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Bus Safety

Student Safety

Our first priority is the safety of our students. All district personnel have been trained to handle bus emergencies. In accordance with the State Education Department regulations, three bus safety drills will be conducted each school year. The first drill will be held within the first seven days of school.

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for your children and are designed to protect them in the event of a crash. To take full advantage of the safety features a bus has to offer, it is important that your child is seated within the confines of the bus seat. Unruly behavior on the bus is a safety concern and a distraction to the driver. The bus driver and/or school administrator has the authority to assign seats at any time during the school year. Please reinforce the importance of bus safety with our children throughout the school year.

Clothing/Book bags- For safety reasons, please provide a book bag for your child's belongings. Loose items can cause injuries and tempt students to reach under the bus to retrieve things. Please choose jackets and coats without draw strings and please avoid the "yellow raincoat" which may not be visible to the bus driver alongside the bus.

All objects including musical instruments must fit on the child's lap. Absolutely no animals, fish, or sharp objects are allowed. Also any sports equipment such as hockey sticks or baseball bats must be carried in equipment bags.

Bus Stop Pickup Procedure- It is important that drivers observe students as they approach the bus stop in the morning. Please arrange to have your child at the stop 5 minutes before ordinary pickup time.

If your child is late, pleasedo not let him/her run to catch the bus. The driver may not see him/her and might pull away just as your child reaches the bus. For this same reason, please do not try to transfer your child to the bus along the route if he/she misses the bus.

Inclement Weather- On icy and snowy days, please check our website homepage.  Any school closing information will be posted at the top of the page to communicate emergency information.  School closing are also posted on social media including the NCSD Facebook page.  Television and radio stations will also announce school closing (see list below).

Please do not call the Transportation Department. They must keep their phone lines open for critical calls.

The radio and television stations that broadcast emergency closings for the Norwich City School district are as follows.

Norwich/ Oneonta - Central NY Radio Group

Binghamton- WAAL / WKOP / WNBF / WHWK / WYOS / WSKG / MIX 103.3 / STAR 105.7 / KGB-FM / 107.5 THE BEAR / 1430 WENE / 680 WINR / WIVT / WGBH Channel 34 / WBNG TV 12

Sidney WCDO

SyracuseWTVH Channel 5 / WSTM Channel 3 / WBTQ 93Q / WICZ TV 40

e-channel - Channel 14

Norwich City School District
District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652

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