School Resources

Winter Weather Information

bus stop signDuring inclement weather months, OPT would like to ensure students are embarking and disembarking the bus in a safe place. Schools, bus students and parents are reminded that extra caution should be taken during this time of year.

Please take a moment and review this important information:
  • Dress appropriately for the colder weather. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may occur more frequently at this time of year. Students should wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing when waiting at the stop.

  • For some students, especially those who are medically fragile, extreme weather conditions may be health threatening. A parent/guardian should therefore keep this in mind as they make the decision as to whether or not a child should ride the school bus when low temperatures are prevalent.

  • Usually cold, icy, or stormy weather can result in bus schedules being unavoidably delayed. We encourage parents to use extra caution with children on those days. Children should be accompanied to the bus stop or have very clear instructions on what to do if the bus does not arrive. Never leave children at the stop with no backup arrangements for an emergency.

  • A build-up of ice and snow can create a safety hazard for children waiting at the bus stop. Emphasize the importance of standing back from the curb as the bus approaches the stop.

  • Snow drifts or ice frequently make it impractical to put the bus lift down in front of the child’s residence. The bus crew must ensure that the student is completely on clear-and-dry pavement, where possible. Parents/guardians should discuss with the bus crew the best place to pick up and drop off a student who uses a wheelchair or an ambulatory aid.

  • We recommend students using the steps of the bus to hold onto handrails to embark and disembark the bus in an orderly fashion. No running, jumping, pushing or shoving.

  • Never exit the bus into a snow bank. If the bus stops and the child is unable to get out due to the exit being blocked by snow, tell the driver that the path is not clear.

  • Do not walk/play on snow mounds or ice near roadways; you could fall and slip into the roadway and be at risk of being struck by a vehicle.

Public, non-public and pre-K school personnel and administration can use the links below and in the Key Documents section to access applications, forms and Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) policy and procedure information.

Search School and Student Information

Schools can use the OPT School and Student Transportation Search  to search for school and student information. 

  • Choose the School Transportation Information search to see a school's session times, yellow bus and MetroCard information.
  • Choose the Student Transportation Information search to see a student's information. You will need to enter the student's 9-digit student ID number and date of birth in order to view this information. For a general education student, you can see information that includes session times, scheduled morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times, bus stop locations and bus company information. For a special education student you can see session times, route number and bus company information.

 To view detailed route and stop information for your school, log in to the school and route information application.

View school bus delays and breakdowns to check routes that service your school. Scroll down to check Pre-K routes.

View bus route status to see completed routes.

View pre-K bus route status to see completed pre-K routes.

School Calendar and Session Time Information

View the  NYC public schools calendar.

View the non-public schools calendar. 

Non-public school administrators can log in to the non-public schools calendar system to edit their school's information. Schools must keep calendar information up-to-date so that OPT knows when to provide busing for the students. 

NYC public schools submit their session times via the Public School Session Time System.

ATS and NPSIS Transportation Information

OPT depends on accurate data to provide services to students and schools. Automate the Schools (ATS) and Non-Public Schools Information System (NPSIS) data is used by both schools and OPT to manage transportation services for students.

Click the links below to access information to assist you in managing several key functions performed regularly in schools.

Guide for Receiving and Distributing Student MetroCards
Requirements for Program Exception MetroCards

ATS Workbook
NPSIS Transportation Practices and Procedures Guide
ATS MetroCard Practices and Procedures 

4 P.M. and After Busing Information
NPSIS MetroCard Practices and Procedures

Training and Support
Transportation workshops for public school and charter school staff using ATS are held at OPT headquarters in Long Island City. Workshops are structured to assist anyone assigned to handle transportation issues in their school. Support for staff using NPSIS is provided upon request.

Information Schools Can Provide to Parents
School staff can access forms and information to give to parents and guardians in the Key Documents section. Translations of some information for parents and guardians is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.

Conduct on School Buses
The school bus student incident report is designed to assist school bus drivers and escorts in reporting issues of student misconduct. In the event of an incident, the bus driver or escort will provide a copy of the report, with a specific control number, to the school of the student concerned. Public schools enter the complaint into the Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS). The Department of Education has produced this guide for schools to help teach appropriate behavior on school buses. If behavior becomes inappropriate on the school bus, schools should refer to this guide.

Pedestrian Safety Around the School
Student and street safety are primarily the responsibility of the Department of Education’s Office of School Safety, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  In order to promote safe walking to schools, the Department of Transportation's  Safe Routes to Schools program features a school safety map for each elementary and intermediate school having an enrollment of 250 students or more. Each map shows the roadway network, school locations and traffic safety infrastructure, including designated school crosswalks where school children are recommended to cross.

School crossing guards are provided by the NYPD.  Principals who would like crossing guards should contact the commanding officer of their local precinct and ask if the precinct can provide a guard. The DOE asks that principals please understand that it is difficult for the NYPD to provide as many guards as are requested each year and also, more generally, to understand that crossing guards are trained only to help children cross the street and are not able to assist schools with other matters like directing traffic and issuing tickets. 

Walking to School
While OPT is charged with providing transportation by yellow bus and public transit for all students in New York City, we support the City’s initiative to have as many children walk to school as possible.  OPT and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) would be happy to help schools design walking programs to their school. More information, resource guides and promotional materials are available from NYC's Department of Transportation. Another good site with information about walking to school is the New Zealand Department of Transportation. If you would like more information about promoting walking to school, including the creation of a Walking School Bus, please contact your school’s Transportation Account Manager or OPT.