6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

MCS Transportation Policy

MCS Transportation Policy

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Many trips at MCS involve walking and taking public transportation. MCS owns a yellow school bus that takes students to and from the Farm. For short trips during the school day, MCS can sometimes access the Department of Education (DOE) school buses. We also occasionally charter coach buses for sports teams, curriculum-related trips and trips to the Farm when our bus needs repair. 

Teaching children how to navigate New York City and its various modes of transportation safely is something we care about deeply. We also teach ways of crossing busy intersections, paying attention to others on the sidewalk, traveling with a group on crowded subways and at rest stops on the New York State Thruway. 

We monitor New York State laws that are constantly changing. Despite our best efforts, we recently had experiences with a few coach buses that did not provide adequate seatbelts. We are revising our procedures, effectively immediately. Travel on chartered vehicles will include the required number of seatbelts for all passengers. We have alerted the coach bus company providers that buses that are not equipped in ways that meet our expectations will be rejected.

Trips are much anticipated and classes prepare in advance. Having to reject a vehicle would be a source of considerable disappointment. We appreciate your support and patience as these new expectations register with our providers.