MTA/MANSD Bus Information
We use the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) in partnership with the Manchester School District (MANSD).
They will provide transportation to and from St. Catherine School at no cost, this service is open to Manchester residents and to students in grades 1-6 only.
Please expect that at the beginning of the school year the service could have few glitches as the routes and rosters are reviewed and corrected and therefore always have an alternative option for the children's transportation to and from school. We will update the signed up families as soon as we are notified by MTA and MANSD.
Please notify the school office if you have any issues that need to be addressed. If your child is arriving late to school in the morning, have him/her stop by the office and let me know what time the bus arrived. We’ll try to fix any problems promptly.
Bus schedule info: The Manchester School District website keeps a posting of the bus routes. You will be looking for the Approved Private School (APS) routes. Note that the stop times are not exact, so please allow a bit of extra time especially for the first few weeks of school.
If your child’s bus runs late in the afternoon: Please call the school first if the office is already closed than contact Kelly O'Brien-Hebert (MANSD) at 624-6300 ext.163 to receive an ETA or more details regarding the delay
You will need to provide the school name, child’s name and bus number (i.e. APS 4).
When MTA has substitute bus drivers, they may take longer to drive the route, so there may be no need to worry if a bus is running late. We also have occasional days when the bus is used for a field trip by another school and gets to our school late to start the route.
Early dismissal days, delayed openings and school cancellations: Busing for delayed openings or early releases will be provided when the MANSD calls a delay or early release. If the school schedule is changed only by the catholic schools then the bus service will not accommodate such changes and you will have to provide transportation for your child.
Since the Catholic elementary schools all dismiss at 11:30, the children will be arriving home about 3 hours earlier than their normal arrival time on full school days. Please don’t worry if the routes take a bit longer on early dismissal days, since they are sometimes substitute drivers.
Bus stop assignments: It is unlikely that the MTA will change a bus stop from an intersection to a house pickup. If you request a change through the school office and the request is denied, the only further action that can be taken is to contact your school board representative. The number of bus stops has been reduced in order to minimize the riding time for the children, as well as to save on fuel and minimize traffic interruptions on busy streets.
Complaints/Changes needed: Please notify Mrs. Cinzia Broketa in the office (603-622-1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have issues which need to be addressed.