Update on transportation challenges
Additional drivers available to cover 7 routes
We were notified by our transportation vendor on Sept. 6 that 7 additional drivers are available to cover some of our canceled routes. A direct communication has been sent to those families to let them know busing will be provided beginning tomorrow morning for the 2 APPLE, 25 FLAMINGO, 68 GLASSES, 31 HAMMER, 58 SNOWFLAKE and 68 TURTLE, 72 ZEBRA bus routes.
Unfortunately, we still have a number of routes uncovered at this time, including 5 BEAR; 14 CAP;
27 GIRAFFE; 41 MOOSE; 43 MOUSE (morning route available. No afternoon route); 46 PENCIL; 54 SCISSORS; 55 SEAL; 59 SPIDER; 70 WATCH; 73 UMBRELLA; 75 LION; 78 GUITAR; 79 PIANO. Families will need to find alternative transportation to and from school at this time.
The Moose bus will not be available to shuttle students between the middle schools and the high school at the end of the day for activities. Students involved in activities will need to find alternative transportation to the high school.
Schools to open early for drop-off for impacted families
To help families who are without busing, we will be opening our schools earlier for student drop-off. All district buildings will be open at the following times and supervision will be provided to students impacted by canceled bus routes:
- High School: 6:15 a.m.
- Middle Schools: 7 a.m.
- Elementary Schools: 7:45 a.m.
Schools have also sent out information to all families regarding special drop-off and pick-up schedules designed to help ease congestion. We know our schools will be very busy places and we ask that you do your best to drop off and pick up students during your allotted time, and to be patient as we know lines will be long. Please use extra care and caution in our parking lots to ensure everyone stays safe. Families are asked to pick up students as soon as possible after school. If you are unable to pick up your child by the end of the allotted pick-up time, please communicate with your school’s main office or principal.
School board to hold emergency meeting
The school board will be holding an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to discuss strategies to address the transportation challenges. The meeting will be broadcast live on YouTube and more information will be shared with families following the meeting.
In Other News
School bus routes will be changing for many students, and some school start and end times will be adjusted, as we continue to work to develop a long-term solution to ongoing transportation challenges.
The board wants your input as it considers changes to open forums and seeks new ideas for engagement.
Applications and affidavits of candidacy are now being accepted to fill a vacant school board position.
Stay up-to-date on the daily status of buses, report a late bus or submit busing concerns.
The district has two questions on this fall's ballot - one to replace an expiring levy and another to fund technology for kids and classrooms.
Supply chain issues are leading to some favorite meals not being available and numerous menu substitutions in our cafeterias.
Families must review the District Handbook and sign the Handbook acknowledgement form in PowerSchool.
District leaders are working to resolve ongoing transportation challenges by rerouting buses to focus available drivers, creating neighborhood hubs and exploring an adjustment of school start and end times to provide time for some buses to run double routes.