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
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.
An additional 7 drivers are available to cover routes starting Sept. 7, while schools extend hours to support families without busing.
Families who can carpool to school are encouraged to do so in light of anticipated busing delays caused by driver shortage.
Masks will be required for all people in the school setting (preK through grade 8) as we start the new school year.
We are facing a significant bus driver shortage this fall, which will likely result in busing delays. Route info coming Aug. 18.
Voters will be asked to consider two ballot questions this fall - one to replace the expiring levy and a second to help fund technology for kids and classrooms.
The school board is expected to vote on a masking requirement for preK through grade 8 during the August 26 board meeting (note date change).
All students in the district will eat FREE for the entire school year. Families still encouraged to fill out a free and reduced application. It's more than a free lunch!