SCSD to Change Some School Start & Dismissal Times Effective October 25th

     Published on 10/8/21   Tagged under:    Clary Middle School    Brighton Academy    Dr King Elementary School    Ed Smith    Expeditionary Learning School    Franklin Elementary School    Frazer K-8 School    Grant Middle School    Huntington K-8 School    HW Smith K-8 School    Lincoln Middle School    Roberts preK-8 School    Syracuse Latin    Syracuse STEM @ Blodgett   

October 8, 2021

Dear Syracuse City School District Families,

Since the start of the school year, First Student, which provides transportation services for Syracuse City School District students in grades K-8, has been unable to maintain a sufficient number of bus drivers to adequately service the number of bus routes for our students. First Student has gone through an aggressive recruiting campaign to try to attract new drivers by offering increased wages and sign on bonuses; however, these efforts have not yielded the results needed. Therefore, we have been experiencing numerous delays in transporting our students to and from school.

In an effort to remedy this issue, we have looked at various options to try to assist First Student.  Our best option is to modify the start and end times at some of our schools. This change will enable First Student to have the proper number of bus drivers for their morning and afternoon runs, and additionally have extra drivers to allow for any absences.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some of our families; however, we believe that this option provides our families and the District with the greatest benefit for our students.

Effective Monday, October 25, 2021, the schools listed below will have their start and or end times changed to the times listed below.  Your child will receive their bus information the week of October 15th

Brighton Academy 7:45 am – 2:00 pm
Clary Middle School 7:45 am – 2:00 pm
Ed Smith K-8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)
Expeditionary Learning (ELMS) 7:45 am – 2:00 pm
Franklin 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Frazer PreK-8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)
Grant Middle School 7:45 am – 2:00 pm  
Huntington K-8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)
HW Smith PreK-8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)
Lincoln Middle School 7:45 am – 2:00 pm
Roberts PreK-8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)
STEAM @ Dr. King 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
STEM @ Blodgett 7:45 am – 2:00 pm 
Syracuse Latin PreK-8 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Elem/MS)


Jaime Alicea
Superintendent of Schools