WESTPORT — Although schools are on summer recess, starting next week a lot more buses will be seen at several school properties than usual.

That’s because officials have designated five school parking lots to “temporarily” accommodate the fleet of buses provided by its new contractor — First Student Inc. — while searching for a permanent location to park the buses.

The four-month parking plan, approved last week by the Planning and Zoning Department, is supposed to run from July 1 to Oct. 31, according to an announcement by Elio Longo, the school district’s chief financial officer.

The five schools where buses will be parked are: Staples High School, Bedford Middle School, Coleytown Middle School, Coleytown Elementary School and Long Lots Elementary School.

After the Board of Education in May awarded a $35.3 million, five-year bus contract to First Student — switching from its longtime provider, DATTCO — current bus parking arrangements on Post Road East were scheduled to end June 30.

Longo, in his announcement, said the five schools selected for the temporary parking plan were chosen “after an analysis was conducted comparing the need for parking for school staff and students against the availability of parking at each of the schools.”

Even with designated spaces for buses at each of the schools, Longo said there will be “a surplus of parking available.”

At Staples, he noted, there already is a designated parking area for school buses, while at the four other schools, “We made sure to place the temporary bus parking area in spots which have the least impact to students, staff and neighbors.”

Once the school year begins, buses will leave the schools between 6 and 7 a.m. to cover their morning routes, then return to their respective school lots between roughly 9 to 9:30 a.m., according to the announcement. The buses will head out on their afternoon routes between 1 and 2 p.m., and then return for the day between 4 and 5 p.m.

To curb the buses’ impact on school communities and nearby residential neighborhoods, Longo said, they will be required to conform with state regulations restricting idling and that mechanical servicing to vehicles will be prohibited on school grounds. 

“I am confident that this temporary plan will serve the needs of the students, but in a way that does not adversely impact the students, neighbors and community at-large,” Longo said in the statement.

Meantime, he added, school officials are “actively working to make other arrangements” to park the district’s school bus fleet once the four-month plan ends.

More information and site plans for the school bus parking arrangements are posted on the Westport public schools’ website.