2006-09-29 / Community

Deadline Extended For Yellow Bus Service

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has extended the deadline for parents to register their children for yellow bus service for the 2006-2007 school year.

Though changes will not go into effect until early December, parents now have until the new extended deadline of Friday, October 6, 2006, to apply.

Parents must register their children for bus service even if the children are already riding a yellow school bus. The DOE is asking all parents of children eligible for busing to complete the form, even if they are choosing no transportation as their option.

This is the first year the DOE has asked parents to register their children for busing service. Parents who have questions or who have not received the registration form can get it from their schools' principals, the DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation hotline at (718) 392-8855, 311, or online at http://www.optos fns.org/opt/forms/fall2006_registrationform.pdf. The form is available in English and eight other languages.

The following students are eligible for transportation to and from school:

+ Grades K through 2 and resides 1/2 mile or more from school: Yellow School Bus or free fare on Public Transportation.

+ Grades 3 through 6 and resides 1 mile or more from school: Yellow School Bus or free fare on Public Transportation.

+ Grades 7-8 and lives in Staten Island: students may be eligible for Yellow School Bus service. Parents who are unsure should consult with their principals.

+ Ineligible: students attending schools that do not currently receive yellow bus service, students living more than mile from an existing bus stop, and students in grades 7-12 living in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, or Queens.

The DOE will issue MetroCards to all students who are not registered for bus service by October 6.

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