As Boston Public Schools Prepare to Return, Drivers Warned to Watch for School Buses and Children on Local Streets as 2021-2022 School Year Begin


The 2021-2022 school year for Boston Public Schools commences Thursday, September 9, 2021. Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, commuters may have become accustomed to fewer school buses and children on the streets of Boston. As Boston Public School staff work tirelessly to return students to the classroom this September, the Boston Police Department would like to draw awareness to the return of students to the City of Boston Streets, bus stops, MBTA stops, and Transit Stations. The Boston Police Department is committed to ensuring a safe start to the 2021-2022 school year.

The Boston Police Department has implemented traffic safety precautions to coincide with the 2021-2022 first day of school. The Boston Police will both be out in force at critical locations to ensure that Boston’s streets are accessible so that the City’s children arrive in their classrooms safely and on time. Drivers are warned to watch closely for school buses and children, be patient, and drive and park with extra care on local streets.

Boston Police Officers will concentrate their efforts at various intersections throughout the City to control traffic and keep congestion to a minimum so that both school buses and MBTA buses carrying children are not delayed along their routes. Drivers are reminded that it is against the law to pass a school bus when the “STOP” arm on the bus is activated.

BPD will also be working to ensure that drivers do not violate public safety-related parking regulations. Of particular concern are:

· No Parking in Crosswalks

· No Double Parking

· No Parking in Handicap Ramps

· No Parking Within 20 Feet of An Intersection

· Less than 10 Feet from a Fire Lane

· No Stopping or Standing

· Hydrants

In addition, the City of Boston has been in touch with local utilities and construction companies to coordinate permitted work activities so that they do not impact designated bus routes, traffic safety, and school zone safety.