Transportation Return To In-Person Instruction
October 29, 2020
Dear Island Park Families,
The Transportation Department has completed routing all the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students for their return to in-person instruction, five (5) days per week. In order to safely transport students to and from school we had to re-route a few families based upon the capacity of the buses. Based upon our survey results, approximately 40% of our families have opted-out of transportation for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. To date, all of the elementary buses, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, are now at full capacity and cannot accommodate any additional students. As a reminder, if the Transportation Department receives too many requests to opt back in during the school year, the district may need to move back to the hybrid model of instruction.
If you opted to have your child use bus transportation, please be aware that in addition to the District school bus safety rules outlined in the Island Park Schools transportation code of conduct, NYSED mandated guidelines must be followed at all times.
These mandates are as follows:
• Parents of all students must complete the required health screening at home prior to students boarding the bus.
• Students are required to wear masks while riding school buses. If your child does not have a mask, one will be provided for them. As a reminder, no eating or drinking is permitted on the school bus.
• The District must reduce density on the school buses. The District will assign seats and students may not change their seat without permission from the Island Park Transportation Department. Drivers are not permitted to assign and/or change student’s seats.
• As a density reduction strategy, the district will seat one student per row, all students wearing masks. (Source: National council on school facilities and cooperative strategies). This results in approximately 22 students on a 66-passenger bus.
• Siblings or those that live in the same household are allowed to sit together which may increase density on the bus.
• Use of hand sanitizer on the bus will be permitted. Students may bring their own personal-sized (8oz) bottle and sanitizer will also be available on the bus. No sharing of personal hand sanitizers is permitted.
• Due to the regulations during this pandemic, students will not be permitted to change their bus assignments. No alternate stops will be permitted. All students must use their assignment for the trip to and from school.
Please call (516) 434-2607/08 with any questions regarding your child’s transportation.
Mrs. Kelly Angelo, Transportation Supervisor
99 Radcliffe Road
Island Park, New York 11558
Transportation Application Private and Parochial School Students
To the Parents/Guardians of Private and Parochial School Students:
Residents of the Island Park School District with children that will be attending a private or parochial school during the 2020-2021 school year, must submit a transportation application to the Transportation Department on or before April 1, 2020. Island Park residents must use our application as we will not accept any private/parochial school’s applications. An application is enclosed with this letter. It is also posted on the District’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us and copies may be picked up at the Transportation Office. The top of the form must be completely filled out by a parent/guardian. The application must then be completed and verified by the school the student is attending. Please do not delay in submitting this form, a delay in response from the school will not change a missed deadline.
FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF APRIL 1, 2020 WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING INELIGIBLE FOR DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR. IN THOSE CASES, THE COST AND THE ARRRANGMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION WILL REST WITH THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
Please be advised that enrolling a student in a school after the April 1st deadline does not constitute a reasonable excuse for the failure to submit a timely transportation request to our office. If you are awaiting acceptance from a school(s), you should complete an application prior to the April 1st deadline for each school that your child might attend. Transportation authorization is not automatic or continuous from one school year to the next. A request must be filled out for each individual child, each school year. (Example: If 4 children in the household are attending, then you must submit 4 applications each year). All new residents and students who move within the Island Park School District must prove residency. Mrs. Paula Di Lorenzo can be reached at (516) 434-2618 if you have any questions concerning the registration procedures.
Transportation is not provided for schools over 15 miles from the student’s home. It is understood that transportation will not be provided on the following days: Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. In addition, each general election day and any day appointed by the President of the United States or by the Governor of New York may be declared public holidays. There will be no bus service for orientation days that are prior to the Island Park School District’s opening date. If the Island Park School District is closed for inclement weather, there will be no transportation provided for any school and that will include any private/parochial schools. If the District is operating on a delayed opening schedule all schools will be on this delay. School closing information can be found on the District website, Facebook page and Channel 12 News. Please refer to the District calendar for further information. If you have any questions, please contact this office at (516) 434-2607/2608.
Mrs. Kelly Angelo
See application: Application for School Transportation 2020-21
Transportation Message - Special Education Schools, Private and Parochial High Schools
Special Education Schools, Private and Parochial High Schools
Religious Holidays: If the district's school year is underway, but it is closed for Jewish holidays, the district transports students to their respective schools as usual.
Inclement Weather Only:
Island Park Schools Closed: If the Island Park Schools are closed, no bus transportation is provided by the district to any other schools. Parents and Guardians are responsible for taking their child to school. Generally, if you cannot take your child to school, the school designates the day a legal absence. However, this can vary from school to school.
Island Park Schools Delayed Opening: If the Island Park Schools has a delayed opening, you must add the number of hours in the delay to the usual pick-up time. In other words, if your child takes an 8:15 AM bus; it will arrive at 10:15 AM in the event of a 2-hr delayed opening or 11:15 AM in the event of a 3-Hr delayed opening. Note: the delayed pick-up is based on the number of hours announced by Island Park Schools and not that of any other school or district. Also, dismissal time remains the same as always.