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Transportation Department prepares for the 2018-19 school year

This summer, the WVCSD Transportation staff is busy updating bus routes and checking bus stops to ensure the safety of all our students.

We are excited to continue our alternative fuel bus program by adding two more full size propane powered buses, and two full size gas-powered buses, to the fleet.

Transportation Department mechanics continue to keep all our buses in top mechanical condition and have again achieved an outstanding D.O.T. rating of 99.4 percent for the 2018-2019 school year. Every bus in the fleet is inspected by NYS DOT every six months, whether or not it is on a daily route.

Bus information notifications 

Notification this year for student bus information will be available in late August via the WVCSD Parent Portal.

In an ongoing effort to keep our students safe while waiting at their respective bus stops, bus routes are no longer printed on the school website or in the local newspapers.

Lost and Found

Missing something? Students often leave items behind on the school bus. Please come to the district Transportation Office and check our overflowing Lost & Found box for items that may belong to your student.

WVCSD childcare transportation requests for 2018-19

Parents who would like their child to be transported to and from a childcare provider’s location, rather than their home address, must submit a Childcare Transportation Request Form on or before July 31, 2018. Students whose forms are received after July 31 will not be provided childcare transportation until Sept. 24, 2018, and those parents are advised to make alternate arrangements for the first two weeks of school. You can download the form below, under “Forms for Parents.” 

If you missed the deadline, please contact the Transportation Department.

Forms for parents

The Transportation Department requests that parents fill out the appropriate forms in order to ensure the safe transportation of your child. Please return completed forms to the Transportation Department. 

Private/Parochial transportation

State law requires parents who are enrolling children in private or parochial schools to file an application for special transportation with their local school district by April 1. Failure to file on time could result in transportation being denied. Students may only be registered in one school. For transportation information, send a written request to: Supervisor of Transportation, P.O. Box 595, Warwick, N.Y., 10990-0595.

Bus schedule and changes

Notification this year for student bus schedule information will be available in late August via the WVCSD Parent Portal. In an ongoing effort to keep our students safe while waiting at their respective bus stops, bus routes are not published on this website or in local newspapers.

Students are required to ride their assigned bus only. In the event of an extenuating circumstance, a note must be sent to the transportation office and to the building principal. Buses will only pick up and drop off at posted stops.
Students who are assigned to ride a bus will not be allowed to walk without written permission.

Student safety

Our first priority is the safety of our students. All district personnel have been trained to handle bus emergencies. In accordance with the State Education Department regulations, three bus safety drills will be conducted each school year. The first drill will be held within the first seven days of school.

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for your children and are designed to protect them in the event of a crash. To take full advantage of the safety features a bus has to offer, it is important that your child is seated within the confines of the bus seat.

Unruly behavior on the bus is a safety concern and a distraction to the driver. The bus driver and/or school administrator has the authority to assign seats at any time during the school year. Please reinforce the importance of bus safety with your children.

Seat belts/video cameras

Seat belts are available on all buses. If you want your child to wear a seat belt while riding, please make sure they can operate the belt and you have instructed them to do so. All district buses are equipped with video cameras, which allows us to review any concerns parents may have relating to their child’s bus ride.

Important school bus reminders

Please remember to have your student at the bus stop five minutes prior to their scheduled pick up time. Keep in mind that pick up and drop off times may vary slightly during the first few weeks of school, and your actual pick up and drop off time may end up being different from the original time provided in the email.

If you have a safety concern regarding your student’s bus stop, submit a Bus Stop Review Request and our safety team will review each request individually.

Rules of the road

Students should ride their assigned bus only. Students are not permitted to ride an alternate bus or “switch” buses to or from school for sleepovers, play dates, birthday parties or other activities outside of school. Your student’s school office and the transportation office must be notified of any bus or bus stop changes before students board in the morning and prior to dismissal. Changes to a student’s afternoon bus, which include picking up your student, must be made a minimum of 30 minutes prior to dismissal. As always, in the event of an emergency, exceptions will be permitted.

Bus safety drills – keeping our students safe

Bus safety drills are conducted three times a year. The first drill will occur during the first full week of school. Each drill includes instructions regarding the location, and operation of the emergency exits, fire extinguisher, two-way radio, and first aid kit. Students are instructed about what to do in an emergency, how to exit the bus safely, safe loading and unloading procedures, and the importance of proper conduct while on the bus. A mini-drill is also conducted prior to every athletic event or field trip.

Seat belt use encouraged on buses

In accordance with New York State law, all school buses are equipped with seat belts, three per seat, for your child’s safety. Seat belt use is encouraged by our drivers and staff. Please take a moment to discuss with your child the importance of using a seat belt on the bus, and remind your student how important it is to remain seated whenever they are on the bus to ensure a safe ride to and from school for everyone.

About our bus drivers

Warwick Valley’s bus drivers complete extensive training before they are permitted to drive a school bus.

A background check is performed on each applicant before he/she obtains a CDL permit. He/she must then pass a physical exam and drug/alcohol test prior to training. The candidate is then trained by a primary trainer and must pass a road test from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon passing, the candidate will be recommended to the Board of Education for hiring as a substitute driver.

Once hired, the candidate spends two weeks on the trainer’s regular bus route to observe proper procedure, and will drive the route while the trainer observes. 

As required by the New York State Education Department and New York State 19A, all new drivers must complete a 3-hour Pre-Service Class and Physical Performance Test prior to driving students, and a 30-hour Basic Class within the first year of driving. All school bus drivers attend a mandatory minimum of three hours safety and student management training throughout the year and are subject to a yearly Defensive Driving Review, Behind the Wheel Road Test, and license reviews.