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A Note about bus stop assignments

The district is committed to assigning appropriate bus stops for all transportation-eligible students.

Many factors are considered when selecting stops, including availability of sidewalks, speeds travelled by vehicles on a particular road, and the potential number of students at a given location. While students have not been asked to walk far to their designated stops in the past, the budget that started with the 2012-13 school year included many reductions, across all program areas, including transportation. The impacts to transportation will mean that students will likely need to walk further to their bus stops, possibly up to a half-mile for students in grades 6 to 8 and up to a mile for students in grades 9 to 12. Students will be asked to walk from side streets and cul de sacs, up to main roads. Also, the number of stops will be minimized, so students will need to walk to a central pick up point.

We recognize that not all streets have sidewalks, some roads are curved, and some streets are narrower than others. Sometimes you might not be able to see your child from your home. We are responsible to create stops that are appropriate and consistent with our guidelines, and to do our utmost to provide a safe ride to and from school. Parents are responsible for the safety of their children to and from their assigned bus stop. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in providing the best possible service within the continued budgetary constraints that we face.

We know that no one is more familiar with your particular neighborhood than you are. If as you consider your child’s bus stop, you have a suggestion for an alternate stop, please bring it to our attention. If we can make an improvement in the stop location that is still consistent with the newly adopted guidelines, we will be happy to shift the assigned stop. Remember though, that sometimes a change that might be ideal for your child will negatively affect a larger group of students, or will require the creation of an additional stop, which is not consistent with the broader goal of consolidating stops. When the stops are determined, the District looks collectively at what works best in a particular section of a route, for the group of students in that neighborhood.

Remember that the setting of bus stops and routes is a fairly complex operation, and that it normally takes a few weeks into the start of the school year before the routes “settle down”. Please be patient, and know that we will make every effort to be responsive to your concerns. You may reach the Transportation Department by phone (439-3830) or by e-mail (transportation@bcsd.neric.org).

August and September are the times that our volume of calls and e-mails are particularly heavy. Please know that every effort will be made to respond to your concern within 24-48 hours. We remain committed to providing you with a positive Transportation experience.