Director of Finance and Operations
M & J Bus, Inc.
Dave Dexter, Dispatcher
The Coventry Board of Education contracts a private carrier, M & J Bus, Inc., to provide safe and efficient transportation for Coventry students under provisions of state law and regulations.
Resident public students living outside of the following limits, based on the most direct route from the students’ home beginning at a point at the curb or edge of a public road or highway nearest the home to the edge of the school property or bus pickup areas will be furnished transportation by the Board of Education.
- Kindergarten – Grade 5: 1 mile limit
- Grades 6 – 8: 1.25 mile limit
- Grades 9 - 12: 1.5 mile limit
Students living within the stated limits will receive transportation when, in the opinion of the Board, a hazard is present.
In order to maintain regular bus schedules and continue bus routes, students are expected to be waiting at the bus stop for the bus to arrive at its designated time.
If Coventry schools are closed due to inclement weather or safety concerns, there will be no transportation provided out-of-town, even if school is in session in the town where the student attends school.
If schools are open in Coventry but are closed in the town where the student attends school, the student will not be transported.
If school is delayed in Coventry, but not in the town where the student attends school, there will be a delay picking up the student. If school is delayed in the town of where the student attends school but not in Coventry, the ride to school will be delayed.
Unplanned Early Release:
In the event Coventry Schools have an unplanned early release, out-of-town schools will be notified that the students will be picked up and returned to Coventry. All extended day programs will be cancelled and those students will follow Coventry’s early release schedule.
In the past, all transportation ceased when Coventry schools closed for any reason. This will remain the case for weather related closures or safety concerns. However, if Coventry has a “non-weather” related closure, out-of-town transportation may still be provided. Announcements regarding these closings, delayed openings and unplanned early releases will be made via our School Messenger Calling System. TV and radio stations will also broadcast any closures or delays.
If your child receives transportation from EASTCONN, there is a helpful parent page outlining student rules, emergency information, inclement weather procedures and how to contact them directly at: https://www.eastconn.org/parent-information.
Curtin will follow Coventry Public Schools unplanned closings, unplanned early releases or delayed openings announcements. If there is a delay in Coventry and at the destination school, they will follow the timing of which ever delay is the later delay. If your child is ill and will not attend school, please contact them at 860-443-1655 to report the absence. Curtin follows a 5 minute wait policy. Please have your child ready for school when they arrive to pick them up.