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 dropoff 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 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.

Requests for Special Transportation

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

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

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.

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. 

The Application for Transportation to Non-Public Schools is available at District Office or you can request it by email

The deadline for Valley Central School District residents to file a transportation request form for the 2021-2022 school year to transport a child to a certified childcare provider licensed pursuant to Social Services Law, Section 390, which is outside the school’s attendance area is April 1, 2021. This form may be requested and returned by email or picked up from and returned to the Administration Office.