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December 02, 2015

Alfred Karam, Director

970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0240

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Transportation changes for 2015-16

The Transportation Department will be switching to a “route number” only system. By switching to a number only system we will be able to communicate routing information to you at a much earlier date (beginning of August, instead of towards the end of August). This also allows us to deal with routing issues a lot earlier than we currently do. The route number only system will be used at all three program levels and we will no longer use the picture system to identify which bus a child needs to ride.
Also, it will not matter what the bus number is that services your child’s bus stop, the route number will be the main identifier. The route number will be, as is currently the case, displayed in the second window on the passenger side of the bus.
We know change can be a challenge, but we are confident, with your help, this change can be implemented successfully. Please email at should you have any questions related to school bus transportation.



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.  See Board Policy 5710.

Bus Stops

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.

Bus Ride 

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.

School Bus Scheduling and Routing

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.

What can be brought on the bus?

  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, and not an all-inclusive 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.

•Lacrosse Sticks that are less than 44 inches in length are allowed on the bus so long as they are carried inside a carrying bag/case. Lacrosse sticks that are larger than 44 inches are not allowed on the bus, parents should make other arrangements for transportation.

•Soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, softballs or any other type of balls are not allowed on the bus not unless they are secured inside a backpack or sports bag.

•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.
Note, students who do not comply with the above will be asked to go back into the school and call their parent to arrange for transportation, or students could simply leave the large item in school and ride the bus – however, buses cannot be held up while student goes back in to the school to leave the unauthorized item.

Medical Conditions

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.

Injury or temporary medical condition:

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 Director's designee.