2018-19 Transportation Policies

Instructions for Parents of Students Traveling to School by Train, Plane, or Bus

While the School does have drivers that can help with some student transportation needs, their availability cannot be guaranteed for all student arrivals to and departures from nearby transit points, such as airports and train stations. Please adhere to the following policies for transportation on Long Weekends and other School breaks, as well as normal weekends when students need to leave or return to St. Andrew's.

Students use our leave management system, REACH, to share their travel details, and to request and gain approval for travel to and from school. For travel plans made within 24 hours of departure, students must contact Assistant Dean of Students Terrell Myers at 302-359-7864 or tmyers@standrews-de.org and Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright at 904-728-8057 or kwright@standrews-de.org to ensure that their transportation is scheduled.

Please encourage your child to stay in contact with Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright (904-728-8057 or kwright@standrews-de.org) while traveling, particularly if he or she encounters any problems or delays.

Transportation Policies for Long Weekends & School Breaks

Departing from School

The School provides bus transportation to the Wilmington Train/Bus Station and the Philadelphia Airport for Long Weekends and School breaks (see fees below). A trip to each will depart at 12 noon on the day that classes conclude. In order to protect the integrity of the academic day, except under special circumstances, the School will not provide transportation before noon on those days. Any departure time later than 12 noon can only be served by the School depending on the availability of School drivers. It is important that students who need transportation to the Wilmington Train/Bus Station or the Philadelphia Airport inform Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright (904-728-8057 or kwright@standrews-de.org) five days prior to travel. The fee for the bus to the Philadelphia Airport is $35; the fee for the bus to the Wilmington Train/Bus Station is $25. These fees will be deducted from the student's miscellaneous billing account.

Returning to School

Upon returning from Long Weekends and School breaks, the School will provide transportation from the Wilmington Train/Bus Station and the Philadelphia Airport at 6:00 p.m. The fee for the bus to the Philadelphia Airport is $35; the fee for the bus to the Wilmington Train/Bus Station is $25. These fees will be deducted from the student's miscellaneous billing account.

The School cannot provide other return times or additional pickups. Students who will need to return to School from either of these transport hubs earlier or later than the 6:00 p.m. pickup time are asked to contact Delaware Express or another local shuttle service for transportation back to campus, or make alternate arrangements. Reservations with Delaware Express (800-648-5466) must be made at least 48 hours before the date of return. When booking, feel free to request that the fee be charged to St. Andrew's School Account (No. 100164). The cost will subsequently be deducted from the student's miscellaneous billing account.

Whether a student is riding the 6:00 p.m. return bus or arranging for his or her own travel back to campus, students must notify Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright (904-728-8057 or kwright@standrews-de.org) of their plans at least five days prior to travel.

BUSES TO NEW YORK CITY

For Long Weekends and School breaks, the School procures a coach bus for transportation to and from New York City. The bus will leave St. Andrew's at 1:00 p.m. on the day that classes conclude. On the return day, it picks up students at 2:00 p.m. at One Penn Plaza (Penn Station), on 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, and at 2:30 p.m. at East 86th Street and 3rd Avenue on the Upper East Side. The cost per student depends on the number of riders; in the past, the cost has been between $25 and $50 one way.

Transportation Policies for Normal Weekends

On normal weekends, the School can generally provide students with bus transportation to either the Wilmington Train/Bus Station or the Philadelphia Airport, if the student leaves after classes end, or after any extracurricular commitment on Saturday. The School may also be able to arrange a return ride to School, utilizing a School driver, or via Delaware Express or another shuttle service, from the Wilmington Train/Bus Station or the Philadelphia Airport, but a minimum of 48 hours notice to Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright (302-285-4273 or kwright@standrews-de.org) is necessary in order to make those arrangements. Otherwise, students must arrange their own return to campus when away during a normal weekend.

Whether or not the student obtains help from the School in securing transportation, he or she must complete the appropriate checkout forms in REACH for the Dean's Office before departure from campus. Failure to do so is a disciplinary matter.

Policies for Students Under 15 Traveling by Air

The policies set forth by the airline industry make it a challenge for the School to provide transportation to and from the airport for children under the age of 15 who travel alone. Unaccompanied children policies vary from airline to airline; for example, when flying Southwest, no escort is necessary for children over the age of 11, while American, Delta, and Frontier airlines require escorts for children under the age of 15. Generally speaking, these policies require children under 15 to be accompanied by a chaperone who must check in with the child at the ticket counter, sign a waiver, and stay with the child at the gate until the flight departs. All airlines also charge an additional fee (on top of the price of the ticket) for unaccompanied minor travel.

If a student has relatives or family friends living near St. Andrew's, they can be helpful in escorting the student to the airport. When School personnel serve as escorts, students will be charged $25 per hour in addition to the transportation cost. In order to arrange for School escorts, at least ten days notice is required. School escorts must be arranged through Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright, at 302-285-4273 or kwright@standrews-de.org. Please make sure you have your child's flight information (airline, flight number, departure and arrival times) available when you contact Mrs. Wright.

Policies for Students Under 16 Traveling by Train

Amtrak requires children under 16 to be chaperoned to and from the train station, and for the chaperone to fill out paperwork at the train station before the student departs. If a student has nearby relatives or family friends, they can be helpful in escorting the student. When School personnel serve as escorts, students will be charged $25 per hour in addition to the transportation cost.

In order to arrange for School escorts, at least ten days notice is required. School escorts must be arranged through Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright, at 302-285-4273 or kwright@standrews-de.org. Please make sure you have your child's train travel information (departure and arrival times and train numbers) available when you contact Mrs. Wright. Additionally, you will need to provide the name, address (as listed on the driver's license) and cell phone number of the adult who will be meeting the student at his or her destination.

Transportation Fees

When the School provides a bus to and from the Philadelphia Airport and the Wilmington Train/Bus Station before and after Long Weekends and School breaks, the following fees will be deducted from the student's miscellaneous billing account for a one-way trip:

  • Philadelphia Airport: $35
  • Wilmington Train/Bus Station: $25

All trips to accommodate individual travel plans outside regularly scheduled bus transportation to and from the Philadelphia Airport and the Wilmington Train/Bus Station will be provided by a School driver, if available, or by an outside shuttle service. Please contact Transportation Coordinator Karin Wright, at 302-285-4273 or kwright@standrews-de.org to arrange for transportation well in advance of departure. The following fees for this transportation will be billed to the student's miscellaneous billing account:

DESTINATION (ONE-WAY)SCHOOL DRIVER*OUTSIDE SHUTTLE SERVICE**
Wilmington Train Station$40 per student$55+ per trip
Wilmington Bus Depot$40 per student$55+ per trip
Philadelphia Airport$55 per student$65+ per trip
BWI Airport--------$130+ per trip
New York City--------varies based on participation

* Various commitments limit the School drivers' availability to students.

** St. Andrew's School has no control over these fees and simply passes them along to you; these fees are approximations, and are subject to change at any time. Fees listed are based on single occupancy; multiple students on a trip may reduce the cost.