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Frequently asked questions

Q. If Guilderland Schools are closed for a recess day and my child's private/parochial school is open, will we still receive transportation?

A. Under New York State education law and Guilderland Central School District policy, the school district does not have to provide transportation to private/parochial schools when district schools are closed. However, the district must provide transportation to and from a special needs
school location or program if the parent(s) request transportation.                                                                                                                                            

Q. If Guilderland Central School District is on an opening delay, how does that affect my child's transportation to private/parochial school?

A. If Guilderland is on a one- or two-hour delay, your child will be picked up one or two hours beyond their normal pick-up time. For example, if the regular pick-up time is at 7:30 a.m., and there is a one-hour delay the student would be picked up at 8:30 a.m.                                                     

Q. If Guilderland Schools are open and running on time, but my child's private/parochial school or BOCES program is opening on a delay, how does that affect my child's transportation?

A. Guilderland provides transportation to private/parochial schools and/or BOCES programs based on each individual school's delayed opening time. For example, if a child is attending a special education program in the Schalmont School District, and Schalmont Schools are delayed two hours due to inclement weather, that child will be picked up by Guilderland transportation two hours later than the regular boarding

Q. How is the "15-mile limit" determined for my child's private/parochial school transportation?

A. Students who request transportation to and from their private/parochial schools must live within 15 miles of the school. The "15 mile limit" begins at the end of the student's driveway/pick-up location and runs to the front door of the student's private/parochial school.

Q. How will I be notified of my child's transportation to his/her private/parochial school?

A. Parents will receive a letter from the transportation department with their child's bus number, location and approximate pick-up and drop-off times usually by the end of August.

Q. Are school buses allowed to turn right on red?

A. If a school bus is transporting children, it is illegal for it to turn right on red.

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