NCSD & Ridge Road Express

NCSD Director of Transportation:  Mr. Bart Schuler
Phone:  716-778-6855
Ridge Road Express Director:  Mrs. Jodi Zastrow
Phone:  716-778-8333 

Excellence, Equity and Environment
 
School Bus  
Quick Facts
  • Parents should know your child's bus number and pick up and drop off times
  • Student bus evacuation drills are conducted each year in the fall
  • School buses may be equipped with video cameras
  • NCSD buses travel approximately 3,337 miles daily
  • Riding on the school bus is a privilege
 
 General Rules
  • Students will be picked up and dropped off at their assigned stops.
  • The bus driver may assign seats to students.
 Safety Practices
  • Students need to practice caution in bus loading zones (e.g., no running, games, etc.).
  • No glass items, live animals, or dangerous objects can be transported on the school bus.
  • Rain jackets and boots are preferred rather than umbrellas for safety reasons.
  • At the secondary levels, please remind parents and other drivers to stay out of bus loops and use appropriate student entrances to reduce congestion in bus loops.
Students' Responsibilities 
  • Wait for the bus ten minutes before stop time.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and doors open before approaching the bus.
  • Use the handrail up the steps.
  • Sit in assigned seat for the entire trip.
  • Sit in seat facing forward, feet on the floor, and talk in a normal tone of voice.
  • Follow the driver's directions promptly.
 Bus Discipline
  • The principal or designee at the school will address referrals from bus drivers according to the Code of Conduct.
  • Severe disruptions and dangerous behavior may result in loss of bus privileges.
  • All Code of Conduct rules apply while students are on the bus.
Parent Responsibilities
  • Make sure your child knows his or her bus number, what stop to get off at, home address and phone number.
  • Make sure your child knows the safety practices and expected behavior.
  • Adults must be present and visible to meet children from grades four and down.  If an adult is not present to meet the child(ren), Ridge Road Express will deliver them back to the district at the end of the bus run and the school will attempt to make contact with parents, guardians, and emergency contacts for the child(ren) to be picked up.  Repeated offenses may lead to CPS reports and contact with local authorities.
  • Notify the school of any changes to contact information as soon as possible.
  • Have children ready for bus pick up ten minutes before estimated time and ten minutes after.  With many variables (e.g., road conditions, number of children riding bus, etc.), bus times are never exact.
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