Frequently Asked Questions

Safety is EVERYONE'S Responsibility!

It is the parent's responsibility to get their children to their bus stop and to supervise their children at the bus stop. (39 N.Y.2d 554) The student becomes the responsibility of the school when they board our district's buses, and the driver has full authority on the bus and may assign seats if necessary. The rules in the classroom apply to the bus as well. Respect your driver, as you would your teacher, and be respectful to your fellow riders by being courteous, speaking at a classroom level, and using proper language.

DOES EVERY BUS HAVE ASSIGNED SEATING?
In most cases,
yes. It is at the discretion of the bus driver to assign seating, for safety, efficiency of transport, and familiarity of students. (39 Ed. Dep't Rep.212)(1999)

WHAT IF I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT HOME TO RECEIVE MY KINDERGARTNER?
If necessary, have someone meet your child at his/her assigned stop, or make arrangements to have your child picked up at the elementary school. Only in emergency situations will we allow a single day pass for your child to ride another bus to another location. Please be aware that we will not release children to anyone other than their parents or guardian without proper authorization. If there is no adult to receive the student(s) he/she will be brought back to the school and you will need to make arrangements to pick up your student there.

WHAT IF I NEED MY CHILD TO GO SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN HOME?
Parents may request a permanent alternative bus assignment if their child will be arriving at school from, or departing school to, an alternative location. Requests must be submitted to the elementary/middle school office in writing on the appropriate form, provided below, at least 5 days in advance of the request change. Only those requests for a single consistent alternative pick up and/ or drop off will be considered.

CAN A FRIEND RIDE TO SCHOOL OR COME HOME WITH MY CHILD?
Any student of Silver Creek School can ride TO school from any designated bus stop. Conversely, because we have limited seating on the "from school" bus run, we cannot allow single-day transfers on the go-home route due to the numbers of riders on the buses. If you have an emergency situation, you need to call the appropriate district office at 934-2603, ext. 1100 for elementary or ext. 1400 for middle school to make other arrangements.

MUST A SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORT CHILDREN OF DIVORCED PARENTS TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON DIFFERENT DAYS OF THE WEEK?
No. (School Law Edition, Section 30:5) (Appeal of Dickinson, 39 Educ. Dep't Rep. 41 (1999); Appeal of VanDerJagt, 33 Educ. Dep't Rep. 517 (1994)). According to the Commissioner of Education, a student can only have a single residence for school purposes even when that student’s parents are divorced. There is no statutory or regulatory requirement that a district transport a student whose parents share joint custody to one parent’s home on some days of the week and to the other parent’s home on different days of the week.

PARENTS, PLEASE ASSIST US WITH YOUR STUDENT'S LABEL!
Your elementary child is provided with a "shipping label" at the beginning of the school year, with the destination information and bus assignment on it. If in the course of the year the information should need to change, please fill out the Transportation Form, hand it in to the Elementary office and notify the Transportation office so we can assure that the most up to date and accurate information is on your child's label. Our drivers work hard to know each and every child on their buses. Given the large number of students we transport, consistent bus assignments help ensure the safety of our children. Please help us by making sure your child knows what bus he/she rides to and from school each day. It is also crucial that you provide your child with clear instructions regarding what to do if they arrive from school and find no one home. Such a situation could occur in the event of an emergency school closure or in the case of a family emergency.

Revised Jan. 3, 2017