Transportation Department

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Click on the picture of the map to see the location of of the main campus of the high school. The Transportation Department is located between the District Office (700 Osborn Avenue) and the Middle School.


CO-DIRECTORS: Colette Furcht and Leslie Moore are co-directors of transportation.


Contact: email: leslie.moore@riverhead.net and colette.furcht@riverhead.net / Phone: 631-369-6720


RCSD owns and operates 65 full-sized buses (including 19 propane-powered vehicles). The district's maintenance department has been recognized by the New York State Department of Transportation as "among the best" vehicle maintenance programs statewide with a 96.6% pass rate. RCSD drivers travel approximately 1,207,312 miles transporting students to 7 public schools, 11 non-public schools and 8 special education schools.

MAIN CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS FOR THE BUS GARAGE

Name

Title

Phone Number

Colette Furcht

Co-Director

631-369-6721/6720

Leslie Moore

Co-Director

631-369-6721/6720

FAX Number

Transportation

631-727-8285

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BUS SAFETY DRILLS AT PHILLIPS AVENUE 2016



Bus Safety 2016 from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.

DASA(September 8, 2016) During the first two weeks of school, the Transportation Department visits each elementary school in the district to conduct Bus Safety Drills with the students and teachers. The drivers stress the importance of correctly approaching and entering the bus, following the rules on the bus, and learning how to safely exit the bus. They also conduct an emergency exit drill with the children and have them practice crossing in front of the bus in the crosswalks. Present during the first drills at Phillips Avenue Elementary School were Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider, who is in charge of the Transportation Department, and the new Director of Security Richard Andersen. Mr. Andersen comes to the district after a career as a policeman in NYC. Overseeing the drills were Transportation Co-Directors Colette Furcht and Leslie Moore.

DISTRICT PURCHASES A NEW SITE FOR BUS GARAGE

Bus Garage

site(May 19, 2015) In 2013, voters authorized the Board of Education to create a savings account, the “Transportation, Maintenance and Athletic Fields Capital Reserve”, to allow the District to plan for a new bus garage. The existing facility was built in 1920 and had fallen into disrepair over its 95 year life. After an extensive search of vacant property in the District, the Board of Education identified a parcel on Edwards Avenue that is an ideal location for the new bus garage. The District sought voter permission to spend up to $9,500,000 in the savings account to: • Purchase land at 337 Edwards Avenue for a new bus garage. • Renovate an existing bus garage on that property for District use. • Build a small custodial and maintenance facility on the central campus. • Tear down the existing bus garage and create athletic fields in its place. (This Proposition passed during the May 19, 2015 Budget Vote.)

(SEE SEQRA STUDY.) (SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION on the a possible site for the BUS GARAGE.)
(See earlier notice on BUS GARAGE.) (POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON PROPOSITIONS FOR 2015-16 BUDGET)

StaffSTAFF OF THE YEAR - TRANSPORTATION
(November 5, 2013) STAFF AND TEACHERS FOR THE YEAR were recognized during the Supterintendent's Conference Day on November 5, 2013. Five mechanics from the Transportation Department were chosen STAFF OF THE YEAR for 2013. Recognized for this honor were Kevin Davis, Kurt Mass, Alan Castellana, Thomas Doherty and Joseph Hartmann.
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2016-2017 School Year--

We are eager to do our part to make learning enjoyable for all.

- In the mornings, please have your student at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled pick up.

- Please do not chase after a missed bus.  We are unable to return for students who miss the bus.

- Children should look to the driver for the signal to cross the street safely.

Let us know in writing if:

- Your young student is allowed to be let off the bus without an adult present.

- Another adult will be meeting the child at the bus each day.

- An emergency occurs and your child needs to be dropped off or picked up at another location.

- You have made before or after school care arrangements for your child.

- Your phone number has changed.

Need special accommodations?  Please contact Pupil Personnel Services at 369-6800.  During the first two weeks of the school year our phone lines are heavily used.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.  Not all requests can be accommodated due to routing limitations and the needs of other students within the district. 

Finally, please remember: NEVER pass a bus with its flashing lights on.  Nothing is more important to us than student safety.

The Riverhead Central School District draws its students from three townships: Riverhead, Southampton and Brookhaven. However, all but one of the schools is located in the Township of Riverhead. See SCHOOL CALENDAR AND INFORMATION PAGES.

 

New York State Law requires the transportation of elementary students living more than two miles from school and secondary students living more than three miles from school.The Board of Education has approved the following transportation limits:

Kindergarten: all transported
Grades 1-4: .5 miles or more transported
Grades 5-6: .8 miles or more transported
Grades 7-12: 1.2 miles or more transported

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PRIVATE and PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS
CURRENTLY ENROLLED OR PLANNING TO ATTEND

In accordance with Chapter 3635 of the NYS Education Law, all requests for transportation to a private or parochial school for the following school year must be submitted in writing to the Transportation Office “postmarked” before April 1st of the current school year.

If you are undecided whether your child will attend, please apply for transportation, it can be cancelled at a later date. If you do not meet the April 1st deadline, transportation may be denied.

Transportation request forms are available at the Transportation Office:  just north of the District Office at 700 Osborn Ave. (or on the south side of Middle School, parking at rear of Middle School, off Griffing Avenue.


Transportation Request
DOWNLOADABLE FORMS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: Transportation Request Form (pdf)

Inclement Weather Procedure for Parents of Children Attending Out of District (Non-Public, Private and Parochial and Special Ed. Facilities)

The district’s procedure for determining whether or not a student attending an out of district school will receive transportation services when inclement weather enters the picture is ruled by the following procedure. The procedure used for making this determination actually comes in two steps:

(1) If the Riverhead Central school District is closed, NO transportation will be provided. If Riverhead CSD has a "delayed opening," ALL transportation services will begin after the delay time has passed.

(2) If the home district is closed, Riverhead CSD will not provide transportation as the home district has declared their roadways dangerous and for liability reasons Riverhead will not enter that district. If the home district is on a delay, then Riverhead will provide transportation services after the delay time has passed.

Transportation Request

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:
Transportation Request Form
(pdf)

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