State Education Department has oversight responsibility for school district
provision of pupil transportation services to resident pupils attending public
and nonpublic schools. Approximately 2.3 million pupils, or ten percent of
the nation’s pupils, ride our 50,000 school buses each day. The 2008-09 statewide
cost of services is approximately $2.8 billion with state aid of $1.5 billion.
The Department processes 5,400 contracts and extensions annually
for the delivery of services by private contractors. District owned school
buses provide approximately half of all services and private school bus contractors
provide the other half.
The Department also has jurisdiction over the qualifications for hiring school bus drivers, monitors and attendants. It has established in regulation specific safety training requirements which help insure safe transportation for all pupils. The Department administers the School Bus Driver Safety Training Program which uses 1,000 School Bus Driver Instructors to provide school bus drivers, monitors and attendants with a comprehensive introduction to safety training and annual refresher training.
News & Notes
02/12/15 - The Office of Pupil Transportation at NYSED would like to thank two leaders in the Pupil Transportation field for drafting this article on the dangers of dragging incidents, where children are caught in school bus doors, and carried for a distance. This poses a great risk to the children you transport, and we urge all of those responsible for pupil transportation to engage in training to prevent further incidents. Please read this article for more information. (312KB)
07/02/14 - Master Instructor Preparation Program
06/17/14 - The May 2014 CPI for the 2014-2015 school year contract extensions is 1.9%.
06/18/13 - The C.P.I. used for contract extensions for the 2013-2014 school year is 1.4%
11/13/12 - Preparing an SED File Review - An online training webinar on “Preparing for an SED File Review” recorded on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 is now available.
1.) Preparing for an SED File Review - A PowerPoint Presentation (2,610KB)
2.) SED File Checklist
3.) Tips For Keeping Paperwork Under Control (938KB)
- All requests for NPO, NPC, and PIRP room approvals.
- Certificates for school bus driver, monitor and attendant - Basic and Advanced Courses of Instruction.
- Requests for lost certificates.
- MV 104F for school bus accidents (the NY State Education Department copy).
Should be sent to:
Pupil Transportation Safety Institute
10 Adler Drive, Suite 102
East Syracuse, New York 13057
Phone: 315-475-1386 or 1 800-836-2210
03/22/11 - Non-Allowable Pupil Decimal Preparation and Filing - State Aid Website
10/20/10 - Regional Transportation Pilot Study (25KB)
03/03/09 - Requirements for Student School Bus Safety Drills. School districts are required to conduct training and three (3) safety drills for all students at prescribed times during each school year. The superintendent certifies to SED that the instruction and drills have been conducted for all pupils.