Please Print and complete this Alternate Transportation form ONLY if your child is to be PICKED UP and/or is to go to a location OTHER THAN HOME on a regular basis.

Please note the following:

  • Please complete and submit a separate form for each child for whom you are requesting alternate transportation. (You may print one (1) form and fill in duplicate information before making copies for other students in your household.) 
  • The previous school year’s alternate transportation requests will not be carried over and will not be incorporated into the new 2019-2020 bus schedule.
  • Please submit all transportation requests in writing by August 23, 2019. Requests received after this date will not be honored the first week of school.
  • Transportation will be provided to/from a total of TWO (2) addresses
  • Only ONE (1) transportation change will be allowed after August 23, 2019 for the entire school year.
  • If an emergency arises, it is up to you to make outside arrangements for someone to be at your child’s regular stop or they must be picked up at Parent Pick-Up.
  • All Parent Pick-Up requests must be received by 2:00 pm in the GES Main Office – No additions after 2:00 p.m.

**Daily Changes will not be allowed**

This is for your child’s safety and to avoid the possibility of “losing” a child. Multiple changes cause confusion for the child (this is particularly true for K-4 Elementary School Students), the bus driver and office staff. The irregular schedule with day to day changes greatly increases the chances that a student may board the wrong bus and possibly be dropped off at a wrong stop. This will be strictly enforced.

Please send alternate transportation requests as follows:

Public School Students: Send requests to the main office of the school your child attends
Private School Students: Send requests to the GCS Transportation department email: msnelson@gcslearn.org & mszimbardi@gcslearn.org

Students will be scheduled to be picked up and dropped off at home or the assigned stop every day unless a *Request for Alternate Transportation form has been completed and returned to the main office of the school your child attends.

Any permanent change (moving to a new home, etc.) is also handled though the main office of the school your child attends. Please do NOT wait until the 1st day of school to notify us of any permanent changes.

Please submit all requests for alternate transportation by August 23, 2019.

Requests received after August 23, 2019 will not be honored the first week of school.

Please allow 2 working days from the time of receipt for any requests for alternate transportation made after the completion of the first week of school. 

If there is no student VISIBLY present outside at their designated bus stop location, the bus is not required to stop regardless of weather conditions. Please have your child at their designated stop 5 minutes prior to their scheduled pick up time.

Important: Students in Grades K, 1 & 2 will NOT be dropped off at a stop without a parent or guardian present

to greet them.  IF no one is present for Students in Grades K, 1 and 2 or if an older child (Grades 3 & 4) expresses concern about being dropped off to an empty house, the Student(s) will be returned to the safety of the elementary school at the end of the bus run.

The parent/guardian will be notified and be responsible for arranging the student’s pick up from the school.

If an emergency arises, it is up to you to make outside arrangements for someone to be at your child’s regular stop or they must be picked up at Parent Pick-Up.

Please send any *Request for Alternate Transportation forms as follows:

Public School Students: Send requests to the main office of the school your child attends
Private School Students: Send requests to the GCS Transportation department email: msnelson@gcslearn.org & mszimbardi@gcslearn.org

  • Elementary School
    • Students needing to be picked up from school will need permission in writing indicating the date(s)  and the name of the person(s) who will be picking up the child.

      All Parent Pick-Up requests must be received by the GES Main Office prior to 2:00 pm.    You may deliver in person, via email, or by fax. No additions after 2:00 pm.

      Students should be picked up from 3:12 to 3:20 pm at the pick up entrance. Parents arriving later than 3:20 pm should report to the office to retrieve their child.

  • Middle School
    • Parents may pick up their children by using the drop-off and pick-up area located in the MS side parking lot.

      Students are released at 2:07 pm.

      Messages for students regarding unplanned pickups can be called into the Middle School Office

Please contact the Transportation Department at 532-3325, Option 7 with any questions, concerns or comments.  Feel free to contact one of us (or all of us) at:

Annette Nelson, Transportation Supervisor
(716) 532-3325, ext. 6601
msnelson@gcslearn.org

Charles Scanio, Assistant Transportation Supervisor
(716) 532-3325, ext. 6609
mrscanio@gcslearn.org

Pamela Zimbardi, Keyboard Specialist
(716) 532-3325, ext. 6600
mszimbardi@gcslearn.org

The Transportation Department School Year Hours are from 5:45 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.

The Transportation Department Summer Hours are from 5:45 A.M. until 3:30 P.M.

The Transportation Department along with the Elementary, Middle and High School Offices are open and staffed all summer long.

Any permanent change (moving to a new home, etc.) is handled though the main office of the school your child attends. Please do NOT wait until the 1st day of school to notify us of any permanent changes.

Please know we will go that extra mile to keep your child in the most proficient, professional and caring hands in the world.

Your support is invaluable to us and without it our team would not be whole.

Annette Nelson

Transportation Supervisor
(716) 532-3325 ext. 6601
msnelson@gcslearn.org

Charles Scanio

Assistant Transportation Supervisor
(716) 532-3325 ext. 6609
mrscanio@gcslearn.org

Pamela Zimbardi

Keyboard Specialist
(716) 532-3325 ext. 6600
mszimbardi@gcslearn.org

Safety Tips for Walkers

Walking to school is a fun, easy way to add exercise to the day, but it’s important to stay safe on your way there.

Safety tips to follow on a walk to school include:

  • Plan a safe route with your parents.
  • Don’t take shortcuts.
  • Students should walk with a friend.
  • Don’t push, shove, or chase especially near a street or the bus garage.
  • Wear bright colored clothes or jacket.
  • Watch for cars at every driveway and intersection.
  • Do not text while walking.
  • Do not accept rides unless arranged by a parent or guardian.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reach someone in the Transportation Department before 8:00 a.m.?
Yes! The transportation office is staffed during the school year from 5:45 AM to 4:30 PM. Call us @ 532-3325, option 7.

Why is my child’s bus late??
We do everything possible to have all buses run on schedule every day.
However, the weather, traffic and other unforeseen events may cause a delay.
If your bus does not arrive at the scheduled time, please allow 5 to 15 minutes before calling the transportation office or the school.

Why does my child have an assigned seat?
The driver has the authority to assign seats as they deem necessary. Seat assignments are a positive way for the ride to be consistent and safe.
This also aids the driver with discipline.

Why can’t my child randomly get off the bus where ever they need to?
Students will be scheduled to be picked up and dropped off at home or the assigned stop every day unless a *Request for Alternate Transportation
has been completed and returned to the main office of the school your child attends.
Daily Changes will NOT be allowed.
This is for your child’s safety and to avoid the possibility of “losing” a child. Multiple changes cause confusion for the child (this is particularly true for
K-4 Elementary School Students), the bus driver and office staff. The irregular schedule with day to day changes greatly increases the chances that
a student may board the wrong bus and possibly be dropped off at a wrong stop. This will be strictly enforced.
The bus driver requires a bus pass generated by the main office of the school your child attends to alter the destination of the student. The parent or
guardian should speak directly to the main office of the school your child attends.

Can I become a school bus driver ?
We are always looking for drivers. A Class B license with PS Endorsements is required to apply for a bus driver position. If you do not have the
required license, call for information on how you can obtain one.
Applications are available on our website or stop in to our transportation office at 9 Panther Drive, Gowanda.

How can we help you?