Tag: Transportation

I noticed the cameras on the busses and I noticed that they had a curved line of lights that were lit up,does this mean that the camera is on only when the lights are on?Also please show us how good the microphones are on the cameras.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Those questions will not be answered for security reasons.

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Hello. I believe that the busses at HSW after school need to wait longer for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Today after school my locker was not opening and it took many tries. By the time I had opened it the buses had started to leave. By the time I made it outside all the buses in the front line going to the back of HSE were gone. I was forced to either call my parents to pick me up or take a bus at the back circle that goes to the front of HSE. When doing this I made my bus on time, but imagine having your bus towards the front (first to leave) at the back of HSE. I would have missed my bus had it been one of the first to leave. This issue needs to be adjusted. Students at HSW need to have time at their lockers in order to get their things packed. I have frequently left binders at school with my studying materials just to make a bus. I do, however, understand that the principals do not want students hanging out by lockers just like in the morning, as this causes fights. On a normal day, I do have to run in order to catch a bus in the front line, specifically one in the very front.

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The High School West/East  shuttle buses have been leaving High School West consistently at 2:47 pm each day according to our GPS data.   That gives the students adequate time to gather their belongings and catch the shuttle bus to High School East.

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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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