Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Student Travel Guide

Travel Forms

Convenient forms are used for parents to provide important information about student travel to and from Cardigan Mountain School. These forms will be available on the Parent Resources page in advance of each travel date. We ask that ALL families, including local families, complete these forms. Each form should be received by our Student Travel Coordinator well before the travel date.

Student Travel Coordination

If ground transportation to and from Cardigan is not arranged by our travel coordinator, please include a name and phone number for the person responsible for driving your son on the Travel Form if that person is not a parent or legal guardian.

Boston Bus

Cardigan faculty chaperoned transportation is available to and from Logan Airport on the morning of the first official day of a major break and in the afternoon of the official return date of all breaks. The cost is $90 per student, per trip. Dates and hours of availability are listed further below.

If you would like to reserve a seat for your son on the Boston Bus at the start or end of a major school break to or from Logan Airport, you must always complete a travel form for your son and send an email to Student Travel Coordinator Erzi Willems at ewillems@cardigan.org with details of your son's travel plan, including a copy of his e-ticket if he is flying in or out.

If at any point you have a question regarding your son's departure or return from campus, or regarding his passport, Visa, or I20 status while he is with us, please email Student Travel Coordinator Erzi Willems at ewillems@cardigan.org.

Boston Bus Schedule for 2021-22 Academic Year

Arriving to Cardigan: Students who ride the Cardigan chaperoned Boston Bus from Logan Airport to campus should be on flights scheduled to land between the hours of 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. on the following dates only:

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Monday, January 3, 2022

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022

  • Monday, March 28, 2022

For Registration dates September 8, 9, and 10, flights need to land between 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Departing from Cardigan: Students who will ride the Cardigan chaperoned Boston Bus from campus to Logan Airport at the beginning of a major break, should depart on flights scheduled to leave between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the following dates only:

  • Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

  • Sunday, March 6, 2022

  • End of year bus to be determined

Any flights outside of these windows will require additional attention, most likely in the form of hiring a private car service. Please email the Student Travel Coordinator Erzi Willems at ewillems@cardigan.org with any questions. 

If your son is not flying out of Logan Airport, but you would like him to ride the bus to Logan Airport (where you will meet him) please complete the Travel Form. This way you can reserve a seat on the bus for your son. Drop-off time and location at Logan Airport will be determined a few days before travel, and  the name and phone number of a pick-up person will be required. A reservation is needed to hold a seat for your son, so please complete the Travel Form as soon as possible. 

For return to campus, arrangements can be made to meet you and your son in Logan Airport, so he can ride the bus back with us. A reservation is needed to hold a seat for your son, so please complete a travel form with your request as soon as possible and to send an email to Student Travel Coordinator Erzi Willems at ewillems@cardigan.org, who will schedule the time and location within Logan Airport.

International Families

Our travel coordinator is also one of our DSOs (Designated School Official) for SEVIS. If you have questions or concerns regarding your son’s passport, Visa, or F1 status, please feel free to reach out. More helpful information can be found on the Study in the States website.

Unaccompanied Minor Service (UMS)

What is it? Who needs it? It depends on your child’s airline! This service needs to be requested by a parent or guardian upon booking the ticket. Call the airline to confirm their unaccompanied minor policy prior to making a reservation. The policies are often not clear or entirely up-to-date online and there may be exceptions or differences in the policy depending on the arrival and departure location. Additionally, some airlines require you to make reservations for unaccompanied minors over the phone.

You will need to pay for, complete, and sign a UMS booking form, naming the responsible adult who will deliver the child to the airline staff on departure and also naming the adult who will collect the child at their arrival destination. It is essential that this information is accurate and the adults have official ID to show the airline staff. The airline staff may refuse to allow the child on the flight or release the child into the care of the adult on arrival at their destination if they do not have an acceptable ID. Typically Cardigan chaperone information is available two days before flying. Always check with the airline that your son is flying with for their unaccompanied minor age rules. Airline rules vary. 

Please don’t forget to inform the Travel Coordinator of your son’s UM status (yes or no choice on the travel form). If he is an Unaccompanied Minor, it is extremely important that information about the person receiving your son upon landing is exchanged.

Travel Money

If your son will be flying back and forth on his own during our breaks, please consider sending him with a prepaid VISA card. This will provide him with the ability to pay for any airline luggage charges, Unaccompanied Minor charges, and will provide him with the ability to pay for food or drinks in the airport. Please instruct your son to hand in this card with his travel documents and/or phone, so you can be sure it is safe and the balance on the card remains until it is time for him to travel.

Travel Dress

All students using ground transportation to and from school arranged by Cardigan must be in travel dress (class dress with sneakers).