School Bus Routes and Stops
Bus routes are designed in accordance with regulations and recommended practices of the New York State Department of Education, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, New York State Department of Transportation and the policies of the Board of Education of the Bedford Central School District.
The primary goal in establishing bus routes is the safety of students, other motorists and the general public. Bus routes shall be designed to achieve maximum efficiency with a minimum fleet of buses consistent with providing reasonably equitable service to all students. Routes will be designed to employ, as nearly practicable, the full carrying capacity for each bus route.
The policy of the Board of Education provides transportation for all resident students living more than one-half mile from their school of attendnace. Bus routes shall be established over the most direct roads suitable for bus travel to serve those students eligible for transportation. Buses will be routed on roads that are maintained by town highway departments unless the lack of maintenance makes it unsafe for drivers and students to be traversing these roads. Examples of unsafe conditions are flooding, road erosion, fallen trees/power lines, ice, snow and mud. Buses will not be routed on roads that have not been dedicated and/or maintained by town, county and/or state highway departments (private roads). Turn-arounds will not be established unless adequate space is available to turn around without backing up. Generally speaking, cul-de-sacs, dead end streets and loop streets will not be serviced by school buses.
Authorized bus stops will be located at safe intervals in places where students may be loaded and unloaded, cross roads/streets and await the arrival of buses with the utmost safety allowed by road conditions. Among the factors considered in the placement of bus stops are the concentration of students in the area, anticipated traffic volume, the presence of traffic control devices, speed limits and bus turn-around requirements. Per New York State recommendations, where possible, the distance between consecutive bus stops will be a minimum of 300 feet for the safety of the students, the bus and other motorists. Whenever possible, bus stops will be placed at the intersection of two streets.
Students should arrive at their assigned bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Students should not wait indoors as this effects the schedule and timeliness of the bus route.
Students must ride their assigned buses and get on/off at their assigned bus stop.
If a student needs to ride a bus other than their assigned bus or from/to a stop other than their assigned stop on a particular day, a written request must be submitted to the school for approval. If approved, the school will issue the student a bus pass to be given to the bus driver. Students are not permitted to ride a different bus or get on/off at a different stop without written permission. Telephone requests are not acceptable.
If a permanent bus stop change is needed due to a change in alternate stop or day care arrangements, a written request must be submitted to the Transportation Department. Please refer to the page at left titled Alternate Stop/Day Care Transportation for additional information and a link to the Alternate Stop/Day Care request form.
If you have a question or concern about your student(s) bus stop please contact the bus company or the Transportation Department. While we understand the challenges faced by parents/guardians, the following do not warrant changes being made to a bus stop: not being able to see the bus stop from the home; elderly or disabled parent, grandparent or day care provider; day care provider who cannot walk to the bus stop due to other children in the facility; darkness/weather conditions or previous stop location.
If your permanent home address has changed, you must update your address through the Central Registrar (914) 241-6107.
FOR PARENTS OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS:
Our bus drivers have been instructed that it is our policy NOT to let kindergarten students off of the school bus unless there is an adult to meet them. If your kindergarten student is going to be met by someone other than a parent/guardian, written authorization indicating who is permitted to meet your kindergarten student at the bus stop must be provided. If your kindergarten student is permitted to be met by an older sibling, that sibling MUST be in 6th grade or older. Kindergarten students that are not met at the bus stop as required will be returned to their elementary school at the end of the trip. Please refer to the page at left titled Student Drop-off Authorization for additional information and a link to the Student Drop-off Authorization form.
FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 - 5:
Generally speaking, students in grades 1 through 5 will be let off of the bus WITHOUT an adult to meet them. If you would like to request that a student in grades 1 - 5 NOT be permitted to get off of the school bus unless there is an adult to meet them, you MUST send this request in writing to the Transportation Department. Please indicate who is permitted to receive your student from the bus. Students who are not met at the bus stop as specified will be returned to their elementary school office at the end of the route.