TRANSPORTATION

NYC's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) determines if a student is eligible for transportation on the yellow school bus or a full­fare or half­fare student MetroCard. Eligibility is based on a student's grade and distance from school. Students who receive a student MetroCard are not eligible to ride the yellow school bus. Similarly, students who ride the yellow bus are not eligible for a student MetroCard. Each student's eligibility status is indicated in our electronic
records.

To find out if your child is eligible for bus service or a MetroCard, contact the OPT at (718) 392­ 8855. You will need to provide your child's student ID number. Your child is not allowed to ride the bus until you have received written notification from the school. This can take a week or more from the time you request service. We appreciate your patience while waiting for this authorization to arrive. If you have questions about busing or MetroCards, please call 718-822-5341 and ask to speak to Ms. Fonte or Ms. Kit.

MetroCards (Student Bus Passes)

If you live less than 1/2 mile from school, your child is eligible for a half­fare MetroCard in grades K­2. A half­fare card means you are responsible for paying half the cost of the fare. Your child can use the half­fare MetroCards on the bus only. (Families who live too close to school do not qualify for a MetroCard. If you live a mile or more from school, your child is eligible for a full­fare MetroCard, which may be used on the subway and bus. MetroCards are valid between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on days when school is in session. Take good care of your child's MetroCard. Don't bend or scratch it or the card may become deactivated. Don't lend it to another person. If you get caught, MTA personnel can confiscate the card, and you could be fined. If you lose your card, notify the school immediately.

School Bus Behavior

The NYC DOE views transportation on the yellow bus as a privilege. Appropriate behavior is expected on the bus, as in school. Keep in mind that there is no matron on general education buses to monitor the students' behavior. All bus students are expected to follow the safety ruleslisted below when riding the yellow bus to and from school. Please help us maintain a calm, safe atmosphere by reviewing these rules to make sure both you and your child understand
exactly what is expected on the bus.

  1. Respect the driver's authority. Do not argue with or distract the driver while the bus is moving.
  2. Be on time in the morning and at the end of the day. Make every effort to arrive at the bus stop five minutes early. If the bus is delayed, call the bus company for information. Do not call the main office, as we have no information on bus routes or delays.
  3. Stay seated until it is time to get off the bus. Keep your seatbelt buckled until you reach your stop.
  4. Behave courteously toward others.
  5. Respect school property. Do not damage or deface the bus by writing on or punching holes in seats.
  6. Behave in a way that does not jeopardize the safety of yourself or others. Do not throw objects in the bus or out of the window.
  7. Keep the bus clean. Do not eat, drink or throw litter on the bus.

The driver is responsible for maintaining order and reporting violations of safety rules and severe misconduct to the principal. Students who disregard the above rules will be subject to the following consequences: a verbal warning, a warning letter to the parents and principal andpossible suspension of bus privileges. If your child is having a problem with another child on thebus, make sure your child informs the bus driver immediately so corrective action can be taken.For insurance reasons, the only children who are allowed to ride the yellow bus are those who have been notified in writing by the Office of Pupil Transportation. For insurance reasons, play dates are never allowed to ride the bus even if they have written permission from their
parents. There are no exceptions to this policy!