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Transportation Information

Application for Student Transportation - 2017-18

Bus Stops and Routing

The routing process is complicated by changing demographics, movement of students through grades and varying dismissal schedules for different schools on different days. Each year as the distribution of children changes, we use the following criteria to establish bus routes and stops.

  • We consider whether the location is acceptable for picking up or discharging passengers.
  • We consider the age of the child and whether or not crossing the road can be accomplished with reasonable safety.
  • We review the safety rules for buses (e.g., our buses are not allowed to back up or traverse private property, large buses are not allowed to enter a cul-de-sac or dead end street, vehicles are not allowed to back up except for emergencies, etc.)
  • We attempt to strike a balance between a common stop and closeness to home in order to meet a reasonable schedule. ("Door-to-door" service is neither required by N.Y. State law nor recommended for reasons of both safety and efficiency. The District attempts to provide "door-to-door" service only to kindergarten students and students with handicapping conditions as determined by a CSE, when there is no older sibling to accompany them to a stop. However, when the size of the bus, geometry of the street or some other circumstance is prohibitive, a suitable alternative spot is chosen for these students as well.)

PLEASE NOTE: Bus routes are carefully constructed to accommodate the size, number, and distribution of students each year. Therefore, it is important that each student rides ONLY the bus that is assigned - no switching will be allowed-not even from a later to an earlier, or from an earlier to a later bus. No exceptions will be made under any circumstances.

Buses are authorized to stop only at established locations (stops) on the route. Except for emergencies, the driver is not allowed to alter his/her the order of his/her established bus route, nor allow children board or disembark the bus at a location that is not listed as that child's own bus stop.

For security, consistency, safety and economy, a student may not get on or off the school bus at any stop other than the one assigned to him or her. If your child has a "play date" or appointment that requires a different discharge point from the regularly assigned bus stop, you will have to provide transportation yourself on that date. No variations to the bus route/stop schedule will be made.

For children in kindergarten through third grade, The District requires an adult to meet the bus in the p.m. If you would like this practice waived for your child, please send us your request in writing. (sample form) Absent a written request from you, the driver will not allow a K-3rd grader to get off the bus if no adult is there to meet him/her.

Message from the Superintendent

School busing, like all other pieces of the educational process, needs the support of everyone involved in its provision: parents, children, teachers, drivers, monitors, and administrators. Our transportation system is dedicated to maintaining safety, timeliness, and economy, but success requires the cooperative effort of the complete community.

With your concern and your cooperation, we will continue to motivate, protect, enable, and nurture all of our children, whether they are in the classroom or on the school bus.

Conduct

Pupils who misbehave while riding the bus, after previous warning and notification to parents, may be suspended from transportation for a prescribed period. Depending on the seriousness of the infraction, bus privileges may be suspended after a single offense. A school bus suspension is not a suspension from school attendance and does not provide a legal excuse for nonattendance. Parents are expected to arrange alternative transportation. (A copy of School Bus Conduct and Safety Rules, detailing expectations of behavior and a schedule of disciplinary actions, is available through the Transportation Department.)

Eligibility

Except for students with handicapping conditions as determined by the Committee on Special Education, eligibility for transportation is based solely on distance between the student's residence and his/her school of attendance.

Transportation is provided for Mamaroneck resident students enrolled in the kindergarten through eighth grades who live more than 2 miles, but less than 15 miles from the public or non-public school they attend.

Transportation is also provided for students in grades nine through twelve who reside more than 3 but less than 15 miles from their school.

Emergency Drills

State Law requires school officials and bus companies transporting pupils to and from school to conduct emergency exit drills annually. These drills are held the first week of school; the second drill before January 1st; the third before May 1st.


General Information/Transportation Schedule

School transportation is provided on days and at times established by the school's official calendar, and will conform to subsequent changes as approved by the Transportation Department. Transportation will not be tailored to individual children's schedules, nor will additional OR alternate transportation be provided when a student is unable to take the regularly scheduled bus.

Only authorized persons (i.e., approved transportation pupils, bus drivers, bus monitors, and school officials) are permitted to board school buses/vans. Visitors and/or guests are not allowed on the bus at any time .

Our drivers are required to go through the morning route in the same way every day, making all stops, even if we are aware that a child will not be taking the bus on a certain day. This provides consistency, and a greater ability for us to meet the prescribed schedule.

If a student will NOT be taking the bus in the a.m., but WILL be taking the bus in the p.m., parents must call to let us know this. If the student does not take the bus in the a.m. and there is no phone call, we will assume the student is absent for the day and will not send a bus in p.m. unless there are other students to be picked up at that time.

The Mamaroneck School District does not provide transportation to private and parochial schools when Mamaroneck Schools are closed. Following our school calendar, below are the dates that Mamaroneck will not be providing transportation for the 2016-17 school year:

Sept 6th- First day of Transport

Oct 3-4- Rosh Hashanah

Oct 10th- Columbus Day

Oct 12th-Yom Kippur

Nov 8th – Superintendent’s Day

Nov 11th- Veterans Day

Nov 24-25- Thanksgiving Recess

Dec 22-30- Holiday Recess

Jan 2nd -New Year’s Day

Jan 16th- MLK Day

Feb 20-24- Winter Recess

April 10-14- Easter Break

May 29th- Memorial Day

June 23rd- Last day of Transport

Additionally, there are two snow give backs days on April 17th and May 30th if needed.


Inclement Weather

SNOW AND EMERGENCY CLOSING NOTIFICATION: Every attempt is made to post delays and emergency closings/dismissals on the District's Home page as soon as possible. In addition, announcements of school closings, snow delays, and/or the inability of buses to operate due to weather or hazardous conditions are made over several local radio stations starting at 6:30 A.M. Stations include WFAS (1230 AM / 103.9 FM) and WVOX (1460 AM).

Buses will operate on the Mamaroneck School District schedule unless otherwise indicated (e.g., "Mamaroneck Schools are open, but there is no out-of-district transportation.")


Parent Tips

Familiarize your youngster with his/her bus stop.

Be sure your child arrives at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled time. If the bus is consistently late or early, call the transportation department.

Behavior at the bus stop should be the same as on the bus and in the classroom: courteous and restrained. Students should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before either approaching it in the morning, or standing to disembark in the afternoon.

Stress the importance of remaining seated and reasonably quiet while the bus is in motion. Point out that distracting the driver can be dangerous for everyone.

And don't forget seat belts! The driver reminds children to "buckle up" every day-but the most effective seat belt training happens at home.

Be sure your child knows the proper road-crossing procedure (I.e., make eye-contact with driver and wait for driver's signal to cross). Also, please instruct your child to cross in front of the bus (not behind it) and to move away from the bus quickly after exiting (DO NOT return or stop for dropped items!!! Wait until the bus has driven away before retrieving anything.)

Use book bags or knapsacks to carry loose things. Be sure, however, that the bag or knapsack is small enough to fit comfortably on your child's lap. Large items are not allowed on the bus (NY State Dept of Trans. Regulations). Also not allowed on the bus: animals, dangerous objects (weapons, lighted matches, etc.), open food and/or beverage containers.

Be aware that eating and/or drinking is absolutely prohibited on the school bus. Be sure that lunches and snacks are securely packed.

Be sure that jackets and bags have all drawstrings and the like removed. Although all bus handrails have been inspected for resistance to "catching" drawstrings, removal of such things from clothing provides the greatest measure of safety.

Reflective tape on jackets, hats, or knapsacks is a good precaution during inclement weather.

Discuss the safety hazards involved in throwing anything out of windows or putting arms/heads out of windows.

Be advised that any and all changes to the routing (time, stop location, sequence, etc.) can only be made by the Transportation Office ONLY ON A PERMANENT ANNUAL BASIS. Drivers are not allowed to alter their routes without prior approval from the Transportation Department.

BE SURE TO CONTACT the Transportation Department if your child is going to school but NOT taking the bus in the morning. Otherwise we will assume your child is absent for the day and we will not send a bus to the school in the afternoon, unless other students need to be picked up at that school.

Thank you for supporting the Mamaroneck School District's policies/procedures in these matters. They are in place to insure your child's safety.

Student Tips

Arrive at your stop at least five minutes ahead of time.

  • Take your seat promptly, fasten your seat belt, and remain seated until the bus stops.
  • Keep arms and head inside the bus always.
  • Watch for traffic when leaving the bus. If you are not crossing the street, move away from the bus quickly and do not return to pick up dropped items until the bus has departed.
  • When crossing the street, walk forward of the bus far enough to see the driver's face; wait for the signal to cross from the driver and then cross in front of the bus. Do not return to pick up dropped items until the bus has departed.
  • Carry only baggage that can fit comfortably in your lap. Large and/or dangerous objects will not be allowed on the vehicle.
  • Keep the aisle clear.
  • Observe all rules and respond promptly to instructions from the bus driver and/or the bus monitor

Resources

Contact Information

Transportation Department

Tammi Godbee, Transportation Dispatcher

119 Gertrude Avenue

Mamaroneck, New York 10543

(914) 220-3390

email tgodbee@mamkschools.org

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