Transporting Students Safely
Amherst Central School District is commited to providing a safe transportation system for students.
Bus information for the 2021-22 school year will be available for public school students who are eligible for transportation in the Aspen Parent Portal on or after Sept. 1.
Transportation limits for students residing within the Amherst Central School District
- All students in grades K through 5 will be transported to and from school
- All students in grades 6-8 who live one mile or more from school will be transported to and from school
- All students in grades 9-12 who live one and one-half miles from school will be transported to and from school
Scheduling and Routing
Transportation services shall be provided to meet the needs of the students of the district within specified limits and areas established by the Board of Education. Bus routes are revised every year based on changes in student attendance patterns. The level of service in any given neighborhood may change from one year to the next as students who were eligible for a bus stop move on to higher grade levels or relocate.
Student Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
The District will designate pick up and drop off locations based on policy, past practice or safety concerns.
- Kindergarten students will be picked up and dropped off at the house when possible. For example, only if the bus has full access to the street and not located on a non-through street ( deadend) or a cul-de-sac that is not currently traveled due to safety concerns. Also, if there are other kindergarten students close by, the district will group the children as to limit the number of stops which will provide additional safety to those involved.
- Grades 1-5 students will be picked up and dropped off at corners unless the grouping of students is necessary or the neighborhood children involve a kindergarten student. A busy traveled roadway may also become an exception where students will not be permitted to cross.
- Grades 6-8 will be picked up and dropped off at corners unless it is a busy traveled roadway.
- Grades 9-12 will be picked up and dropped off at corners.
Non-Through Streets and Cul-de-sacs
Non-through streets and cul-de-sacs can present a challenge for school buses. There must be enough space on a court for the bus to turn around without backing up. There are areas that have never been traveled by a school bus and additional areas added each year due to the changing guidelines and safety standards provided to us. The district sets the guidelines not the bus driver. If you have any questions regarding these areas, please contact the Transportation Department.
Parents are responsible for getting their child(ren) to and from the bus stop safely! Students need to be at their scheduled location for pick up (5 to 10 minutes prior to bus arrival). The bus will NOT wait for latecomers. If parents are meeting their children for the afternoon arrival, please make sure you are at the correct drop off location and arrive on time. If students are required to cross the street at their pick up or drop off location, please wait for the driver's hand signal when it's safe to cross and follow additional guidance if necessary. Refer to the Transportation Safety Drill Procedures.
The district will share its calendar and start and dismissal times with nonpublic schools before the start of the school year. The District is not required to provide transportation to nonpublic schools on days on which the District's schools are not in session.
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibilities under law and regulations for all aspects of its transportation program, and to safeguard the welfare and safety of bus-riding students transported under this policy. The safe transportation of students to and from school is of primary concern in the administration of the school bus program. All state laws and regulations pertaining to the safe use of school buses shall be observed by drivers, students and school personnel.
School Business Administrator
First Student (Contact phone number for Special Education Students)