Pupil Transportation

News & Notes

11/20/20 Second School Bus Safety Drill

Please remember the second bus safety drill is to be completed between the dates of 11/1/2020 and 12/31/2020. Considering the pandemic and the need to reduce the spread, the State Education Department suggests the second drill be conducted using a virtual school bus safety drill.  All students would view and engage in dialogue about how to safely evacuate a school bus.

 

 

11/9/2020- Training Requirements for Optional Virtual Training of Mandated Two Hour Refreshers for the 2020-2021 School Year

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the State Education Department has received a request to permit online training opportunities for pupil transportation professionals. The criteria listed in the attachment would be the minimum requirements for virtual instruction of the two-hour refresher training only.

Note:  This change is only for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

11/4/2020- Extension of Deadline for Requests for Transportation to Nonpublic and Charter Schools

Note: This item is an update to the transportation deadline extension referenced below on 10/13/20.

Please note that, pursuant to Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor for the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor has extended through December 3, 2020, Section 3635 of the Education law, the deadline for parents to file transportation requests with their school district in order to obtain transportation for their children for the following school year.

 

10/29/2020 Fall Refresher Extension

In accordance with the newly revised transportation regulations which states:     

156.3(b)(5)(iii) “All school bus drivers shall receive a minimum of two hours of refresher    instruction in school bus safety at least two times a year, at sessions conducted between July 1st and October 31st… Provided, however, that such refresher instruction may be postponed where a school bus driver is unable to complete such instruction due to the State of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis. Such instruction shall be rescheduled and completed as soon as practicable.” and 156.3(d)(5)(iii) “All school bus monitors and attendants shall receive a minimum of two hours of refresher instruction in school bus safety at least two times a year, at sessions conducted between July 1st and October 31st… Provided, however, that such refresher instruction may be postponed where a school bus driver is unable to complete such instruction due to the State of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis. Such instruction shall be rescheduled and completed as soon as practicable.”

The State Education Department has extended the due date of the first refresher from 10/31/20 to 11/30/20.  This practicable accommodation should enable districts and BOCES to complete the mandated refresher training while following social distancing and other safety mandated requirements.

 

10/13/20 - Extension of Deadline for Requests for Transportation to Nonpublic and Charter Schools

Note: This item is an update to the transportation deadline extension referenced below on 9/4/20.

Please note that, pursuant to Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor for the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor has extended through November 3, 2020, Section 3635 of the Education law, the deadline for parents to file transportation requests with their school district in order to obtain transportation for their children for the following school year.

 

 

9/28/2020 - The revised Regulations have been posted on the Regulations page.

 

9/21/2020 - Please read the Pupil Transportation Memo from Interim Commissioner Rosa dated September 9, 2020.

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/memo-pupil-transportation-9-9-20.pdf

 

 

9/11/2020 - Please see the updated Master Instructor List from 1985 to 2020

NYSED: P-16:EMSC: Pupil Transportation Services: Master Instructor

 

9/4/2020 - Extension of Deadline for Requests for Transportation to Nonpublic and Charter Schools

Note: This item is an update to the transportation deadline extension referenced below on 8/27/20.

Please note that, pursuant to Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor for the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor has extended through October 4, 2020, Section 3635 of the Education law, the deadline for parents to file transportation requests with their school district in order to obtain transportation for their children for the following school year.

 

9/1/2020   Guidance regarding Eligibility for Interscholastic Athletics, Inclusive Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

Please click on the link:  http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/eligibility-interscholastic-athletics-inclusive-athletics-extracurricular-activities-9-1-20.pdf

 

8/27/2020 - Extension of Deadline for Requests for Transportation to Nonpublic and Charter Schools

Note: This item is an update to the transportation deadline extension referenced below on 3/30/20.

Please note that, pursuant to Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor for the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor suspended through September 4, 2020, Section 3635 of the Education law, to the extent necessary to delay the April 1 requirement that parents must file transportation requests with their school district in order to obtain transportation for their children for the following school year.

8/21/20 - Guidance Related to Hand Sanitizer on School Buses PDF file

8/19/20  The PTU has received questions about the two hour refresher training and would like to share the following:

Refresher training are permitted to be taught in person up to the capacity of the phase opening in your region with social distancing.

The only other allowance is the distance learning model.  This model is where the refresher is taught in one room with staff present and broadcast to another room with staff.  There needs to be an SBDI in the second room to monitor the attendance and attention to the presentation.

Zoom and WebEx being used at a staff member’s home is not permitted at this time.

Thank you.

 

8/17/20   Back to school reminder about school bus safety drills:

  • Bus safety drills must be conducted when your school opens as required under State Education Department Regulation.
  • Virtual delivery of the bus safety drills is not permitted by  SED.
  • It is recommended to exit the front door of the bus for this first required safety drill to minimize contact with the students and to provide some level of social distancing.
  • The first drill in September is due by the 7th day of school as per SED regulation.  This year, for those of you who are accommodating alternative instructional scheduling, SED has offered the following. The seven-day calendar count starts when students physically attend the bus ride.   For instance, for A/B scheduling, drills are due by the seventh day the students on the A or B schedule attend in person school and ride the bus.  For students attending school on split AM/PM sessions,  drills will need to be conducted for each AM and PM group of riders.
  • It is recommended that “mini-drills” as defined in the amended Part 156 regulation (see attached)  be conducted for students who may have missed the regularly scheduled bus safety drill or started bus transportation after concluding virtual learning.

8/17/2020  NYSDOT Releases Guidance on School Bus Barriers/Partitions

 

8/12/2020  The State Education Department would like to congratulate and welcome the following new Master Instructors:

Elizabeth

Berner

 117

Bradley

Countermine

118

Ellen

Driscoll

119

Suzanne

Fynn

120

Kelly

McLaren

121

Ronald

Mackey

122

Daniel

Proctor

123

Mark

Rice

124

John

Sharpe

125

Karyn

Such

126

JoAnne

Thompson

127

Kari

Turner

128

Their give back to the industry projects will be posted at a later date. 

7/17/2020 The Cost per Mile Formula has been added to the Director's Page.

7/3/2020 - Commissioner’s Advisory Committee 2020-2021 Meeting Dates:

  • September 24th, 2020 (NYSED, EB 5A&B, 1-5PM)
  • December 10th, 2020 (NYSED, EB 5A&B, 1-5PM)
  • March 11th, 2021 (NYSED, EB 5A&B, 1-5PM)
  • June 10th, 2021 (NYSED, EB 5A&B, 9-5PM- morning session is PDS/Cores planning)

6/8/2020 - Transportation Memo from Assistant Commissioner Coughlin on Testing and Training

5/8/2020 - Please note the anti-idling law has been extended until June 30, 2024. Please see Education Law 3637 External Link.

3/30/2020 - Extension of Deadline for Requests for Transportation to Nonpublic and Charter Schools Please note that due to the closure of schools pursuant to the Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor for the COVID-19 crisis and recognizing that such requests need to be incorporated into a school district’s budget, the Department directs all public school districts to accept all parental requests for transportation to charter and nonpublic schools submitted on or before May 9, 2020. The Department deems such Executive Order(s) be a reasonable excuse for a delay under Ed. Law 3635.

01/16/2020 - Happy New Year!! Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 57.5 cents per mile driven for business use, down one half of a cent from the rate for 2019.

  • 2020 = 57.5 cents per mile
  • 2019 = 58 cents per mile
  • 2018 = 54.5 cents per mile
  • 2017 = 53.5 cents per mile
  • 2016 = 54 cents per mile

08/21/2019 - Immunizations & Pupil Transportation - Who is responsible for making sure requirments are met?

08/19/2019 - Piggyback Contract Guidance - NOW AVAILABLE

06/12/2019 - CPI for the 2019-2020 school year is 1.5%

04/29/2019 - Commissioner’s Advisory Committee 2019-2020 Meeting Dates

    • 09/26/19   1-5 pm in EB Room 5A-B
    • 12/12/19   1-5 pm in EB Room 5A-B
    • 03/12/20   1-5 pm in EB Room 5A-B
    • 06/04/20   9-5 pm (morning session is PDS/Cores planning) in EB Room 5A-B

04/16/2019 - MI Course - 2019 Deadline extended - thru May 17, 2019

01/03/2019 - Happy New Year!! Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018.

  • 2019 = 58 cents per mile
  • 2018 = 54.5 cents per mile
  • 2017 = 53.5 cents per mile
  • 2016 = 54 cents per mile

11/30/18 - ANNOUNCEMENT -

08/27/18 - The Pupil Transportation office has moved. Our new address is:

The New York State Education Department, Pupil Transportation Unit

89 Washington Ave, 1075 EBA, Albany, NY 12234

07/16/18 - 2017's Master Instructors are now listed. Congratulations to our newest leaders in Pupil Transportation.

06/12/18 - CPI for 2018-19 is 2.2%

05/16/18 - Recall: Seat Mounting Braket Fracture

To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use this VIN Look-up Tool.   HTSA Recall ID Number : 18V253

05/09/18 - Commissioner’s Advisory Committee for Pupil Transportation Services - Next meeting - May 31, 2018 - NYS Education Building, Room 217 EB, from 1-5PM

04/16/18 - Paul Overbaugh appointed as New York State Director of Pupil Transportation

04/02/18 - CPI for 2018-19 will be RELEASED on June 12th at 8:30am

01/25/18 - DOT "Medical Marijuana" Notice @  https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/medical-marijuana-notice

12/15/17 - Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from last year.

  • 2018 = 54.5 cents per mile
  • 2017 = 53.5 cents per mile

12/05/17 - Commissioner’s Advisory Committee for Pupil Transportation Services 2017-18 Meeting Dates: 

    • September 28, 2017
    • December 7, 2017
    • March 15, 2018
    • May 31, 2018

6/14/17 - The May CPI rate for calculating maximum possible increases for pupil transportation contract extensions in the 2017-2018 school year is 1.8%.

2/7/17 - Federal Regulations for School Buses Word Document Icon

6/16/16 - The May CPI rate for calculating maximum possible increases for pupil transportation contract extensions in the 2016-2017 school year is 0.9%.

05/31/16 -  Application and Information for the 2017 Master Instructor Course

02/22/16  - The Office of Pupil Transportation at NYSED would like to thank two leaders in the Pupil Transportation field for drafting this article on the dangers of dragging incidents, where children are caught in school bus doors, and carried for a distance. This poses a great risk to the children you transport, and we urge all of those responsible for pupil transportation to engage in training to prevent further incidents. Please read this updated article for more information.   PDF ICON  (6,232KB)

04/08/15 - Parkway restrictions for school buses on Long Island.

If any school district transportation office or transportation operator has a question on what vehicles are permitted on the NYS Parkways in Region 10 (Suffolk and Nassau Counties) please call: New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation -
Long Island Region: (631) 669-1000.

They should be able to help you with any direction or guidance concerning this.

03/20/15Non-Allowable Pupil Decimal Preparation and Filing - State Aid Website

04/12/12 -

  1. All requests for NPO, NPC, and PIRP room approvals.
  2. Certificates for school bus driver, monitor and attendant - Basic and Advanced Courses of Instruction.
  3. Requests for lost certificates.
  4. MV 104F for school bus accidents (the NY State Education Department copy).

    Should be sent to: 
    Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI)
    10 Adler Drive, Suite 102
    East Syracuse, New York  13057

    Phone: 315-475-1386 or 1 800-836-2210
    Fax:     315-475-5033

    PTSI Website   External Link
Last Updated: November 20, 2020