South Orangetown Central School District

(This message was emailed to all SOCSD families on July 22 via SchoolMessenger)

Hello from the Transportation Office!

For the past few months, we’ve been reviewing district transportation practices to identify ways to boost efficiency and responsiveness to students’ needs. As a result of this work, we’ve redesigned how we transport students, effective September 2018.

Here’s what you can expect:

Neighborhood busing
Following an in-depth analysis of last year’s routing, the South Orangetown Central School District will introduce neighborhood busing for 2018-19. Buses will be dispatched to serve students in assigned neighborhoods.

  • Common bus stops: Our office has made every effort to make neighborhood bus stop locations the same for all schools.
  • Shorter bus rides: Since buses will travel directly to and from the neighborhoods they serve, routes will be more geographically concentrated–and faster.

More buses
An additional bus has been added for William O. Schaefer Elementary School and South Orangetown Middle School. A van will be moved from WOS to serve Cottage Lane Elementary School.

SOCSD busing for in-district students with special needs
To ensure that South Orangetown students with special needs are transported to and from school on time whenever our schools are in session, wheelchair-accessible van transportation will be provided through Student Bus.

Bus cards will be mailed to families this week. Need busing to or from a location other than your child’s registered address? Please submit a completed Alternate Site Request Form to the Transportation Office by Monday, July 30 for alternate transportation to be in place for the first day of school. The form is posted at Requests received after July 30 will not take effect until after the first two weeks of school. Please allow 72 hours for requests made after the first two weeks of the school year to take effect.​

Students in grades 9-12 are transported only if they live more than 1.5 miles from Tappan Zee High School, as measured from the nearest entrance to a public road from the residence, along the most direct, publicly accessible route, to the front door of the school building. Walker notices are mailed to incoming freshmen and new entrants who are not eligible for busing. Note: All K-8 students are transported by the district. Additional information regarding transportation eligibility can be found online at

We’re looking forward to a great new school year! Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Michelle Stevens with any questions, either by email ([email protected]) or by calling (845) 680-1662 or (845) 680-1663.


Paul Guglielmo, P.E.
Supervisor of School Transportation