The District provides buses after regular school hours to transport students home from a variety of academic and co-curricular activities. Activity bus runs do not utilize the same routes or stops as the regular dismissal buses. There are 23 routes that transport students home from the Middle and High Schools, and only 7 routes for the activity time. Activity drop-offs may be within a 1 mile vicinity of the students residence.
The district provides for the transportation of students to private and parochial schools if the distance from home to school is within 15 miles. Parents are required to make transportation requests for non-public schools in writing to the Transportation Department by April 1st of each year.
Safety aboard the bus begins with the student. Certain basic rules of conduct combined with the use of common sense are a must to assure a safe ride on the bus. Students should be aware of all safety rules including those posted inside the bus. Please take time to read the following rules and follow them.
"DONT LOSE YOUR RIDING PRIVILEGE!"
FOLLOW THESE RULES
- OBSERVE SAME CONDUCT AS IN THE CLASSROOM.
- BE COURTEOUS, USE NO INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE.
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ON THE BUS. (includes chewing gum)
- KEEP THE BUS CLEAN.
- COOPERATE WITH THE DRIVER.
- DO NOT SMOKE.
- DO NOT BE DESTRUCTIVE.
- STAY IN YOUR SEAT.
- KEEP HEAD, HANDS AND FEET INSIDE THE BUS (and to yourself)!
- BUS DRIVER IS AUTHORIZED TO ASSIGN SEATS
- Musical instruments are permitted on the bus as long as they can be securely held on the students lap. New York State law and the need for safety make it necessary to restrict the size of objects (i.e. musical instruments) that can be transported on the bus. Please check with the transportation office before bringing such objects on the bus.
- Bookbags should not be worn on the back while riding on the bus so that the children sit with their backs against the seat.
- Written permission must be obtained from the school office before riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop due to emergency situations. REMEMBER Bus riding is a privilege.
CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
The decision to delay or close school is one of the most difficult and most carefully thought out in any school District. The Superintendent of Schools is notified of the approach of potentially hazardous weather as early as information becomes available, sometimes the day before a storm is to arrive. Beginning very early in the morning when inclement weather is forecast, the Superintendent is in close contact with the Supervisor of Transportation. The supervisor remains in close contact with area weather services, highway departments and law enforcement agencies. Additionally, discussions are held with other school districts to assess conditions in their areas. The Transportation Supervisor makes recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools who then makes the final decision.
The decision to delay or close school is always made with the entire district in mind. The safety of our children is the primary consideration. If possible, the initial decision is made by 5:30 am and radio stations are notified. The objective is to have the message on the air by 6:00 am. A delayed opening often is the first step taken when hazardous weather conditions threaten while the weather situation continues to be monitored. In some cases, the weather service may indicate a storm is expected to stop or road conditions improve later in the morning and the District may choose a delayed opening rather than immediate closing. If conditions dont improve, a further delay or closing become necessary and that message is immediately communicated to the radio stations.
STAY TUNED TO YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL NEWS OUTLET DURING BAD WEATHER
Winter weather or unexpected emergencies can create situations during the year requiring early dismissal and/or the closing of school. Weather conditions are the most obvious of situations. When poor weather threatens, you should tune into one of the many radio stations that carry closing and dismissal announcements. Pease do not call the Transportation Department or radio stations directly. It is important that the phone lines remain open to provide efficient communications.