Tag: Transportation

Do Shen school busses have cameras that detect when a driver passes a stopped school bus? If not, why?

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Shen school buses do not have cameras that detect when cars pass their red lights and stop sign when picking up and discharging passengers. There is no New York State law that allows these cameras to be used to enforce the illegal passing. New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) which represents School Transportation […]

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Why do you change transportation schedules (pickup times) without notifying the parents? My child’s morning bus time was changed to 10 minutes earlier and we weren’t informed.

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  We notify parents of changes when it is more than ten minutes. Please call the transportation department so we can ascertain the exact route to be able to answer your question in more detail.

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School buses are overcrowded and dangerous for our children’s well being. I’m speaking for the high school buses in this case but in general they all should be looked at at every grade level. I understand running the buses at full capacity for cost savings but this is ridiculous. My kids are at the end of a route and can’t find seats then the bus driver yells at them and embarrasses them to all their peers. Now I have to drive them to school to avoid the nonsense then i hear from other parents they are doing the same thing. The number of parents driving their children is also ridiculous, have you seen the traffic in and out of campus in the mornings? Maybe, just maybe if you fixed the bus situation, there would be less parents driving their kids to school.

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A. We are not aware of any school bus that is overloaded. Please call the Transportation department so we can get the specific route numbers you are talking to about.

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In regards to the bus complaint…I should add that last year the bus picked her up at 7:25 to arrive at school on time. why the huge difference when going to the high school. may be we were the last stop before school and now we will be the first? This does not seem right. if that is the case, make it fair and be the last stop on the morning and the first in the afternoon so that not both bus rides are and hour and 20 minutes long

Written by on August 29, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Routing has the following elements which determine pickup and drop off, distance from home to school (for all riders on a bus combined, the bell schedule, the amount of time required for the bus to stop and pick up each child, space at the bus port, and what each bus is required to do after […]

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What “camp” are buses picking kids up for in the mornings over the summer?

Written by on August 29, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The Town of Halfmoon leases our buses each year to provide transportation to their residents for the Halfmoon Summer Camp Program.  The program uses our buses and drivers, but is run by the Town of Halfmoon. Please contact the Town of Halfmoon for further information.

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My daughter has been complaining that her afternoon bus driver drives like a mad man. She has complained for several weeks so i went and waited at her stop to see the bus speed to our stop. We live in an area with a limit of 30mph ahe was going a good 45 and my daughter always complains about being knocked around going way too fast and coming off the bus feeling sick from being tossed around. If this does not get fixed i will call someone bigger. It is route 415p in high school east. Other children have confirmed the driver goes too fast and several kids feel sick after they get off. I dont know if she is in a rush to just get her job done but this is rediculous!!

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. It would very helpful if we had the actual date you observed this driver and if you could give us the actual location so we can look at our GPS data. At any rate, we will look into this issue and counsel the driver.

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Why do we have bus drivers shortage?

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for your question. The issue of school bus driver shortage is not unique to Shenendehowa Central Schools but is a nationwide problem. There are several reasons for the school bus driver shortage. Data shows that for every bus driver who resigns or retires, school districts and private contractors must find 2.5 applicants […]

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In order for my child to take her friends bus home in the afternoon do I need to write a note?

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes.

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One of your drivers said, it is Shen policy that students should not wait for their bus, during inclimate weather, in the family car. Is this true?

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Grapevine

A. There is no such policy as mentioned in your comments. What is required is for students to stand at their assigned bus stop where they are visible as the bus approach. Students need to dress appropriately for the weather. Students need to be visible to the bus driver for their own safety. We know from […]

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Why is it that we have under qualified bus drivers at the largest school district in the area. My busdriver just caused a collision by rear ending a parked car, if we can’t expect our busdrivers to get out of a parking lot without an accident how can we trust them on the road

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Thank you for sharing your concern with us. We do not agree that we have under qualified school bus drivers. School bus drivers receive 27 days of intense training bus in the classroom but more so on the roadway. We are very familiar with the accident you speak to. In this particular situation, and due to […]

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