Office of Transportation
The Office of Transportation has over 40 staff members, including bus drivers, monitors, mechanics and office staff.
Acting Director of Transportation
Ms. Darien Knapp
E-mail Ms. Knapp
Phone: (315) 781-4185 ext. 6100
335 Gambee Road
Geneva, NY 14456
Main office: (315) 781-4185
Fax: (315) 781-7026
Office hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays
School transportation is subject to state and local policies, including the following:
New York State Education Department Regulation 35:18
A district may require children in grades kindergarten through 8 to walk a distance of up to two miles, and children in grades nine through 12 to walk a distance of up to three miles from their homes to their schools.
Geneva City School Board Policy #5720 Scheduling and Routing
Transportation will be available for all kindergarten students. Kindergarten students who reside within 0.5 mile from the school they attend may ride the school bus. Bus pickup stations for kindergartners will be located 0.5 mile from school. Transportation will be provided for students in grades 1 through 5 who reside more than 0.9 mile from the school they attend, and all students sixth through 12th grade who reside more than 1.5 miles from the school they attend. Transportation for students with disabilities not covered by the above will be provided upon written request of the school physician, the Committee on Special Education and in accordance with law. Such cases will be reviewed annually. Transportation will be maintained on a regularly scheduled basis. The schedule for pickup and drop off must be consistent throughout the week.
Geneva City School Board Policy #7340 Bus Rules and Regulations
The Geneva City School District furnishes transportation to those students whose disability or distances from the school make the service essential. Riding these buses is a privilege and may be withdrawn if the student does not comply with the rules and regulations set forth in this district. Students riding school buses are expected to conform to the rules of conduct in order to permit the bus driver to transport passengers safely. The board of education, the superintendent and/or designee have the authority to suspend the transportation privileges of children who are disorderly and insubordinate on buses. In these cases, the parents/guardians of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their children get to and from school safely. Bus drivers shall be held responsible for reasonable and acceptable behavior of students while riding the school bus.
Extension of the School Day
Bus transportation is regarded as an extension of the regular school day. The bus ride is a situation in which strict observance of rules is necessary to insure the safety of those who ride the bus. Standards of behavior and respect for others, which are expected in school, are also expected on all buses at all times. School buses are equipped with video and audio surveillance equipment to monitor safety during the bus ride.
Bus times, routing and stop locations will become consistent several days into the school year; bus schedules are subject to change. Times the first week of school may fluctuate approximately 15 minutes; by the second week pickup and drop-off times should be consistent. Once consistency is established, please have your child at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
Address and Temporary Changes
- To avoid confusion and the possibility of misplacing or missing students, the following will apply:
- Transportation changes for the new school year must be received by Aug. 1. Transportation requests for address and child care changes received after Aug. 1 may not be processed until the second full week of school and are subject to existing routes.
- There will be no temporary changes in the pickup and drop off of students. All students will be required to ride the bus that they are assigned and all pickup and drop offs will be at their assigned stops.
- Address and day care changes must be processed through the student’s school. The school will then notify transportation of the change and a two to three day processing period will follow.
- Parents and guardians will be notified by transportation when the change is processed. Transportation will provide details of bus number and approximate times.
- Transportation will be maintained on a regularly scheduled basis. The schedule for pickup and drop off must be consistent; fluctuating schedules will not be accommodated.
- Emergency consideration will be allowed if authorized by a school official or transportation director.
Bus Safety Rules
- A parent or guardian must meet the bus to receive a kindergarten or Head Start student. Kindergarten and Head Start students will not be left with a neighbor, sitter, or sibling unless a drop-off permission slip is on file with transportation. If a responsible party does not meet the bus at the drop-off location the child will be taken back to school and the parent or guardian will be responsible for picking up the child from school.
- Color-coded bus cards are issued for Head Start students; the names of parents, guardians, or responsible adult are listed on the bus card. This card must be presented to the bus driver EVERY time the bus arrives at the drop-off location. If a responsible party does not meet the bus at the drop-off location, the child will be taken back to school and the parent or guardian will be responsible for picking up the child from school.
- Parents and guardians are responsible for assisting students in safely traveling to and from the bus stop.
- Parents and guardians are responsible for assisting student in safely traveling to and from school if the child is not eligible for transportation, if the student misses the bus, or if the child is suspended from the bus.
- Parents and guardians are not permitted to approach a bus during the loading or unloading process in the bus loop at school. If a need exists to get a message to the driver or get a child off the bus; communication must go through the school office.
- Parents and guardians are not permitted to board the school bus for any reason; unless prior authorization is granted by a school administrator. The district reserves the right to file appropriate charges with local law enforcement.
- Children should arrive at the bus stop five minutes early every day. Children who are late for the bus may panic and chase the bus or run into the road.
- 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. Dangling items could get snagged in the bus door as the child gets off the bus; they should be removed from clothing
- Insist that your child wait for the bus safely and in an orderly fashion back at least 15 feet from the roadway. Behavior problems at the bus stop can cause hazardous conditions for students
- Students should be visible to the driver; if the driver does not see the student(s) after stopping, the bus shall not wait.
- Students are expected to quickly board the bus without stalling. If the bus driver believes students are purposely delaying boarding the bus, the driver shall give the student(s) a warning and notify the Transportation Office. If the behavior continues, the bus shall not wait for the student(s).
- If a student misses the bus the district shall not alter any bus route to pick up the student.
- When the bus arrives your child should wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing the street or boarding the bus. Children should board in single file.
- Geneva City School District does not transport medication.
- Large objects, skateboards, skis, pets, and glass are examples of objects not allowed on school buses.
- Parents and guardians are responsible to pay for repairs and replacement of school property caused by vandalism or theft.
Geneva Transportation is very proud of the safety record of our school buses and the professionalism of our transportation team. Geneva City School District transportation officials request your help in making children aware of the safety measures necessary both on and off the school buses.