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Elementary Transportation Survey

posted May 1, 2018, 7:06 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated May 3, 2018, 4:52 AM ]

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Please help us to plan by completing the Elementary Transportation Survey for students currently in Preschool through 4th grade. Surveys should be submitted by May 16th, even if you are not sure of your plans. This will help us to get an early start on route planning for the next school year.

*We are hopeful that with enough surveys submitted, we may be able create a plan to shrink our current walk zones!

It is helpful if you submit one form per child, especially if they have different transportation plans/needs/buildings.  

Q:  What if I'm not sure what I'm doing next year for transportation?
A:  We just need your best guess at this point. You'll be able to change plans before school starts, so don't worry about being locked in to the plan you submit today.

Q:  What if my student is in the MH unit and has unique transportation needs?
A:  You can still fill out the form, just use the "Other" spot to write in any special transportation needs.  We'll be working directly with our MH student families.

Q:  I have several children that will be attending different elementary buildings next year. Will they be riding different buses?
A:  No. Elementary siblings in the same household will ride the same bus together. The bus will stop at the closest geographic school first, then rotate to the other elementary buildings. Students not attending that school will simply stay on the bus till it rotates to their building.  

Q:  I'm worried my Kindergarten/1st/2nd grade child won't know to get off the bus at the right school building. Will there be someone there to help make sure they get off at the right time?
A:  Yes. We will have staff on hand to help. Also, each bus driver will have a list of students for their bus, along with their building assignments.  

Q:  What if I don't want to fill out the survey before I know how long my child's bus ride will be?
A:  Well, we're in a little bit of a pickle then.  The only way we can get you the most accurate estimates of time is to get a high percentage of surveys completed.  Please remember, you are not locked in to your responses. You'll have time to change your decisions well before the school year begins.

Q:  What if I am in a walk zone for an elementary, but it's not the right one for my child?
A:  Your child would still walk to your walk-zone school, then catch an assigned bus leaving at 8:40 for a short ride to their correct school.

Q:  What happens when school lets out?
A:  The entire process reverses completely.  We'll have a 30 minute window (3:30 to 4:00 approximately) to allow time for buses to rotate buildings and for parents who may need to pick up children a different buildings.

Q:  What will the students do while the buses are rotating buildings before and after school?
A:  There will be planned supervision and activities at both ends of the school day. In the morning we offer breakfast and the new schedule will actually allow more time for many of our students to eat breakfast.  

Q:  What if I want my older elementary child to ride the bus, but I would rather drive my younger child to school myself?
A:  No worries. That is your choice and one of the reasons we ask that you complete a seperate form for each child. We can work with custom transportation plans if we have advance notice.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at info@wilmington.k12.oh.us