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The Schalmont Central School District covers a geographic area of 75 square miles and operates 40 morning, 7 mid-day and 40 afternoon bus routes. Approximately 1,880 public school students as well as a variety of private/parochial students ride Schalmont buses daily.

Transportation Department News

In preparing for the 2016-2017 school year please be advised that the cards with bus pick up and drop off times will be mailed out on Monday, Aug. 29.

Please be assured that our staff is committed to providing all students with safe and reliable transportation to and from school and school related activities during this school year. If, at any time you have concerns or questions involving transportation, please do not hesitate to call me or any of our office staff and we will do our best to assist you.

Joe Hilts, Transportation Supervisor

 
To gain a better understanding of the district's transportation program and our expectations
and guidelines, please take some time to read and review our bus brochure. Download brochure [PDF]

Drivers wanted

Schalmont Central School Transportation Department is looking for qualified individuals who are interested in becoming school bus drivers. If you are 21 years of age, have a clean driving record, and love working with young people, then school bus driving may be for you! learn more

Transportation Requests

Copies of the form are available online or by calling (518) 356-1889. Download the 2016-17 Transportation Request Form [PDF].

Bus Safety

Rules for Students

  • The bus driver may assign seats.
  • Be courteous.
  • No profanity.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus; keep the bus clean.
  • Violence is prohibited.
  • Remain seated.
  • No smoking.
  • Keep your hands and head inside the bus.
  • Do not destroy property.
  • For everyone's safety, do not distract the driver through misbehavior.

Misbehavior on the Bus

Students who do not adhere to the bus rules will be subject to consequences at the discretion of their school principal. Depending on the circumstances, the student may be subject to removal from the bus for one to ten days, or permanently removed from the bus, subject to a formal hearing. Serious misbehavior on the bus may also be cause for punishment up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.

Download the district's transportation brochure for more helpful information regarding student expectations and procedures on the bus. Download brochure [PDF]

Expectations and disciplinary procedures

A committee of teachers, staff, parents and administrators came together to outlined expectations and disciplinary procedures for students using school bus transportation. Each student has an individual responsibility to help ensure the safety of all students on the bus by following the rules. Review the expectations and disciplinary procedures [PDF]. 

National School Bus Safety Week

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round... and then some. Of the 50 million American children who attend school each day, more than half (26 million) ride a yellow school bus to campus. That translates to a whole lot of wheels covering an immense swath of territory. According to the American School Bus Council, some 480,000 school buses log an estimated 5.76 billion miles each year. Learn more & view safety tips for students, parents & drivers

New York's school buses, drivers face rigorous standards

Until 1972, school busing in New York was a mostly unregulated enterprise. Although the state had driver training courses and programs dating back to the 1940s, there were no regulatory requirements for training. Anybody with a driver's license was qualified to get behind the wheel of a 15-ton bus. Learn more [PDF]

School Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

When Schalmont is forced to close or delay schools, or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, that information is communciated through a variety of ways, as outlined below. 

Delayed openings mean all schedules will be delayed either one or two hours. Bus pickups will be approximately one or two hours later than the orginally scheduled time. However, please continue to monitor all opening delays, as they could turn into school closings depending on the weather. No school breakfast will be served in the event of a two-hour delay.

Learn more about the process for determining a school closing or delay.

Procedures for Schenectady YMCA's Y-Time Program Housed at Jefferson
  • If there is a one hour delay, Y-Time will open at 8 a.m.
  • If there is a two-hour delay, Y-Time will open at 9 a.m.
  • If the district cancels all evening and afterschool activities/programming, Y-Time will close at 4 p.m.
  • If the school district closes early, Y-Time will remain open for one hour. (For example, if school closes at 1 p.m., Y-Time will close at 2 p.m.)

District website homepage and social media accounts

Visit the district website homepage, district Facebook page and/or the district Twitter account. Not yet a friend or follower? Visit us online today!

School News Notifier

Parents can also be notified by e-mail or text message by signing up for the closings/delays notification on the district's opt-in news service, School News Notifier. However, due to the volume of closing notifications sent and precautions put in place by the recipient's e-mail server, these notifications may not be received immediately. We encourage you to check the district website, social media accounts, and/or consult local media outlets--in addition to awaiting text or e-mail notification--to ensure that you and your child(ren) receive the information as soon as possible.

News Media

School closings are also announced on the following local TV and radio stations: Channel 6, Channel 10, Capital News 9, Channel 13, Fox 23, WGY (810 AM), WFLY (92.3 FM), WYJB (95.5 FM), and WRVE (99.5 FM), as well as the Times Union, and Daily Gazette.  

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district's ability to send electronic notifications. Emergency preparedness agencies have advised that residents have access to a battery-powered radio so that they can receive information if other communication channels are unavailable.

More Information
Joseph Hilts
Joseph Hilts
Transportation Supervisor
(518) 356-1889
Alternate Phone if No Answer Above: (518) 937-4049
jhilts@schalmont.net