6. Conduct & Safety
Conduct on Schools Buses
The school bus student incident report is designed to assist school bus drivers and attendants in reporting issues of student misconduct. In the event of an incident, the bus driver or attendant will provide a copy of the report, with a specific control number, to the school of the student concerned. Public schools enter the complaint into the Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS). The Department of Education has produced this guide for schools to help teach appropriate behavior on school buses. If behavior becomes inappropriate on the school bus, schools should refer to this guide.
Pedestrian Safety Around the School
Student and street safety are primarily the responsibility of the Department of Education’s Office of School Safety, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD). In order to promote safe walking to schools, the Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to Schools program features a school safety map for each elementary and intermediate school having an enrollment of 250 students or more. Each map shows the roadway network, school locations and traffic safety infrastructure, including designated school crosswalks where school children are recommended to cross.
School crossing guards are provided by the NYPD. Principals who would like crossing guards should contact the commanding officer of their local precinct and ask if the precinct can provide a guard. The DOE asks that principals please understand that it is difficult for the NYPD to provide as many guards as are requested each year and also, more generally, to understand that crossing guards are trained only to help children cross the street and are not able to assist schools with other matters like directing traffic and issuing tickets.
Walking to School
While OPT is charged with providing transportation by yellow bus and public transit for all students in New York City, we support the City’s initiative to have as many children walk to school as possible. OPT and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) would be happy to help schools design walking programs to their school. More information, resource guides and promotional materials are available from NYC's Department of Transportation. Another good site with information about walking to school is the New Zealand Department of Transportation. If you would like more information about promoting walking to school, including the creation of a Walking School Bus, please contact your school’s Transportation Account Manager or OPT.