Adopted: 7/7/09 Revised Policy Adopted:3/13/18
The Board of Education affirms its goal of providing a safe and economical transportation system for District students. The Board will operate a system for student transportation in accordance with the applicable laws of the State of New York, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, its own policies, and administrative procedures.
The District is responsible for each student from the time he/she boards the bus at the pick-up point until he/she leaves the school bus at the drop-off point.
The New York State No Fault insurance law (Regulation 68, New York Comprehensive Reparations Act), requires that if an injury is sustained by a child who is a passenger in a school bus that an insurance Claim must be filed under the parent or guardian's automobile insurance policy.
The Board will be responsible for providing transportation only between a student's legal residence and the school to which he/she has been assigned, unless otherwise authorized. The Board may make available additional transportation services as may be necessary to fulfill clearly identified needs related to the educational goals of the District.
The District will not provide transportation to non-resident students or guests. Transportation will be provided for students attending schools outside the District and for students with disabilities up to the limits established by law or Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
Students will ride only those buses to which they have been assigned unless the Superintendent of Schools, or his/her designee, finds that circumstances exist to warrant a temporary assignment on a different bus.
Students with a temporary disability will be provided such transportation as deemed necessary upon recommendation by the Director of Pupil Personnel Services.
In determining eligibility for transportation, distance measurements will be via the shortest available route from the legal residence of the student to the school legally attended. Measurement will be conducted by the District with a calibrated mileage meter.
Measurement will be made from the point in a public street or road at the nearest edge of the driveway to the student's home to the nearest entrance to the school building. This measurement will not include private roads.
School Bus Scheduling and Routing
The District Transportation Supervisor shall establish bus routes. Authorized bus stops shall be located at convenient intervals in places where students may embark and disembark the buses, cross highways, and await the arrival of buses in the utmost safety allowed by road conditions.
School bus stops will be established at street comers and fire hydrants with the following exceptions:
a) Stops may be established at more frequent intervals on major thoroughfares for children in kindergarten through grade four.
b) Stops will not be established on private property which includes driveways, streets, and roadways or within apartment, townhouse, or condominium complexes for school buses that have a capacity less than twenty students. The District may consider having school busses with a capacity less than twenty students traveling on private property if:
1. Written consent is received from the property owner to use their road(s) and it is verified that their road(s) will be maintained in safe/passable condition at all times. If the District deems that the road(s) is not maintained in safe/passable condition the school bus will not enter the property and the student will be required to access the regular bus stop.
b) Where fire hydrants and street corners are close to one another, a stop will be created at one or the other.
c) Students in grades K through 4 may be expected to walk up to one-tenth of a mile to an established bus stop.
d) Students in grades 5 through 12 may be expected to walk up to two-tenths of a mile to an established bus stop.
e) Students may be expected to walk more than the stated one-tenth or two-tenths of a mile if they live on a non- through street which does not have bus service on it.
f) Students living on non-through streets who live less than the specified distances and who are the only students
on that street being transported on a particular bus run, will be expected to walk to the intersection
with the through street
g) Students who live on non- through streets where there is no suitable turn around at the end of the street, and who otherwise would be eligible for transportation services, will be expected to walk to the intersection with the through street.
Education Law Sections 305(14), 1501-b, 1807, 3602(7), 3623, and 3635 et seq.
Revised Policy Adopted: 3/13/18