qh88 Central School District

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Student Transportation

Andreana Goldsmith, Transportation Supervisor
Phone: 716-626-8397
E-mail: agoldsmith@williamsvillek12.org

The qh88 Central School District is committed to providing a safe and economical transportation system for students.  During the school year, qh88’s Transportation Department provides bus service to over 11,000 students who attend more than 75 schools, which includes non-District schools.

Please note, new residents in the qh88 Central School Distirct need to register with the District Office prior to the transportation application being approved.  Please contact Central Registration by calling 716-626-8001.

Digital: Please note the application for Private Schools closed in April 2023.


Student Pick-up

  • In accordance with New York State law, qh88 establishes bus routes and pick-up points based on the distance limitations set by District policy.
  • Most bus stops are established at street corners and fire hydrants. Consistency and fairness are key standards in implementing this policy.
  • Bus routes are revised every year based on changes in student attendance patterns.
  • The level of service in any given neighborhood may change from one year to the next as students who were eligible for a bus stop move on to higher grades or relocate.

Distance Requirements for qh88 Bus Service

  • Students in grades K-4 may be expected to walk up to one-tenth of a mile to an established bus stop
  • Students in grades 5-12 may be expected to walk up to two-tenths of a mile to an established bus stop

Non-Through Streets & Cul-de-sacs

  • Non-through streets and cul-de-sacs can present a challenge for school buses. There must be enough space on a court for the bus to turn around, without backing up. In keeping with School District policy and procedures:
  • If a student lives on a non-through street or court that is less than one-tenth of a mile long, or lives less than one-tenth of a mile from the entrance to the court (grades K-4), or two-tenths of a mile for students in grades 5-12, the bus stop will be located at the entrance to the court. Students will be expected to walk to the intersection at the through street.
  • Distance measurements in courts:
    1. Are made from the extended curb line of the through street to the nearest edge of the driveway of the house where the student lives. The location of the bus stop is not a factor in this measurement.
    2. Are measured along the most direct path on the roadway.
    3. May include a measurement traveling in the opposite direction around the circle at the end of the court.

MyStop App (Bus Tracking)

My Stop is a web-based application available to all qh88 Central School District parents to access live bus GPS information using a smartphone, tablet or computer and securely view the current location of their child’s bus on routes. The system also provides the school bus’s estimated time of arrival at your child’s bus stop.

Learn more about the MyStop App here: MyStop App

Transportation to Child Care Locations and Special Transportation Requests

In accordance with New York State law, the District provides transportation to licensed child care providers located within the District for qualifying students.

  • If the child care provider is not located within the child’s elementary school attendance area, the student will be required to take a transfer bus to the day care location. Parents need to be aware that this may result in a lengthy bus ride for their child(ren).
  • The District will transport a child to a private baby sitter residence only when the residence is located within the attendance area of the child’s elementary school and is located on a normal bus route.

Application Process to Child Care Locations and Special Transportation Requests

  • Parents must file an Application for Special Transportation Arrangement by mid-July for the upcoming school year. Transportation will contact parents notifying them when their transportation will begin.
  • Special transportation arrangements must be for a minimum of one month and will be provided on a 5-day per week basis only.
  • Daycare and child care special transportation requests are processed in an expedient manner, however, the closer they are received to the beginning of a new school year, the longer the processing time will be for route assignments.

Regulations for Special Transportation Requests (including Daycare)


  1. The qh88 Central School District will transport a child to a PRIVATE baby-sitter's residence only when that residence is located within the attendance area of the Elementary School the child attends and is on a normal bus route.
  2. Transportation will be provided to LICENSED child care providers within the District and:
  • Transportation to the providers not located within the Elementary child’s school attendance area will be accomplished on a TRANSFER basis.
  •  Children may be on a bus for an EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.
  • AM child care transportation must be within the attendance area of the school in which your child is enrolled.
  • This special transportation, when provided, will be on a 5-DAY PER WEEK BASIS ONLY.
  • Special transportation arrangements must be for a minimum of ONE MONTH.
  • Transportation will be provided only after the parent has COMPLETED an “Application for Special Transportation Arrangement” (available at link below). The parent must allow AT LEAST TWO WEEKS for approval and the start of service.

Out-of-District School Transportation

The qh88 Central School District Transportation Department has announced that the morning bus transfer is located at Mill Middle School.  The morning transfer times are 7:10 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. The afternoon bus transfer is located at Maple East Elementary. The afternoon transfer times are 3:10 p.m.,3:40 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Maple East is located next to Millard Suburban Hospital on Maple Road.

Students Who Reside in the qh88 Central School District and Attend Out-of-District Schools:

New York State allows for school bus transportation to students attending non-public schools outside the District boundaries – up to a maximum of 15 miles.  An application for busing must be submitted to the qh88 Transportation Department for this transportation on an annual basis no later than April 1st (per NYS law).  Applications WILL NOT be mailed out. Applications are available at the child's school of attendance, the qh88 Transportation Department, and online.

Also, if a student attends a private school, qh88 will not transport students from other school districts to/from home with them!

Transportation procedures and reminders for parents:

  • To instruct their children so that they thoroughly understand their travel pattern and the NAME of the place to which they are being transported.
  • To provide their children with some form of IDENTIFICATION which is to be carried at all times, giving NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, PARENT’S NAME, EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER, AND NAME OF CHILD CARE PROVIDER.
  • That, if school is closed during the day due to some emergency, their children will be transported in accordance with the arrangement which would be normal for that day.
  • To re-file this form by JULY 15th for the upcoming school year.
  • To re-file this form for canceling arrangements.

What Musical Instruments are allowed on the bus?
The following musical instruments ARE PERMITTED* on a school bus on a regular run to or from school:

  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Trombone
  • French Horn

*These items must be carried on the student's lap and must not interfere with any other student's ability to enter or exit the bus.

The following musical instruments are NOT permitted on a school bus:

  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Baritone Horn
  • Guitar
  • Tuba
  • Cello
  • String Bass

What Athletic Equipment is allowed on the bus?

The following Sports Equipment is allowed on the bus only when in appropriate cases/bags: baseball and softball bats, field hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and tennis rackets.

Sports Equipment NOT allowed on a school bus include hockey bags, skateboards, hockey sticks, roller blades.

Lost and Found

Due to the volume of lost and found items at both transportation offices, phone calls to the offices do not result in the office staff searching through the items to find a particular item.  Parents must go to the transportation offices to search through the items to find their own articles.

If you are unsure which STA bus your child rides, please call the District Transportation Office at 716-626-8397.

Please Note: Lost and found only holds items for 30 days.

Transportation Office Locations for Lost & Found:

  • qh88 CSD Transportation Office: 533 Mill Street, qh88, NY
  • Student Transportation of America: 850 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY
    • Phone: 716-626-8397
    • Phone: 716-276-9685

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