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Important BUS ROUTE information

Filed in Archive by on November 8, 2020

Important BUS ROUTE CHANGE beginning Thursday, November 12

There is an important change to your child’s bus route/schedule beginning Thursday morning, November 12, 2020.

Due to a shortage of bus drivers, your child’s bus route will be consolidated with another bus route beginning on Thursday. This change may impact both your child’s bus schedule and bus stop in both the morning and afternoon.

Bus routes where students are being reassigned include these existing routes:

  • BCHS Routes 14, 24, 70
  • BCMS Routes 71, 12
  • Eagle Route 55
  • Elsmere Route 1
  • Glenmont Route 57
  • Slingerlands Routes 39, 18

It is important that you visit Aspen as soon as possible to view any changes for your child. This message is only being sent to families who are impacted by any consolidation of bus routes taking place on November 12. Reminders about this change will also be sent via text and phone calls to families on Monday and Tuesday.

To find your child’s UPDATED bus route and bus stop information, look on the left side of the student file in Aspen, and then:

  1. Click on the Membership tab;
  2. Click on the Transportation tab; and
  3. Click on the Details tab.

Like many other school districts, a shortage of bus drivers has been one of the greatest operational challenges during the COVID pandemic. This change in your child’s bus schedule is necessary to ensure that we have enough bus drivers to safely accommodate all students districtwide. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Our transportation staff has taken special care to identify routes that could expand ridership and continue to maintain as much social distancing as possible. The district keeps track of ridership on a daily basis and monitors any fluctuations that could impact the rider experience. The department will continue to do so as it seeks to recruit bus drivers. You can assist in our recruiting efforts, too. If you know anyone looking to work in transportation for the school district, please share this information: https://www.bethlehemschools.org/bc-is-hiring-bus-drivers/

If you have questions regarding the change in your child’s bus schedule, please email transportation@bethlehemschools.org or call the Transportation Department directly at 518-439-3830.