Placement Transportation Information - Syracuse City Schools

This information is for placements in Roxboro Road Elementary and Middle School, Solvay Elementary and High School, select schools within the Jamesville-Dewitt School District, and the following schools in the Syracuse City School District:

  • Bellevue Heights
  • Clary Middle School
  • Corcoran High School
  • Dr. King Elementary
  • Dr. Weeks Elementary
  • Danforth Magnet School
  • Ed Smith K-8 @ Levy
  • PSLA @ Fowler High School
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Frazer K-8
  • Grant Middle School
  • Henninger High School
  • Hughes Elementary
  • Huntington K-8
  • HW Smith K-8
  • Institute of Technology
  • Jowonio School
  • Lyncourt K-8
  • LeMoyne Elementary
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • McKinley-Brighton
  • Nottingham High School
  • Roberts K-8
  • Porter Elementary
  • Syracuse Academy of Sciences
  • Salem Hyde Elementary
  • Westside Academy @ Blodgett
  • Van Duyn Elementary

If you are a student in the School of Education (SOE) who is assigned to a field placements at a school listed above and choose to use university transportation for the Fall 2018 semester, you are required to register at the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service (located in 237 Schine Student Center) at or 443-3051. Please contact them at least two working days before your placement begins. You are not allowed on the bus unless you have filled out a request form and your name is on the bus driver’s list. The following information should be submitted:

  • Your name, SUID, mailing address, email address, and cell phone number
  • The course number and professor's name
  • Starting and ending date of placements
  • Day(s) of the week your placement occurs on
  • Starting and ending times of your placement
  • Ending time of last class before starting time of placement
  • Beginning time of first class after ending time of placement

Please be respectful and professional in all of your interactions with the staff at the Shaw Center. Once the Request Form is completed, you will receive instructions/directions regarding responsibilities for using the Shaw Center transportation, how to access Blackboard, and a safety card with phone numbers to call in an emergency.

To the extent possible, times for drop off and pickup will be consistent and will meet your specific timeframe, however, with the numbers of students from around campus using this service the scheduled times may vary, especially site pick-ups as the semester progresses. 

If you have questions or concerns about transportation after completing the forms and receiving instructions, please contact: or 443-3051.

For the dates that the Shaw Center does not operate, a separate bus specifically for SOE students needing to be in field placements will be in operation.  Schedules will be sent directly to students as well as being posted on Blackboard.

Bus Procedure

  • You need to check the schedule on Blackboard the evening before each day you will be riding in order to confirm the schedule times. The schedule is posted and updated daily. It is your responsibility to keep track of the variations to the bus schedule.  You can also check the pick-up time when you get on the bus. That way you know when to be at College Place and when to be outside at the schools for the pick-up.  

  • You will pick up the bus on College Place in front of Sims Hall.  There is a "Shaw Center / Say Yes / SOE" bus stop sign on the curb. Students must present their SU student ID when boarding the bus.

  • You need to arrive a minimum of 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time from College Place and from your school. The bus will not wait beyond the scheduled departure time and the bus will not come back to get people who are late.

  • If you miss the bus, you are still required to be at your field placement.  You are then responsible to provide your own transportation and assume the cost.  A list of possible taxi companies is provided.  

  • If you miss the bus in the morning, Birnie Bus assumes that you are not in your placement.  Therefore, you are responsible for contacting the Shaw Center and letting them know that a pick-up at your site is still needed. If you do not contact the Shaw Center, you will not be picked up at your site.

  • Students will need to make a plan ahead of time with other students from their same class for when snow-delays happen.

What happens when school is closed or delayed due to snow or cold?

School closed: The Shaw Center/Birnie buses will not run.

School Delay: The buses will be able to provide transportation on a limited basis.

  • If there is a two-hour delay, the buses will not operate the morning portion of the route, but will operate the later portions of the run. Students who are scheduled to be transported (based on the regular schedule) after the time posted on Blackboard as the “SCSD School Delay Start Time” will use the transportation system to get to their field placement schools.

  • If your regularly scheduled pickup time is before the SCSD School Delay Start Time posted on Blackboard:

    • SU students going to placement for the entire day (and their College Place pick-up time has been canceled because of the delay) will be responsible for finding their own alternate transportation to placement on snow delay days.

    • For these snow-delay days only, students who do not have alternate transportation can call and pay for a taxi/Uber/Lyft to get them to and from their placement. It is the student’s responsibility to get and save a receipt and bring it to Thomas Bull, 174 Huntington Hall to process the reimbursement.

    • SU students going to placement for the entire day (and their College Place pick-up time has been cancelled because of the delay) will be responsible for finding their own alternate transportation to placement on snow-delay days. Students may be reimbursed for the taxi on these days only if: 1) they have carpooled in the taxi with ALL students in their class going to the same school, and 2) have a receipt.

    • There will be NO placements for students who go for only the morning on snow delays.  We will treat this like a 1/2-day snow day. SU students who were supposed to go for a morning half-day will not go to placement that day. You will need to let the teachers you are working with know this ahead of time.

Buses will pick up from schools on the regular schedule in the afternoon.


If you have questions or concerns about transportation after completing the forms and receiving instructions, please contact the Shaw Center: or 315-443-3051.

If you have questions or concerns about your field placement, please contact either:

  • Amie Redmond, Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Services at or 443-2506
  • Thomas H. Bull, Director of Field Relations at or 315-440-2183.