Student transportation information can be found in the Parent Portal (to be redirected to the Parent Portal click on Parent Portal below).
ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
Transportation is provided for all of the children in the Orchard Park Central School District attending both public and non-public schools.
The school does not encourage students to drive cars or motorcycles to school unless transportation is needed in an emergency or for after school employment.
Students who ride bicycles to school are urged to fasten them to the bicycle racks with strong locks.
Transporting personal property larger than 1x1x3 feet is prohibited on school buses. This includes the following musical instruments: baritone sax, French horn, cello, viola, tuba, large drum, baritone horn or any trombone or like-sized instrument measuring more than the specified size limit. Also prohibited is the transportation of glass containers, skateboards, roller blades, pets or animals, and class projects, sport equipment, etc., larger than 1x1x3 feet.
BE CAREFUL! School bus transportation requires responsibilities on the part of students, parents and bus drivers. If the following guidelines are observed, it will help us provide safe, economical transportation for all youngsters.
- Be on time (five minutes early is recommended) at scheduled stop. The bus cannot wait. It will not pause or stop unless the student is out in front and visible to the driver.
- Wait until bus comes to full stop before getting on or off. Stand clear of bus until it stops and door is opened. If necessary to cross road, wait for signal from bus driver and check traffic before crossing.
- Enter bus one at a time and go directly to seat. Allow small children to enter first. Do not change seats unless instructed by the driver. Stay in seat until bus comes to complete stop. Leave bus in single file to avoid accident.
- Don’t talk to driver while bus is in motion.
- Check your belongings before you get off — if something is lost, you can call the Transportation Department at 209-6237.
- Follow the bus driver’s instructions.
- Stay in your own space.
- Use quiet, courteous voices.
- Don’t bring live animals or other items of a dangerous nature on the bus. Smoking, lighted matches and other flammable materials are prohibited.
- Students must use their assigned bus. Drivers are not authorized to accept notes from home for students to ride a different bus. Principals or the transportation office may arrange for an alternate bus in case of emergency.
- Children who abuse bus privileges by not observing the rules, according to the law, may be deprived of transportation.
Safety Tips ... As school begins, parents and teachers are encouraged to provide special emphasis on school bus safety. Among the top tips:
- I see you, you see me ... visual contact between the driver and student is critical. Students should look at the drivers’ face while waiting outside in front of the bus. The driver should be able to see the student, which means the child is out of the driver’s blind spot in front of the bus.
- Wait for the driver’s signal to cross ... Children can’t see traffic through the side of a bus. But, the driver, with side and rear mirrors, can analyze what is happening in traffic. The driver will signal the child to cross the highway only when convinced that traffic is controlled.
- Left, Right and Left Again ... When crossing a highway, traffic reaches us first from the left. So, looking Left, Right and Left Again greatly enhances the ability to safely cross.
- Use Backpacks or Bookbags ... Children are less likely to drop something that they’ll be tempted to dash into the street to pick up.
- Dress for Safety ... Remove drawstrings from jackets and hoods. Drawstrings, scarves and loose clothing can become caught when exiting the bus, creating a potential safety hazard.
- Dropping Off Elementary Students At the End of the Day
As a district we are committed to the safety, security and education of all our students and believe that we need to be a partner with our families.
In order to ensure the safety and security of our students at the end of the school day, we believe it is important for families to have a visible adult (designee) home to greet elementary (K-5) students. If a parent/guardian (designee) is not visible for an elementary student, and the school bus driver does not see someone visually at the drop off point, the driver will be directed to return your child to the school building or transportation building. The transportation department will then contact you to pick up your child. If it is not possible for a parent/guardian to be home and you wish to waive this procedure please contact Mr. Haier or Ms. Forster in the transportation department at 209-6237.
New York State Education Department Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Transportation:
OPCSD Transportation Department
2240 Southwestern Blvd.,
West Seneca, NY 14224
Phone: (716) 209-6237
Fax: (716) 209-8140
Head Bus Driver