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Bus Route Stop Communication

Bus Route Stop Communication

August 2, 2022

 

Dear WCPS Families,

 

As we mentioned in a previous communication, for the past several years, WCPS and school districts across the nation have experienced a significant shortage of bus drivers to transport students. WCPS has worked tirelessly and aggressively to recruit and train bus drivers during the past few years, including offering sign-on bonuses for new drivers and referral bonuses for current WCPS employees who refer new drivers to us. In addition, we have consistently lobbied our legislators for full funding of transportation while simultaneously advertising our wage increases and competitive benefits package.    

 

Although our efforts have yielded several new bus drivers, we continue to experience a significant shortfall. In response to this recent trend, our Transportation Department has explored all options for how best to continue the safe transport of students with a shortage of bus drivers. As we mentioned in our last correspondence, in an effort to limit continued disruptions in the transport of our students, we have been forced to make the difficult decision to restructure our existing services for the upcoming 2022-23 school year and establish designated bus route stops in certain neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs. Impacted families will be responsible for getting their children to the bus route stops in the morning and home from the stops in the afternoon. Children in kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult, older sibling, or designated caregiver (at least 12 years of age or older) while waiting at the bus stop in the morning, and an adult, older sibling or designated caregiver (at least 12 years of age or older) must be at the designated bus stop to greet the kindergarten student as he/she exits the bus in the afternoon. Please note that families with children in our WCPS Preschool program will receive separate correspondence detailing specifics regarding transportation for preschool students. 

 

The links for the designated neighborhood and cul-de-sac bus route stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times (for each stop) for the 2022-2023 school year are listed below.  Please note that families have the option to select the bus stop most convenient to their home. In addition, bus driver names & bus numbers are subject to change as we continue to coordinate driver schedules. You will need to click on the bus icons that are near your residence to see the route stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times:

 

Greenwood High School and Greenwood High School Feeder Schools click here.

South Warren High School and South Warren High School Feeder Schools click here.

Warren Central High School and Warren Central Feeder Schools click here.

Warren East High School and Warren East Feeder Schools click here.

 

Also, this information is posted on our district’s social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and on our district website (www.warrencountyschools.org). Bus route stops will be marked with signage to help students easily find their route stop. We have included “Frequently Asked Questions'' to provide you with additional clarity and after reviewing this document, please direct any additional questions or concerns to Warren County Public Schools Transportation Department at 270-842-8311 or email:

 

Greenwood High School and Greenwood Feeder Schools Area Managerdevonna.driver@warren.kyschools.us

South Warren High School and South Warren Feeder Schools Area Interim Managerdevonna.driver@warren.kyschools.us

Warren Central High School and Warren Central Feeder Schools Area Managerjohn.tedder@warren.kyschools.us

Warren East High School and Warren East Feeder Schools Area Manager:

edie.lowe@warren.kyschools.us

 

For our families who have children in elementary school (kindergarten through 6th grade only) and need to be at work by 8:00 a.m., our elementary schools will be providing limited opportunities for K-6 grade students to be dropped off early at school by completing and submitting the following form which will be reviewed and approved by the school principal: https://bit.ly/EarlyDrop-OffForm. Due to their early start times, early drop-off will not be available at Bristow Elementary, Lost River Elementary, our middle schools or our high schools. The deadline for this form to be completed is this Friday, August 5, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. It should be noted that the early drop-off time at the elementary schools is promptly at 7:30 a.m. and early drop-off will begin on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 10, 2022. 

 

We are also encouraging all WCPS families that are able to provide transportation for their children to and/or from school to please consider helping us by arranging transportation for your child(ren). In addition, if any of you would like to be a member of Team WCPS by becoming a bus driver, you can click here to learn more about available bus driver positions. We would love to have you as a member of our incredible team!

 

I hope you enjoy the remaining weeks of our summer break and thank you for your continued support of WCPS as we look forward to seeing all of our students on August 10th!

 

Respectfully,

 

Rob Clayton

WCPS Superintendent

 

WCPS Student Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why is WCPS Transportation no longer providing door-to-door service for my child?

Door-to-door service is not required by state regulation. It is the responsibility of the school district to provide safe and efficient transportation to the students. With the significant shortage in bus drivers, this was the most efficient way to modify our routes to limit disruptions in transporting students.

I cannot see my child’s bus stop from the house. Are there state laws that set the standards for bus stop locations?

The law does not require a parent to see the bus stop from home. Students in Kentucky may be assigned to a bus stop up to one mile from their home.  We encourage parents to accompany their children to the bus stop whenever possible. Bus stop locations take into consideration many safety aspects of the area.

I work and cannot pick my child up from the bus stop. Can the driver drop them off at our home or change the time they drop off my child?

School bus stops are placed for safety and efficiency purposes. While we understand the location and schedule may be inconvenient, proper supervision shall be provided by the parent or designee before the bus picks up a child and after the bus drops off the child. Siblings and caregivers ages 12+ may accompany kindergarten students.

I have small children and cannot get to the bus stop to drop off or pick up my child. Can the bus pick up and drop off my child at home?

Each child must be picked up at their designated stop. While we understand the location and schedule may be inconvenient, proper supervision shall be provided by the parent or designee before a bus picks up a child and after the bus drops off the child.

Are sidewalks required for my child to get to his/her bus stop?

Many students walk alongside roadways to reach their bus stop and in some instances, no sidewalks exist. While we understand this may be of concern in some situations, the Department of Education does not promulgate bus stop placement.  Issues relating to where a child’s bus stop is located and safety concerns along the way to the bus stop must be addressed with the local district in which you reside.

How can I be reimbursed for transporting my child?

As a parent, if you are transporting your child and they are eligible for transportation, you should contact your local school district and request transportation. Parents are not afforded the option of being paid for transporting their child when service is provided by the district, but is not accepted by the parent.

I want my child to wait inside of my house until the bus is at the stop. Why do they have to go to the designated stop?

Students should be waiting at their bus stop five minutes before the expected arrival of the school bus. Bus drivers count the students at the bus stop before they load (and as they get on the bus) to ensure all students are accounted for and are safely on board. If students are not waiting at the bus stop, the bus driver cannot count them and cannot be certain all students are all safely on board. Waiting at the bus stop before the bus arrives ensures that no one chases after the bus. It is dangerous to chase after the bus and may cause injury or even death to a student.

My child missed the bus and I took them to another stop. I was told this was not allowed. Is that correct?

That is correct. Like a classroom, each stop has designated students. If your child missed the bus, they should be driven to school, not to another stop.

The bus driver wouldn’t let me on the bus to talk to my child or to the driver/bus monitor. Why?

A parent should never enter the school bus without the direct written consent of the school district superintendent. Any issues or complaints should be directed to the transportation director or their designee. The school bus is a safe zone for students and only those with proper authorization will be allowed. Attempts to enter or delay the school bus will cause other students to wait longer and may even put them in danger. The school bus is an extension of the classroom and all rules of the school apply on the school bus as well.

My child has an I.E.P. but front door residential transportation is not being provided. Why is this?

A student who has an I.E.P. does not automatically receive transportation unless the I.E.P. team deems it necessary and writes it into their related services. If transportation is not included on the I.E.P., your child will not be provided special accommodations and will be transported as other regular education students in your district.

My child is in kindergarten; do I have to be with my child at the route stop in the morning and in the afternoon?

Yes. The kindergarten child’s parent is responsible for staying with the child as they wait in the mornings for the bus and as the child exits the bus in the afternoons. However, if this is not possible, another adult, older sibling or caregiver (at least 12 years of age or older) designated by the child’s parent(s) can accompany the child for both morning and afternoon routes.





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