and avoiding long ride times for them is our top priority. Buses may have 6th-12th grade students riding on the same bus, which is very similar to the grade span of the riders on our K-5 buses. We plan to have our middle school students sit in the front of the bus, while our older students will ride in the rear of the bus. The majority of ridership will be among 6th through 10th grade students, as many 11th and 12th grade students find alternate transportation. Additionally, GPS is looking at other resources available to ensure safe, efficient and cost-effective student transportation. We also provide training for our bus drivers annually and there will be specific training around bringing this age group together.

How will this impact the school from GMS and FHS?GMS students will begin school approximately 10 minutes earlier while FHS students will start school approximately 15 minutes later than their current times. There has been much discussion around the benefit of later school start times for high schoolers. Many students will benefit from additional sleep or the chance to have a healthier breakfast. Plus, this new structure helps our elementary buses get our younger students to and from school more efficiently and quickly.

How do the elementary school times compare to last school year?

Elementary times have been adjusted by five minutes. The increased time between the middle and elementary school runs actually allows for flexibility to transport elementary magnet students on time and without the need for additional buses.

When will this be finalized?

The school times for the 21-22 school year as shown above were approved by the Groton Board of Education on Monday, July 26, 2021. Groton Public Schools is continuing to work with Transfinder® Corporation to create efficient transportation routes for the 2021-2022 school year. Once finalized, the bus routes will be communicated to families and published on the Groton Public Schools website.