November 23, 2014
Alfred Karam, Director
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0240
Shenendehowa buses travel more than 1.3 million miles a year. It takes a staff of approximately 250 people to drive and maintain our fleet of approximately 200 buses. Bus transportation is available to ALL students who attend Shenendehowa. Late buses are provided for middle and high school students who stay after school for activities.
Board Policy 5710 states that:
The Board of Education
recognizes the responsibility for the transportation of children
who are bused to and from school and school sanctioned trips.
The major objectives of the Transportation Department include the following:
a) To provide safe and efficient transportation in an equitable manner to all eligible students;
b) To adapt busing to the needs of the instructional program whenever practical;
c) To explore and implement cost effective procedures and practices whenever practical;
d) To maintain all student transportation vehicles in the best possible condition;
e) To train staff to meet and/or exceed NY State legal requirements for safety.
In general, students will not be asked to walk
a greater distance than the maximum for his/her grade level, however
students will walk varying distances. Requests from residents who do
not have children attending school, will also be considered in
determining placement of bus stops.
Families are notified of bus stops and pick-up and drop-off times by mail in August. Students must use the assigned bus stop as designated by the school district. Requests for bus stop changes will be made for legitimate safety concerns. Students must plan to be at their bus stop at least 10 minutes early. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to see that their children arrive at the designated bus stop at the appropriate time. Students are expected to board the bus and sit down as quickly as possible. In order for students to arrive at school on time, it is important that they be ready for pick-up.
Parents/guardians are responsible for the behavior and safety of their students at the bus stop until they enter the bus and after they depart the bus.
If you have a safety concern regarding your child's stop, call the transportation department and it will be reviewed immediately. All other bus stop change requests may be submitted on a bus stop change request to be evaluated by the Routing Department.
Alternate transportation arrangements are not carried over for students that are entering first, sixth, and ninth grades. A new Alternate Transportation form needs to be completed for these transitional years.
Our bus routes are developed as efficiently as possible. On average our buses pick up 65 students, sometimes making as many as 25 stops. Because of this, ride time can vary depending on the school and pick up area. If you feel your child's ride is too long, please submit a letter to the transportation department and your concern will be evaluated by the routing department.
The school transportation director will determine the district school bus schedules and routes for students following the guidelines below:
• Safety will always be the first consideration in establishing bus routes and bus pick-up points.
• Similar transportation shall be offered to all children in similar circumstances residing in the district.
• Distances from home to the school building attended shall be measured by the nearest publicly maintained route.
• Distances from home to the bus pick-up point shall be measured by the nearest publicly maintained route.
•To minimize both driver and student confusion in busing students, each student must ride the same bus and be dropped off at the same address each school day. For example, a student will not be dropped off at a child care location Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
New York State Department of Transportation and federal regulations PROHIBIT bringing large items and musical instruments on school buses. All of the items that the child will be bringing to school should be packed in a carrying case, such as a tote bag or backpack, which must be small enough to be held on the student’s lap. Large items and food for class parties may not be transported by school bus.
The following items are a partial list of what is allowed on the bus if held on lap:
• Piccolo, oboe, flute, soprano clarinet, bassoon, snare drum, alto saxophone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, violin, and viola.
• Large items are not allowed on the bus – these include, but are not limited to: Alto clarinet, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, cello, guitar, tenor saxophone, tuba, baritone horn, string bass, large school projects, skateboards, bikes, fishing poles, skis and poles, and sleds.
• Other items not allowed on the bus. These include, but are not limited to: Any weapons, pets or any live animals, glass containers, and aerosol cans.
A student’s medical condition should be reported to the school nurse as well as the director of transportation. If the medical condition should change, this should also be reported to the director of transportation. Student records will be kept confidential with information shared only on a “need to know” basis.
Requests for special transportation due to an
injury or other medical condition must be accompanied by
detailed instructions from the student’s physician.
These instructions should include the exact needs and expected
duration of the special busing request. Special busing is
subject to approval by the Director of Transportation or the
Each bus has a route number posted in the second window on the entrance door side of the bus. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE PAINTED BUS NUMBERS, as the bus assigned to the route may change due to maintenance or assignment to a special trip.