The Lawrence Public Schools works diligently to ensure that only students who reside in the District attend its schools. Therefore, if non-residency is suspected, you are encouraged to contact us confidentially at (516) 295-7065.
Lawrence Public Schools does not provide transportation for students (public & non-public) on the following days:
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Saturday or Sunday
Note: No transportation will be provided for the above listed holidays on the Federally observed day.
Registration Procedures for a Child 5 Years Old on or Before December 1st
If you have a child who is 5 years old on or before December 1st, and request transportation to private school, you must register in person if your child has never had busing, with the Lawrence School District Registration/Transportation Office. At that time, you must provide the following documents:
- The child's Original Birth Certificate.
- Proof of Residency (Deed, tax bill or closing statement) If you rent, whether you have a lease or not, you will be given two affidavits that you must complete, sign and have notarized. (Affidavits are available on the Home page of Lawrence.org under Important Links and Documents)
- 1 (one) Utility Bill
- Proof of parental relationship - valid photo ID with current District address.
4 Year Old UPK Program for Public and Non-Public Schools
All children must be 4 years old and in an approved collaborative UPK program in order to be eligible for bussing. If your child is not yet 4 years old, he/she will not be allowed to ride until his/her 4th birthday.
Registration Procedures for New District Residents or Address Change
If you are a new resident in the District: You must also register in person, at the Registration/Transportation Office and have the following documents:
- Proof of Residency (Deed, Tax Bill or Closing Statement) If you rent, whether you have a lease or not, you will be given two affidavits that must be completed, signed and notarized and I.D. (same as above).
- The Original Birth Certificate of the child/children that are to be registered.
- (Affidavits are available on the Home page of Lawrence.org under Important Links and Documents)
- 1 (one) Utility Bill
- Parent/Guardian’s valid Driver’s License or Government issued ID with current district address
For students that are new to the District, or have a change of address:
Parents/Guardians must file a request for transportation for non-public school within 30 days. Request after 30 days will be considered late, and can be denied.
Registration Procedures for Children Previously Registered in District 15
Parents of children already registered can register online for the following school year. The website will only be open until the deadline, April 1st. All other requests will be considered late and may be denied. Late requests for transportation are subject to availability. If for some reason, after you have filed a request form for transportation, you decide to change the school you originally requested, you must apply in person at the transportation office. No changes will be accepted over the website.
ALL WEB BASED APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED ARE CONSIDERED ORIGINALS. IF THERE IS A CHANGE IN SCHOOLS, ADDRESSES, GRADES, ETC, AFTER FILING AN "ORIGINAL", YOU MUST COME IN TO THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE AND RE-SUBMIT A NEW FORM.
ADMISSION TO SCHOOL REGISTRATION PACKET PART I
Registration for all schools takes place at the District Registration/Transportation Office in the Middle School. Please call (516) 295-7058 from 8:00 am–12:00 noon and 1:30 –3:30 pm on school days to schedule an appointment to register your child.
In order to safeguard the health of your child, to place him or her in the most appropriate program and to conform with New York State law and District policy, the District requires certain information and records. These include:
Children who will be four years old on or before December 1st, will be eligible for entrance into the full day Pre-Kindergarten program at Number Four School. Parents are advised to call Number Four School for assistance, (516) 295-6400.
A child living within the School District whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 1st will be eligible to enter the Kindergarten program in September. Kindergarten registration is held in early February. Public notice is given regarding exact times, dates and places.
To be eligible for first grade, a child’s sixth birthday must fall on or before December 1st.
Above grade one, a transfer student from outside the District is tentatively placed at the grade level indicated on the record furnished by the former school.
Immunization requirements are based on both Public Health Law and Education law which apply to all students attending school. The links below provide an overview of the New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance pertaining to the 2018-2019 School Year. All New York State School Districts must review the immunization records of each student enrolled in their district and report annually to the Department of Health. In doing so, the Lawrence Union Free School District is required to identify students who lack the required immunization(s) or students who are not in the process of completing the immunization series with a scheduled age appropriate appointment. Those students identified as not meeting with the requirements will result in exclusion from school within 14 days of attendance. All schools are obliged to enforce the requirements of New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164.
Any student who does not meet the above-stated criteria is in violation of New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, and will not be admitted to school until the student presents satisfactory written evidence of compliance.
Transportation to the public schools in the District is provided on the basis of the student’s grade and a minimum distance from home to school, unless Child Safety Zones have been authorized by the voters. Distances are measured by the shortest route between home and school of attendance.
The following distances presently apply:
4 Year Old Universal Pre-K. . . . . All Ride
Kindergarten. . . . . All Ride
Grades 1-5. . . . . 1/2 mile
Grades 6–8 . . . . . 1 mile
Grades 9–12 . . 1-1/4 mile
All residents of the Lawrence School District requesting transportation/textbooks for their children who will be attending a non-public school must submit an application on or before April 1st in order to be eligible for the following school year. Late requests or changes in schools will not be honored if it incurs an additional cost to the district.
Transportation for children attending non-public schools is based on the same minimum distances established for public schools. State Education law requires the District to provide transportation to non-public schools up to a maximum of fifteen miles from the student’s home.
LENGTH OF TIME ON BUS
The length of time is determined by the number of stops on each bus route. The greater the number of requested stops, the more time it takes. The length of time on a bus may be shortened by having children grouped at different locations.
Students will be dropped off at their assigned stop. Only Kindergarten students will have house stops unless their street is a dead-end. The parent or designated person must be outside to accept the child.
A student only has one bus assignment to and from school. Students are only to use the bus they are assigned to in the morning and afternoon.
Each school has their own assigned buses. From time to time, parents request that each of their children, going to different schools, receive the same bus stops because they are unable to be at different corners at the same time. When we are able to accommodate the request, we will. If we are unable to accommodate the same bus stop, parents will have to make other arrangements.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDCARE DROP-OFFS
A child care drop-off may be arranged for students in Grades K-8, if the location is within eligibility distance and within the Lawrence School District. The request for change of drop-off location must be for the five days of the week.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PLAY DATE DROP-OFFS
For the safety of our children no play date bus changes will be made.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR DROP-OFF IN AN EMERGENCY
In an extreme emergency the Transportation Office will make every effort to accommodate the request.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR DIVORCED PARENTS
A child has one legal address and bus privileges are to and from that location. Childcare bus changes will be made but only within the Lawrence School District and for the full five days of the week.
There is no NYS Law mandating the use of seat belts but only that seat belts are provided on school buses. If parents want their child belted, they must encourage their child to use their seat belt.
BEHAVIOR ON BUSES
The driver shall write up an incident/behavior report when necessary and the school official will address the issue.
FOR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS CALL (516) 295-7065
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND SOMEONE WILL GET BACK TO YOU SHORTLY
PARENTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO CALL THE BUS COMPANY DIRECTLY
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