The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District’s fleet of roughly 40 vehicles travel more than 5,600 miles a day, providing transportation to district students, as well as students from the district that attend private schools and out-of-district programs.
Important Transportation Information for the 2022-2023 School Year
Please read this information carefully as it contains important information regarding transportation for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions, please contact our Transportation Department at Transportation@RCSCSD.org or at (518) 756-5241.
Additional details regarding transportation will be shared as we get closer to the beginning of school.
Guidelines for transportation this year will be as follows:
Buses will return to regular seating capacity for the 22-23 school year.
We are encouraging all students to return to the bus transportation provided by RCS.
Windows will continue to be open to increase air circulation (weather permitting).
Families will be receiving their student’s pick-up location and estimated time via email and mail later in the summer, please note that this time may change as we continue to evaluate and determine our required resources for a successful year. Please have your student ready to board the bus 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. If changes are made, families will be notified. Bus route information is now available on our website here: https://www.rcscsd.org/page/bus-routes
Students attending out-of-district programs will receive a call from The Office for Student Support & Special Education regarding pick-up and drop-off times in early August.
In-District Dismissal Times & Bus Options for the 2022-2023 School Year:
Dismissal for students begins at 3:20 p.m., Mon. - Thur., and at 2:50 p.m. on Fridays and any day before an official school recess day.
Note: Parents will need to come into the main office to sign their child out for afternoon pick-up.
Middle & High School:
Regular Dismissal begins at 2:02 p.m.
Enrichment (10th Period) Dismissal: 2:40 p.m. - does not run on Friday
5:00 p.m. buses - do not run on Friday
Students may occasionally ride a bus other than their own. Parents must provide a written note or confirm the request by phone call to the school’s main office no later than one (1) hour prior to dismissal. The main office will provide the student with a pass, and students are required to give the driver a pass to board the bus.
Transportation to Childcare Location Request
Families who need bus transportation to or from a childcare or alternate location for the 2022-23 school year are asked to complete a Transportation to Childcare Location Request Form (click here to access) at the beginning of each school year, by August 1, or as soon as the change is known (see below for more details).
Transportation will be provided to childcare locations for Grades Pre-K through 8, subject to these guidelines:
Written requests for service must be submitted on Transportation Request for Childcare Location Form by August 1st each year. Late forms cannot be guaranteed transportation for the beginning of the school year.
Requests for transportation to childcare locations for elementary students must be within the child’s school catchment area. For example, students from A.W. Becker can only be transported to a childcare location within A.W. Becker’s catchment area.
Multiple childcare locations over the course of each week will not be accepted. The pick-up location and drop-off location may be different addresses but cannot differ from day to day.
Changes of childcare locations will not be accepted from August 15 through to the third Monday of September.
Requests must be renewed each school year and for summer school/programs.
Any permanent change during the school year, should be submitted at least five days in advance and be made on the request form.
Once the change is processed you will receive an email of acknowledgement.
If you have any questions regarding childcare transportation, please contact the transportation department at (518)756-5241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mail, fax, or email the required form to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Transportation Office by August 1:
Address: 2025 US Route 9W, Ravena, NY 12143 Attn: Transportation
Telephone: (518) 756-5241
Transportation to Private & Charter Schools
In order to obtain transportation to private or charter schools outside of RCS, parents must complete the Out-of-District Transportation Request Form by April 1 of the preceding school year, or within 30 days of moving into the district.
Students must live within 15 miles of the school that they are requesting to attend.
Students must also be registered with the RCS district. See the Private School Enrollment page for more information.
Other important information
Emergency bus evacuation drills
Each year, RCS, in compliance with New York State Education Law, holds three evacuation drills. During the 15-minute drills, drivers explain bus safety rules and regulations, such as proper behavior and crossing procedures as well as how to locate safety equipment and the emergency exits. Students also learn how to secure the bus, operate the two-way radio and safely evacuate the vehicle in the event of an emergency.
Instruments on the bus
The RCS Transportation Department asks that for safety reasons, only musical instruments small enough to fit on a student’s lap may be transported on the school bus. Parents should make other arrangements to get larger band instruments to school.
If you will driving your child(ren) to and from school daily, or if your high school student will be driving themselves, please let the Transportation Department know. This will help us create more accurate and efficient bus routes and provide better service to all students.
Similarly, if your child(ren) will not need bus transportation for a temporary period of time, please let us know so that the bus driver can bypass your stop until needed.
Become a school bus driver!
Looking for a fun and exciting part-time position? Consider becoming a substitute bus driver for the RCS Central School District.
Training will be provided to qualified applicants. To learn more about this exciting opportunity to earn extra money while working in a congenial environment that benefits students, contact the Transportation Department at (518) 756-5241.