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
11/09/15 - 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 updated article for more information. (301KB)
06/19/15 - The May CPI rate for calculating maximum possible increases for pupil transportation contract extensions in the 2015-2016 school year is - 0.1%.
The May, 2015 regional consumer price index for the NY, NY-Northeastern NJ area, based upon the index for the All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) during the preceding 12 month period was: negative .1 % (.001).
For purposes of extending your pupil transportation contracts, (not for cafeteria and restaurant services or mobile instructional units), contracts with a zero percent year to year increase will not be rejected by the Commissioner on the basis of the increased percentage.
04/08/15 - Parkway restrictions for school buses on Long Island.
If any school district transportation office or transportation operator has a question on what vehicles are permitted on the NYS Parkways in Region 10 (Suffolk and Nassau Counties) please call: New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation -
Long Island Region: (631) 669-1000.
They should be able to help you with any direction or guidance concerning this.
03/20/15 - Non-Allowable Pupil Decimal Preparation and Filing - State Aid Website
- 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 (PTSI)
10 Adler Drive, Suite 102
East Syracuse, New York 13057
Phone: 315-475-1386 or 1 800-836-2210