Bus Route Information
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district offers bus transportation to and from school to all students.
All buses leave the bus garage on Lakehill Road at the time indicated for each route and make their pickups along district roads in the order indicated. Schedules and routes are subject to change, particularly during the first month of school, as enrollment changes.
If you have questions about bus schedules, please call your child’s school.
For questions about transportation policies, please call the Transportation Department, (518) 399-9141, Ext. 83523 or 83524.
- Charlton Heights Elementary School
- Pashley Elementary School
- Stevens Elementary School
- O’Rourke Middle School & BH-BL High School
- Activity Bus | Activity Bus Map
Bus Stop Practice Temporary Revisions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The District will comply with the applicable provisions of Education Law (Section 3635) and Commissioner’s Regulations in transporting students between the student’s residence and school. Exceptions to this transportation requirement shall be limited by this policy in order for the District to provide the maximum safety in its student transportation program.
- Transportation will be provided to one location whether it’s the primary residence or daycare for eligible students K-8. Transportation will be provided to the primary residence for students 9-12. Transportation will not be provided outside the school of attendance zone for primary students unless it is to the primary residence or child care centers licensed pursuant to Section 390 of NYS Social Services Law where such child care location has filed, by August 1st of any given year, a copy of such license with the Supervisor of Transportation and has agreed to make an adult available to meet school buses picking up or discharging pupils at District designated bus stops.
- Day variant requests for transportation will be prohibited. It must be the same bus stop daily and week to week.
- Bus passes will not be authorized or allowed.
- There will be no bus runs for Academic Assistance Period.
General Information for Parents
Please discuss the importance of bus safety rules (below) with your children. Students will also take part in bus safety drills at each school in September, November, and April.
We use only bus symbols (rather than symbols and numbers) on our regular bus routes. Symbols are easier for small children in particular to remember, and they can be consistently maintained when buses need to be off the road temporarily for inspections or repairs.
District Transportation Policies
Bus transportation is provided for all children. Bus stops for kindergartners will be within one-tenth of a mile of the child’s home where turn-around space is available to a regularly scheduled bus. All elementary children living on roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or greater will be picked up and discharged at the beginning of the nearest driveway or dead end street. Other students may be required to walk up to six-tenths of a mile to a bus stop.
Dropping Off Kindergarten & First Graders
After school, no kindergarten or first-grade student will be dropped off unless the bus driver sees that an adult or older sibling is present to receive them. If no adult or older sibling is visible, the driver may try to drop the child off again later in the bus run or may simply return the child to his or her school.
Any change in bus assignment must be approved by the building principal and transportation supervisor. No one may enter a school bus except students and authorized personnel. To avoid safety problems, buses will not transport children to non-school activities or friends’ homes after school except in emergency circumstances. Bus drivers will not accept directions for emergency transportation from anyone except the building principal.
Parents interested in having their elementary child transported to a babysitter’s home or to a state-licensed day care center should read more about BH-BL Child Care Policies & Licensed Child-Care Providers.
Bus Safety Guidelines
Safety is a shared practice involving the driver, students, parents and school administrators. Once students are on board, the driver has complete responsibility. The bus is an extension of the classroom; students are required to conduct themselves according to established standards of classroom behavior. Disciplinary problems will be handled in a progressive manner starting with a verbal warning. Children who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the school principal.
Students are expected to follow instructions from their bus driver at all times. In addition students should:
- Be on time at the bus stop — five to 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Wait at least 15 feet from where the bus will stop, away from traffic, where the driver can see them clearly.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before crossing the road, boarding, or exiting.
- Cross the road at least 10 feet in front of the bus, making sure they see the driver & the driver sees them.
- Properly secure their seat belts and remain seated.
- Keep hands, etc., inside the bus, and never throw anything out the window.
- Not eat on the bus.
- Be sure all personal items, book bags, etc., can fit on their laps or directly under their seat.
- Be courteous to one another.
Additional Safety Rules & Procedures for 2020-21 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
- Students will be required to sit in their assigned seat daily.
- Where possible and practical, students will be required to sit in the same seat as their siblings/household members.
- Students must wear masks at all times when on the school bus.
- Only necessary items will be allowed on the school bus and must remain in their bags at all times.
- Students may not share any items while on the school bus