2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS
The Wappingers Central School District Transportation Department reminds all parents that transportation requests to Private or Parochial schools, daycare facilities, and babysitters must be filed annually and be received by the District no later than April 1, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year.
These applications are available at all public, private and parochial schools. If you are new to the District, you must register your child before transportation is provided. Please call the Central Registration Office at 25 Corporate Park Drive, PO Box 396, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845-298-5000 x40132) to schedule an appointment. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Proof of residency must be provided. Forms(s) must be submitted within thirty (30) days of registration.
PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL & CHILDCARE TRANSPORTATION
(MUST BE SUBMITTED ANNUALLY)
Transportation is provided for all school-aged students who reside in AND are registered in the Wappingers CSD to schools in their respective attendance zones. When developing bus runs, safety, efficiency, capacity and length of time on the bus are all taken into consideration. This process takes several months and must be completed by late August.
Even if you are undecided before the April 1st deadline, submit your private/parochial (K-12) and/or childcare (K-8) choice for the next school year by the deadline. It is better to submit them on-time and then cancel, if necessary, than to not submit them. The annual April 1st deadline is instituted by New York State.
Every year numerous changes are received last minute and well past the deadline. These late changes are often accommodated at the expense of families who have made all of their arrangements on time, resulting in the need to move stops off of existing routes to make room and then putting those stops on other runs. Bus runs become more crowded and/or longer than originally planned, making all the routing that was done for the start of the school year no longer accurate. It isn't fair to the families who have made all of their arrangements on time and have made plans based on the originally completed information regarding their child's bus stop times.
The April 1st New York State Education regulation helps our school district budget costs for bus routing, keeping us within our Transportation Budget. It is easier for us to shorten a bus route than it is to lengthen one. Any late transportation request that would result in overloading a bus or cause a rerouting of a bus will not be honored. Please call Transportation at 298-5225 with any questions.