How does my child get to school?
The City School District of Albany transports all
eligible students -- those who live 1.5 miles or more from their school
-- either by yellow bus or Capital District Transportation Authority
Eligible elementary-school children are transported
via yellow bus, operated by Durham School Services. The district
provides a CDTA bus pass, also known as a swiper card, to eligible
middle- and high-school students.
Who is Durham School Services?
Durham School Services is the company that
provides the district with yellow-bus transportation. Durham is a
national company with more than 50 years experience in student
transportation. Learn more about Durham at
How does CDTA transport middle- and high-school students?
The district swiper card is accepted on all
CDTA buses and valid during the school year. It allows students to
ride the bus Monday-Friday from the time CDTA service begins (most
routes start between 5-6 a.m.) and provides transportation to
after-school programs anywhere in the city.
Students must have their passes with them
at all times and will be required to swipe their card through the
fare box to get on a CDTA bus. If a student does not have a pass
when boarding a CDTA bus, he or she will be required to pay the appropriate
fare to complete the trip. The current one-way fare is $1.50.
Students must report the loss of a pass to the school district
immediately. Applications to replace lost passes may be found at each
school. There is a fee to replace a bus pass. Damaged or invalid cards
may be exchanged for a replacement.
How do I find out what bus route my
child is on?
During the last week in August, parents
receive a letter from the City School District of Albany Transportation
Department that lists important information such as their child's name,
address, bus route number and school bus pickup site.
information in this letter is incorrect, please inform the
Transportation Department (475-6170) as soon as possible. During the
first few days of school, it would be helpful for students to use the
letter as a pass to board the yellow bus until the driver becomes
familiar with his/her riders.
How does the Transportation
plan bus routes?
All bus routes and pickup times are
scheduled according to the information provided in student
transportation request applications. If your
child was provided transportation services last year, you should have
received and submitted a transportation request form by the end of the
last school year.
If you did
not receive or submit an application at that time, please pick up an application at the school office where
your child is attending and submit it to that school as soon as
possible. Your child will not be assigned to a bus route until a
completed application is received.
If your residence has changed, you must update that information at the
district's Central Registration office, located at 75 Watervliet Ave., in
the former Harriet Gibbons High School building.
Where is my child's bus stop?
School bus pick-up and drop-off sites are
designated neighborhood sites. If you do not receive a letter in August
from the Transportation Department indicating where your child will be
pick up and dropped off from school, please call 475-6170.
What if my child misbehaves on the bus?
The district expects that all students will
conduct themselves properly on all school-related transportation. Pupils who are disorderly or insubordinate
(disobey school-bus safety rules) may have their riding privileges
suspended. Repeat offenders may have their riding privileges permanently
revoked. In such cases, the parents or guardians become responsible
for getting their children to and from school.
CDTA buses, students are expected to follow CDTA rules and regulations
and are subject to the CDTA Code of Conduct, which outlines expected
behavior for all riders and ensures that everyone receives the best
service possible. The Code of Conduct can be found online at
Who are the crossing guards?
Our crossing guards work for the Albany
Police Department. The school works closely with the police department
to ensure proper crossing-guard coverage of any routes our students