South Orangetown Central School District

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Transportation to SOCSD Public Schools

All students in grades K-8 are entitled to pupil transportation at centralized, reasonable pick-up locations determined by the Transportation Department, regardless of distance from their school (SOCSD Middle School, Cottage Lane, & William O. Schaefer).

Students in grades 9-12 are entitled to pupil transportation at centralized, reasonable pick-up locations determined by the Transportation Office, if they reside greater than 1.5 miles from Tappan Zee High School.

Students entering Tappan Zee High School for the first time, who live 1.5 miles or less from the high school will receive a letter by June 1 indicating that they are not eligible for transportation from the District, including late buses.


  • Child Safety Zones established by the District voters in accordance with state eligibility standards
  • Students with IEP/approved classification requiring transportation.


Transportation to Non-Public Schools

Students who attend a non-public school outside the school district are eligible for transportation providing:

  1. Section 3635 of the NYS Education Law requires all non-city districts provide transportation for pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grades 8 who live more than two miles from the school they attend and for pupils enrolled in grades 9-12 who live more than three miles from the school they attend up to a distance of fifteen miles. The distances in each case are measured by the nearest available routes from home to school.
  2. In order to obtain transportation for their children, parents must file requests with the Transportation Office by April 1 of the preceding school year or within 30 days of moving to the district.
  3. Non-public school student bus stops will be assigned in the same manner as defined for public school students.
  4. Routes will be established in the most efficient and economical manner.

Transportation of Students with Special Needs to Out-of-District Placements

Students attending an out of district school for services are eligible for transportation at centralized stops, unless the student’s individualized education plan indicates otherwise, providing:

  1. The school is an approved special education program, as per the Executive Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services.
  2. The school is not more than 50 miles from the student’s residence.

Divorced Parents Sharing Custody

  1. Students can only have a single residence for school purposes per the New York State Commissioner of Education.
  2. As a result, the District is only authorized to transport from one location.
  3. We request that parents follow the law and not request the District to provide transportation to more than one residence within the District boundaries.


623 Western Highway
Blauvelt, NY 10913
Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm
(845) 680-1662/3
General Transportation Email

Michelle Stevens
Transportation Coordinator
(845) 680-1663