Home to School Eligibility Requirements
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 (South Orangetown Middle School, Cottage Lane Elementary School and William O. Schaefer Elementary School).
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.
- 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:
- Section 3635 of the NYS Education Law requires all non-city districts provide transportation for pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 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 15 miles. The distances in each case are measured by the nearest available routes from home to school.
- 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.
- Non-public school student bus stops will be assigned in the same manner as defined for public school students.
- Routes will be established in the most efficient and economical manner.
Transportation of Students to Out-of-District Placements
Students attending out-of-district placements are eligible for transportation to their programs provided that the school is an approved special education program, as per the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services.
Divorced Parents Sharing Custody
- Students can only have a single residence for school purposes per the New York State Commissioner of Education.
- School districts are not required to provide transportation or save seats on multiple buses in order to accommodate alternating parenting schedules.