Letter from the Transportation Supervisor

Letter From the Transportation Supervisor

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are pleased to be transporting your child to and from school this year. We are very proud of the safety record of our school buses and the professionalism of our transportation team.
LACS school buses travel over 287,400 miles every year and we transport approximately 1,000 students each day. Our commitment to safety is second to none. Our buses are inspected by a DOT inspector biannually. Our transportation staff is a highly trained group of professionals that includes 14 regular route drivers, 3 special need drivers with 3 attendants, 2 mechanics, and 8 sub drivers and 6 sub attendants. We encourage you to use our school bus transportation as it is the safest transportation for your children.

Please help us ensure your child’s safety by following these simple but important procedures:
Provide your child with a backpack or book bag. Loose papers or other items are dangerous as children get off the bus.
Check your child’s clothing for the presence of long drawstrings or other dangling items. Long drawstrings or other dangling items should be removed from clothing as they could get snagged in the bus door as the child gets off the bus.
Be sure your child arrives at the designated bus stop five minutes early each day. Children who are late for the bus may panic and chase it, or run into the road.
Insist that your child wait for the bus safely in an orderly fashion, back from the roadway. Behavior problems at the bus stop can create hazardous conditions for children.
When the bus arrives, your child should wait for the bus driver’s signal before boarding. Children should board in single file.
Teach your child to sit quietly on the ride to and from school. Behavior problems distract the bus driver and could result in an accident.
It is important that our drivers are able to concentrate on driving the route safely. If anything makes your child feel unsafe at the bus stop or on the bus ride, please contact us at the transportation department, rather than trying to discuss it at the bus stop.

To be eligible for transportation, the Board of Education Eligibility Policy requires you live the following distances from school:
Grades K-3 more than ½ mile
Grades 4-6 more than ¾ mile
Grades 7-12 more than 1 mile

If you are eligible for transportation and are not presently assigned a route, please fill out a transportation request form which you may pick up and drop off at any of the school offices. Every student/family signed up for transportation should receive a postcard identifying their bus route, driver, morning pick up and afternoon drop off time. We try to adjust pickup and drop off times as close as possible but please allow a 10 minute window for pick up and drop off times. Please call me at 315-376-7212 if you have not received this information or have any questions regarding transportation.

We are deeply committed to the safety of your child as well as all of our community’s children.

Thank you!

Amy L. Green
Transportation Supervisor

School Bus Winter Safety

1. Don’t rush to catch the bus. When roads and walkways are slippery, rushing to catch the bus or driving faster to make it to your destination can have disastrous results. Children need extra time to get to the bus stop in cold, windy, or snowy conditions. Encouraging them to leave a few minutes early and take their time can reduce the number of falls on slick pavement.

2. Bundle up. Students need to keep warm at the bus stop but they also must be able to see and hear what’s going on around them. When bundling up your child in the morning, be sure he or she still has an adequate line of sight and can hear traffic and other noises.
3. Put down the phone. Not looking where you are walking can be very dangerous. When walking on snow or ice covered surfaces, watch where you are walking, take shorter, more deliberate steps, or do the “penguin shuffle.”

4. Get a grip. Wear footwear appropriate for conditions. Avoid footwear with slick (no-tread) soles when walking on wet surfaces, snow, or ice.

5. Just a little patience. School bus drivers are well trained on driving in inclement weather; however, snow and icy roads can slow down even the most experienced driver. Safety is each driver’s top priority, and extra time may be needed to get from stop to stop.

6. The last step. The seemingly simple task of getting on and off the bus can be taken for granted. Always use the handrails.7. Pay attention to weather alerts and school messages. As hectic as mornings can be, parents should be aware of weather alerts and school cancellations or delays. Bad weather also can lead to early dismissals or a change in bus routes. Make sure your school has your contact information to receive late-breaking alerts, and be sure to check your school website or local media when inclement weather is expected.