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As we prepare for hotter weather it is important for schools and parents to note the capacity and limits of school bus air conditioning systems: Climate control systems on school buses are only capable of cooling a vehicle to approximately 15-20 degrees below the outside temperature, therefore, if it is 100 degrees outside, the bus can only be expected to cool to about 80 degrees. For some students who are medically fragile and/or sensitive to temperature changes, it may be in the student’s best interest not to ride on extremely hot days. The decision of whether a student rides or not (as with extremely cold temperatures as well) will remain with the principal and/or the parent. We have sent a memo to all bus companies so that they will ensure operability of their vehicles, vents, cooling and, when necessary, students with severe issues can be moved closer to the front if that part of the bus is cooler.
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 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
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.
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 SchoolWhile 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.