Letter from the Transportation Supervisor
Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are pleased to be transporting your child to and from school this year.  We are very proud of the safety record of our school buses and the professionalism of our transportation team.

LACS school buses travel over 275,000 miles every year. We transport approximately 1,000 students every day. Our commitment to safety is second to none. Our buses are inspected by a DOT inspector biannually. Our transportation staff is a highly trained group of professionals that includes 14 regular route drivers, 2 special need drivers with 2 attendants, 2 mechanics, and 11 sub drivers and attendants. We encourage you to use our school bus transportation as it is the safest transportation for your children.

Please help us ensure your child’s safety by following these simple but important procedures:
•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. Long drawstrings or other dangling items should be removed from clothing as they could get snagged in the bus door as the child gets off the bus.
•Make sure your child arrives at the designated bus stop five minutes early each day. Children who are late for the bus may panic and chase it, or run into the road.
•Insist that your child wait for the bus safely in an orderly fashion, back from the roadway. Behavior problems at the bus stop can create hazardous conditions for children.
•When the bus arrives, your child should wait for the bus driver’s signal before boarding. Children should board in single file.
•Teach your child to sit quietly on the ride to and from school. Behavior problems could distract the bus driver and result in an accident.

It is important that our drivers are able to concentrate on driving the route safely. If anything makes your child feel unsafe at the bus stop or on the bus ride, please contact us at the transportation department, rather than trying to discuss it at the bus stop.

To be eligible for transportation, the Board of Education Eligibility Policy requires you live the following distances from school:
Grades K-3 more than ½ mile
Grades 4-6 more than ¾ mile
Grades 7-12 more than 1 mile

If you are eligible for transportation and are not presently assigned a route, please fill out a transportation request form which you may pick up and drop off at any of the school offices. Every student/family signed up for transportation should receive a postcard identifying their bus route, driver, morning pick up and afternoon drop off time.  Please call me at 376-7212 if you have not received this information or have any questions regarding transportation.

We are deeply committed to the safety of your child as well as all of our community’s children.

Thank you!

Amy L. Green
Transportation Supervisor
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Lowville Academy
and Central School