Transportation

As long as your child is enrolled in the district, a bus will automatically be assigned, even if they were totally remote for last school year. 

Requests for Alternate Pick Up/Drop Off During School Year

An alternate pick-up/drop-off is identified as any request for transportation to or from an address that is not the home address identified in SchoolTool for a given student.  If there is shared custody, an Alternate Pickup/Drop-off form must be filled out for the second residence.
Pursuant to Section 3635(1) of the Education Law, all requests for special transportation outside of the student’s school attendance zone are due to the District Office no later than April 1st of the previous year. 
A certified Day Care must be used for any request outside of the student’s school attendance zone.
USE THIS FORM IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDS VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOLS
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The Application to Request Alternate Pick Up/Drop Off for 2021-2022 is available by Google Form.

The Application to Request Alternate Pick Up/Drop Off for 2022-2023 is available by Google Form.

Other Guidelines for Alternate Pickup or Drop-off –New for 2022-2023
  • Alternate pickup/drop-off requests must be consistent week to week.  For example, if a pick up and/or drop-off is requested for a different address on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it must be the same for every Tuesday and Thursday. 
  • There must be room on the bus being requested.
  • Once an alternate pickup/drop-off is completed, the only other change allowed for the current school year would be in the case of moving into a new home within the district or back to the legal home address. 
  • Only one change per year is allowed. 

Requests for Transportation to a Private School

Pursuant to Section 3635(1) of the Education Law, all requests for  transportation are due to the District Office by April 1st of the preceding school year or within 30 days of moving into the district.

For Non-Public Transportation, a current proof of address must accompany the request for transportation each year.

All students living in the Valley Central School District, whether attending private or public schools, must be registered through the district’s Registrar’s office. If you have a new student, you must contact the Registrar’s office at 845-457-2400 x18130. We can not process your request for transportation until the Registrar has verified your child’s information.

Valley Central will provide transportation for pupils enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who live more than two miles from the school they attend and pupils enrolled in grades 9-12 who live more than three miles from the school they attend up to a distance of 15 miles. 

DO NOT USE THIS FORM IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDS VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOLS.  USE THE FORM FOR ALTERNATE PICK UP/DROP OFF.

The Application for Transportation to Non-Public Schools for 2022-2023  is available by Google Form.  

Failure to submit this form by April 1st of the previous year or within 30 days of moving into the district may result in the loss of your transportation privileges.

Residency Verification

In order to provide private school students access to public school materials and services, and to ensure compliance with state regulations and mandates, the district is required to receive an annual verification of residency from each “no busing” student.  If your student does not have a District ID number, please contact our Registrar at 845-457-2400 x18130. A District ID number is required in order to participate in any of these programs.  Please fill out the below form to verify residency for the 2022-2023 school year.

VCSD VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY FOR STUDENTS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE TRANSPORTATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR


VCSD Transportation Policies and Procedures

It is important for the Valley Central School District to know the whereabouts of every child within our care, therefore, students will only be permitted on the bus they are assigned unless they have a bus pass that can be obtained from their school’s main office.

The pickup and drop-off times allow for a ten (10) minute window. Students should be outside waiting for the arrival of the bus at least five (5) minutes prior to their scheduled time.  Students should not be waiting inside their homes.  No driver, under any circumstances, is allowed to blow horns or wait.

  • Parents or guardians must be at the stop waiting for the arrival of Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and Special Needs students. If a parent is not present, students will be brought back to their school. If a parent or guardian is not planning to be present to receive their child, the Transportation Department must be notified in writing with the name of the authorized person who will receive the child.
  • Only the Valley Central School District has the right to add or change bus stops. Bus drivers are not authorized to do so.
  • Please contact the District’s transportation office directly for any transportation questions and concerns at (845) 457-2400 ext 18115.  (If you need to reach the bus company outside of the District’s normal business hours, you may contact First Student at (845) 895-2463.)
  • No one is permitted to “run down” a bus. If your child misses the bus at their stop, they may not board the bus at a different stop.
  • Students are expected to display safe and positive behavior at all times while on the bus.
  •  Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right.

POST SESSION TRANSPORTATION

Post Session buses are provided by the District for High School and Middle School Students.

  • High School:  Monday – Thursday
  • Middle School:  Tuesday – Thursday

A bus pass is required in order for a student to board a post session route.

HIGH SCHOOL

High School students staying post session will utilize the corresponding Middle School route.  For instance, if the student’s assigned bus is High School Route 10, their Middle School bus will be Middle School Route 10.  Students that ride HS ROUTE 31- HS ROUTE 34 have different Middle School bus numbers and should contact the High School front office for their post session bus information.  High School Students must acquire a pass and board the Middle School buses by 2:55 PM as buses will not be held in wait.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School post session routes leave the Middle School at approximately 4:15 PM  These buses make area stops.  Students may be dropped off further from home than their regular routes.  

The district runs three (3) Middle School Post Session buses as follows: 

  • Newburgh/ Maybrook
  • Montgomery
  • Walden
Middle School Post-Session Routes

Use the following Chart to determine which of the three buses a middle school student would take for post-session. 
(For example, if a student rides ROUTE 01 to school, they would take WALDEN for post-session)

ROUTE 01-take WALDEN
ROUTE 02-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 03-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 04-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 05-See School Staff
ROUTE 06-See School Staff
ROUTE 07-See School Staff
ROUTE 08-take WALDEN
ROUTE 09-take WALDEN
ROUTE 10-take WALDEN
ROUTE 11-take WALDEN
ROUTE 12-take WALDEN
ROUTE 13-take WALDEN
ROUTE 14-See School Staff
ROUTE 15-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 16-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 17-See School Staff
ROUTE 18-See School Staff
ROUTE 19-take NEWBURGH/MAYBROOK
ROUTE 20-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 21-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 22-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 23-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 24-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 25-See School Staff
ROUTE 26-take WALDEN
ROUTE 27-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 28-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 29-take MONTGOMERY
ROUTE 30-take MONTGOMERY

ATHLETIC BUSES

Athletic Buses are scheduled to leave the High School at 5:30 PM.  Students must be actively involved with a scheduled sport in order to utilize these buses.  There are two Athletic buses to cover the district, therefore, buses most likely will drop students further out from their original stop.  As with Middle School Post Session buses, timing is contingent on who boards the buses on a given day.  

Athletic buses are intended as a matter of convenience for families.  The district’s intention is to provide a stop closer to the student’s home than would be if pick up had to be made at the school itself.  However, it is the family’s responsibility to get the student from the stop to the home.  In addition, there may be a need to cross students in areas that other buses may not cross.