The following information is for Transportation Vendors.
For information relevant to all vendors, visit General Information for Vendors.
The Contractor's Manual
Contractors are responsible for understanding and carrying out all of the duties and responsibilities set forth in the Standard Operating Procedures for School Bus Contractors Providing Service under Contracts with the NYCDOE (herein expressed as "Contractor's Manual") and in the applicable contract(s). In the event of a conflict between the Contractor’s Manual and the applicable Contract(s), the applicable Contract(s) shall govern.
- Vehicle Specifications
- Driver and Attendant Certification Process & Responsibilities
- Violations, Procedures & Assessment of Liquidated Damages
- Vehicle Inspection Standards, Maintenance & Safety
- Investigations Procedures
- Accidents, Emergencies & Other Delays
- Routing & Scheduling System
- Field Trip Procedures
- Picking of Runs
- Driver/Attendant Approval Form
- Information Form Bus Attendant
- Attendant Medical Form
- Information Form Bus Driver
- Student Emergency Contact Form
- School Bus Incident Reporting Procedures
- School Bus Incident Form
- Contractor System Guide
- Section 11 Attachments
- Car Seat Retraining Certificate Template
- Wheelchair Retraining Certificate Template
- Sleeping Children Sign
Tools & Resources
- Information for Bus Companies (Requires login)
- NYC Public Schools Calendar
- Non-Public Schools Calendar
- Vendor Information System (Requires login)
- Vendor Integration (Requires login)
- OPT Contracts (Requires login)
- Accidents (Requires login)
Maps & Routes
- Map Portal (Requires login)
- Summer Map Portal (Requires login)
- Bus Route Status (Requires login)
- Special Education Routing System (Requires login)
- Route Integration System (Requires login)
- MyGeotab User Access Form
Call Recording & Attendance
- OPT Call Recording System (Requires login)
- Pre-K Call Recording System (Requires login)
- Drivers & Attendants System (Requires login)
Driver & Attendant Training Locations
Bus & Car Driver Training School
1332 Commerce Avenue, Suite 18
Bronx, NY 10461
Contact: Robert Verderosa (President)
Mayra's Safety Training
483 Hemlock St.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Contact: Yomaira Alvarez
K.E.R.F. Safety Training
2704 East Tremont Avenue 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10461
Contact: Sandra Lopez
Lella Transportation Safety
944 Havermayer Ave.
Bronx, NY, 10473
Contact: Anne Smith
NY Bus Training Corp. (Training In Transportation)
3051 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Contact: Jo-Ann Tufaro
Wheels on the Bus
1841 Forest Avenue- 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10303
Contact: Arden Daleus
Technic Driving School Inc.
2174 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Contact: Raoul St. Flavin
School Bus Safety City, Inc.
426 East 138th St, 2nd Fl.
Bronx, NY 10454
Contact: Maria Sonaly Caro
NYC Bus Lane Use
Per NYC Traffic Rules, school buses are authorized to use New York City bus lanes when transporting passengers.
- For the definition of a school bus, see section 4-01(b)
- For specific bus lane restrictions, see section 4-12(m)
We share this information so that your drivers have every option to reduce traffic delays and ride duration for NYC Students.
How to Support Bus Lane Use
Remind your drivers that school buses with passengers are allowed to use NYC bus lanes, and make sure they are familiar with the rules and definitions above.
- Verbally communicate to drivers the legal use of NYC bus lanes by vehicles transporting students
- Encourage drivers to use NYC bus lanes to reduce traffic delays and ride duration when possible
- Add the bus lane rules to the training materials you give to new drivers
- Add the bus lane rules to the training refresh materials you give to employed drivers
Working with NYCDOT & NYPD for Success
We engaged the NYPD and NYCDOT to ensure all relevant city agencies share a common understanding about this policy, and to provide school bus vehicle information recorded in our Vehicle System (log-in required) to the NYPD.
Questions About NYC Bus Lane Use
If you have any questions regarding this policy/information you may contact Darren Johnson at OPT.
Guidance to School Bus Vendors on COVID-19 Procedures
NYC Vaccine Mandate
On December 6, the Mayor announced a vaccine mandate for private-sector workers.
Beginning December 27, workers in New York City who perform in-person work in the presence of another worker or the public must provide proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers who have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine will then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose.
With limited exceptions, beginning December 27, businesses may not allow unvaccinated workers to enter their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person.
Workers can show they have received the COVID-19 vaccine with the same proofs of vaccination that are accepted for Key to NYC. Please refer to the following documents for more information about the vaccination requirement for workplaces:
- Commissioner's Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace (PDF, December 13)
- Private Sector Vaccine Requirement: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, December 15)
- Private Sector Vaccine Requirement: Flyer for Business Owners (PDF)
Information for Businesses
Beginning December 27, businesses must verify and keep a record of each worker’s proof of vaccination or a record of having verified the worker’s proof of vaccination, and if applicable, a record of reasonable accommodation.
In addition, by December 27, businesses must complete the below certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a conspicuous place:
Businesses should also be prepared to make their records available for inspection. For a list of vaccination locations, please visit: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ .
For more information see the FAQ above, and the guidance available at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-workplace-requirement.page.
Protective Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment
As contractors of NYC and bus company staff, you must follow Executive Order 74:
In accordance with Executive Order 74 of 2021 regarding Safety Practices of Public-Facing Contracted Personnel During The COVID-19 Crisis, effective August 2, 2021, all contractors providing services (e.g., standard, professional, human services, construction-related) or construction within New York City pursuant to a “contract” with the City of New York must require that their “covered employees”: (i) wear a face covering at all times the covered employee can be expected to physically interact with City employees or members of the public in the course of performing work under the contract. This means that all bus company employees will be required to wear masks whether fully vaccinated or not.
In accordance with New York State Education Department (NYSED), and CDC recommendations, all students, drivers, and attendants must wear a face covering (mask) on school buses. If they do not have one, the bus operator will provide one.
Only students who are exempted from facial coverings requirements due to their age or medical needs, or whose physical or mental health would be impaired by wearing a face covering, may ride the bus without one. Bus staff can wear face shields as an additional layer of protection.
Cleaning & Disinfection
Because of the heightened concerns about the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all school bus contractors must adopt the following cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all school bus vehicles.
- Purchase EPA-registered anti-viral products that have an approved emerging viral pathogen claim for COVID-19 or a product with label claims against human coronaviruses. All products are to be used according to the label instructions.
- Disinfect all exposed surfaces in their school bus vehicles every Monday and Thursday night, utilizing an effective anti-viral disinfecting product. This includes:
- Cleaning high contact surfaces that are touched by many different people, such as handrails and doorknobs/handles
- Dust - and wet-mopping vehicle floors
- Removing trash
- Wiping heat and air conditioner vents
- Spot cleaning walls and seats
- Dusting horizontal surfaces
- Cleaning spills
- Windows are to be kept open where practical to maximize airflow to ventilate school bus vehicles.
- School bus drivers and attendants should approve and permit the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Review the NY Department of Health's Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19 for specific guidelines and recommendations.
If you face any difficulty in procuring the appropriate cleaning supplies or have any concerns about this guidance, please contact Diane Beediahram at DBeediahram@schools.nyc.gov.
School Bus Sanitation Requirements
- The interior of each vehicle must be cleaned and either swept or vacuumed thoroughly after each AM/PM route and/or at least once each day.
- The school bus contractor is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting seats and all safety equipment and accessories as often as necessary for sanitary reasons and to maintain the comfort of students, drivers, and attendants.
- Additionally, the exterior of each vehicle must be washed at least weekly and must be maintained in as clean a conditional as possible, weather and other conditions permitting.
- It is imperative to adhere to all of the guidelines above and remain vigilant in this time of heightened public awareness. Buses should be disinfected with a CDC approved anti-viral for coronavirus.
School Bus Safety Procedures
School buses transporting students will follow guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State with regard to all requirements . Buses will take the following steps:
- Where practicable and weather permitting, windows will remain open and with the air system on the bus in the non-recirculating mode during transit; please dress your child appropriately.
- Everyone in a school bus must wear face coverings (masks) at all times regardless of vaccination status, unless they have an approved medical exemption from the mask requirements.
- In accordance with CDC and New York State guidance, physical distancing is not required on school buses and students will only socially distance when possible.