Schoharie students are riding safer than ever:
Bus inspection earns high grades from NYSDOT
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has given the
Schoharie Central School District Transportation Department a high
rating in its school bus safety inspection report for the 2010-11
school year, with 96.4% of the district's 55 vehicles passing
The high rating reflects an increase from an 88.7% passing rate
in 2009-10, and an 81.1% passing rate in 2008-09.
All school buses are subject to a comprehensive
inspection by the NYSDOT at least every six months. Vehicles that do not
pass are placed out of service until problems are corrected. Only two
vehicles received that designation last year, and both were
repaired within a short period of time.
Statewide, DOT performs semi-annual vehicle safety
inspections on a wide variety of vehicles, including school buses. In
fact, nearly 80% of the approximately 154,000 inspections conducted each
year involve vehicles used in school
transportation services, either directly by a public or private school
or by a contractor hired to provide that service.
The remaining inspections are performed on vehicles
used in other services regulated by NYSDOT, including motor
coach charter services, transit authorities, ambulettes (transit for
disabled passengers) and “for hire” passenger services.
Tips for parents and guardians
Schoharie's school bus drivers consider the safety
of students to be of the utmost priority and take great pride in their
excellent driving record. They receive regular instruction in
improving school bus safety and thoroughly review all safety
procedures each year.
Parental support plays a vital role in helping the
school to safely transport our students. Please review with your children the following 10 Rules Of Bus Safety that
on each bus:
1. Observe same conduct as in the classroom.
2. Be courteous, use no profane language.
3. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
4. Keep the bus clean.
5. Cooperate with the driver.
6. Do not smoke.
7. Do not be destructive.
8. Stay in your seat.
9. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
10. Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
Also please note:
Live animals, large objects (except band
instruments) and glass are not permitted on buses.
Please have your children at their stop, ready to board the bus,
at their scheduled time. Buses are not permitted
to wait for children who are not in sight.
Drop-off times may vary,
especially on late
bus runs (3:30 p.m.), as two late buses cover the entire
district and drop-off times are affected by the number of students who
stay for after-school activities on a given day.
Parents may call the bus garage at 295-6684 to
let us know their children won’t be riding the bus that day.
One of the best
ways to cut down
on confusion between children and bus drivers is to have a consistent
spot for pick-ups and drop-offs is best!
Kindergarten parents – You, or an authorized adult, are required to
escort your child
to and from the bus to ensure the proper release of your child. No kindergarten student
will be dropped off without the presence of an authorized adult.
For field trips, sports trips and after-school bus trips,
all buses have
forms to be used
in case a student, staff member, or chaperone requires transportation to
The form has sections for recording the nature of the injury or illness
and the name
of the hospital. This is helpful information for school officials and
in case of a bus accident, especially out of the area.
Also, an accurate
roster of all students who are on the bus trip is completed and
available to the bus driver.
Bus Garage: 295-6684
Towne, Director of Transportation*, (518) 295-6684; Fax
* Schoharie shares Denise Towne's services as director
of transportation with Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District as
part of an ongoing effort to
cut costs while maintaining the quality of services for students and the