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Restoration of 7th and 8th Grade Busing


What is the restoration of 7th and 8th grade busing?

Yellow school bus service generally is not available to students in New York City above the sixth grade. Prior to the 2010-11 school year, however, variances supported 7th and 8th grade busing through the 2009-10 school year in most, but not all, Staten Island schools and for students living in particular areas for a small number of schools in Brooklyn District 21 (south Brooklyn and Coney Island), Queens District 25 (College Point), and Queens District 27 (the Rockaways and Breezy Point). Recent "wind back the clock" legislation now permits the DOE to restore busing to the 7th and 8th graders attending schools that had received busing service in school year 2009-10 based on these variances.

If your school did not have have busing due to this variance in school year 2009-10, or you do not live in the designated areas of Brooklyn or Queens mentioned above, you are not eligible for the restoration of 7th and 8th grade busing.

What schools are covered by the restoration of 7th and 8th grade busing?

There are fifty-eight (58) schools covered. Click the link below to see a list of schools with busing due to these variances in 2009-10.
List of schools covered by the restoration of 7th and 8th grade busing

If I attend one of these schools, my school has GE busing, I live in one of the areas covered, and I am in 7th or 8th grade, do I get busing?

Only if you satisfy the following criteria:
  1. For public schools, you must live in the same district as your school; for non-public schools, you must live within the borough.
  2. You live at least 1.5 miles or more from your school.
  3. You live in proximity to an existing bus stop or a new stop can be created on a route that is not over five miles in length when measured through all the stops on the route. 
  4. You attend a school and live in a designated area previously covered by the variance.

How will I get assigned to a bus stop?
For September of the 2012-13 school year, OPT will assign all eligible 7th and 8th grade students in the approved schools to an appropriate bus stop. After September 2012 and in subsequent years the school will be responsible for assigning eligible students to stops.