Bus Stop Locations & Safety
Centralized Bus Stop Locations
- Centralized stops are created after balancing issues of safety, distances from home, routing efficiency, and cost.
- It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the student arrives at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up and drop-off times. Pick up and drop off times are approximate and may vary due to unforeseen conditions such as traffic, weather, and road conditions. If your child is not ready at the designated pick-up time in the morning, it is the parent’s responsibility to arrange for alternate transportation to their respective school. The Transportation Department cannot send the bus back or dispatch a second bus to pick-up your child.
- Stops will not be moved for the convenience of parents, e.g. inability to take child to the bus stop due to having multiple children, being disabled, caregiver is elderly, etc. The District strives for consistency and fairness. Stop locations will only be changed after a safety evaluation has been performed by the Transportation Supervisor. (See “Requesting a Bus Stop Evaluation” below.)
- Factors that affect the creation of stops:
- School buses will not enter dead-end streets;
- Buses will not enter a cul-de-sac, except when the distance exceeds one quarter mile from the entrance of the cul-de-sac or nearest central pick up location to the student’s home;
- Numbers of students at bus stops will be varied according to the concentration of riders in an area, the degree of traffic, the presence of stop signs, speed limits, and bus turn-around requirements;
- The maximum of 25 students at a stop will be acceptable only where there is adequate waiting space away from heavy traffic areas. Approximately 10 to 15 students will be the usual number scheduled for pickup at any one point;
- An effort will be made to minimize crossing of the road by students.
- Public roads: Transportation will be provided on side 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, ice, snow and mud.
- Private roads: Transportation will not be provided on roads that have not been dedicated and/or maintained by town, county, and/or state highway departments.
What Determines a Safe Bus Stop?
- A safe bus stop is one where the bus driver has a good line of sight (both forward and back.)
- A safe place for pupils to stand while waiting for a bus.
- Wherever possible (including efficiency concerns), right-hand pickup and drop off is preferable to having pupils cross a busy roadway. If crossing is necessary, the State Education Department crossing procedures will be used
- Parents unable to see their child at a bus stop from their home does not constitute an unsafe stop.
- Door-to-door pick-up and drop-offs are not permitted unless there is an approved directive from the SOCSD Office of Pupil Personnel Services that a student requires special transportation arrangements.
Requesting a Bus Stop Evaluation
- To review New York State bus stop rules, please visit the New York State Pupil Transportation website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/schoolbus/Parents/htm/school_bus_stops.html
- Prior to completing a Bus Stop Safety Evaluation Request, please review what constitutes a safe stop. Remember the District utilizes centralized stops that have been reviewed extensively and are considered safe. View the Bus Stop Safety Evaluation Request Form.
- Upon completing and submitting the form, the Transportation Office will acknowledge its receipt. If it is at the start of the school year, a stop evaluation and response may take more than one week to complete. Bus stop safety evaluations will not take place during the first two weeks of the school year.