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Yellow Bus Service Yellow bus service for field trips is provided to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Service for pre-kindergarten students is available from January to the second week of June of each school year. Students must be 4 years of age or older at the time of the trip. School personnel log in to the online field trip system to request, cancel, edit, or view transportation services. The following guidelines apply:
The buses used for field trips are the same buses that are used to bring students to and from school for their regular academic program. As a result, trips will not be scheduled on dates when the NYC public schools are closed (generally all federal holidays) or on the dates shown above when the public schools have half-day sessions.
When planning trips, please remember all buses must return to the school no later than 1:30 p.m. OPT will not provide round-trip yellow bus service for activities likely to delay return to school past 1:30 p.m. (including sporting events, Madison Square Garden, the Circus, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Radio City Music Hall, World Marina, Marco Polo/Spirit Cruises, Staten Island Ferry and Circle Line Tours). Schools may choose one-way OPT yellow bus service with other arrangements for the return trip. For those students who use buses only for field trips, classroom instruction covering the content of bus safety drills may be provided as an alternative to formal school bus drills in compliance with Section 3623 of the State Education Department and Revised Section 156.3(h) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
Public TransportationSchools can use Certificates For Free Transportation provided by New York City Transit to travel by subway to and from their field trip site between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or for return travel from a trip scheduled to arrive back at school later than 1:30 p.m. The certificates are valid only on the subway and can be obtained directly from OPT. E-mail MRock@schools.nyc.gov to request certificates.
Charter Bus Service
How to charter a coach-style or yellow bus.