Please find listed below several of our most asked about operational procedures. All stated deadlines are firm and are based on providing optimum service.
Bus Routes 2012/2013
A letter containing your child’s bus route, bus stop location, and time, will be mailed to your home. Due to changes and readjustments, final routes will not be posted till mid-October.
Student Pick Up/ Delivery Plan
Each student will have one designated pick up point, and one designated delivery point. We do not handle multiple requests. Any variance from the set schedule must be handled through the child’s school on a case-by- case basis. With over 5,000 children being transported daily, the Transportation Department is not capable of tailoring individual plans.
Permanent Changes to Pick Up / Delivery Plan
If a child’s plan needs a permanent change (moving to new home, etc.), that is handled through the school. They will send the necessary paperwork to the Transportation Department.
All babysitting information should be filled out with the school, which will in turn notify the Transportation Department. Sitters must be in your home school zone, unless they are a registered or licensed day care. All requests must be in by April 1st.
How Bus Stops are Selected
Bus stops are selected to maximize the efficiency of each route. Only kindergarten students returning from morning class, or being picked up for afternoon class, are assured door to door service. In all other cases, particularly in housing developments, group stops are utilized. However, many rural students will be set up at home, due to geography and distance between homes.
Since we centralize each bus stop, there will always be the scenario of a bus passing some students homes in order to get to the bus stop.
Bus Stop Time
All students are required to be waiting at the designated bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled bus arrival. Our bus routes are all “timed”, and must remain on schedule. At multiple student pick up points, drivers pick up only those who are there. For pick up points that serve only one student (or one family), the driver will stop, open the door, look for the student(s), and then proceed to the next stop.
Bus Stop Change Requests
Please check the form on the Transportation Web Page, and read it carefully, as many questions are answered on the form.
Parent/Guardian Pick Up at Bus
There can be a maximum of four (4) people registered to pick up a student at the bus. Any additional people must be dealt with from the school with a pass stating they are authorized.
Elementary buses may be calculated at three students per seat. Each bus is marked with the maximum legal capacity. We try to only use two students per seat as much as possible with the older grades.
Out of District Students
Students who opt to attend schools that are not in the Baldwinsville School District are transported in one of two ways:
When home address to school address is 15 miles or under - the student will be transported to and from home to the pick-up/drop off point, then to school. Your student may have to be transported to a transfer point to meet the bus going to your private or parochial school.
When home address to school address is over 15 miles – parents are responsible for transporting the student to and from the designated pick up/drop off point for pick up and drop off.
Distances from home to school are not determined in direct air miles. We utilize Map Quest, shortest route, in order to optimize opportunities.
Periodically, elementary schools have half day sessions. When this occurs, the students will get on and off the bus with the other children at the regularly designated stop. Example: AM kindergarteners will not be dropped off at home on a half day. They will be dropped at the same stop they are picked up at in the morning. When PM kindergarteners attend the AM session, they will get on at the same stop that would normally get off at the end of the day. We do not give door to door service on any half day, unless the home is the regular bus stop.
On half days: kindergarten to 5th grade dismiss at 11:30.
On district half days (professional development days): all elementary schools (K-5) dismiss at 12:15.