Here are just a few reminders to help the school year run just a little smoother.
1. Morning Routes
A.) Please have your child/children at their pick up point on time in the mornings. If there is a morning that your child will not be riding the bus, please call the driver the night before or the morning of. Mrs. Barbie (town route) should be notified by 6:30 a.m. All rural routes should be notified by 6:00 a.m. Please see contact information below. This is a courtesy to the driver and a savings for the district.
B.) Bus drivers are on a schedule every morning. Their goal is to have your child at school by 7:30. This allows your child to eat breakfast or attend tutorials before class begins. In order to stay on schedule, when the bus reaches your stop, and your child is not waiting, the driver will honk and wait for one minute (total – not one minute for each child) before continuing their route. Once the routes have been established, a driver may arrive early but will wait until one minute after their normal time. (Example… if your normal pick-up time is 7:00 and the bus arrives at 6:55, the bus will wait until 7:01 before leaving.)
C.) If your child does not ride for 3 consecutive days without any type of notice to the MISD Transportation Director or your bus driver, the bus will not stop at your designated stop until we are contacted by you. (Parent/Guardian)
D.) Please have your child ready and waiting at the end of the driveway or at their designated stop on time and please remind your child/children to stay off the street and be standing in an orderly fashion while waiting for the bus.
2. Afternoon Routes
A.) If you are meeting the bus, please allow for the fact that your route will vary on arrival time depending on the number of students riding that day. (if one family doesn’t ride it may cut 20 minutes off of a route.)
B.) If you fail to meet the bus, if a kindergartner or younger student is being dropped off and the driver sees no sign of anyone being there or if a strange vehicle is in the drive that the child does not recognize – the child will be brought back to school and you will be notified.
C.) If your child/children will be riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, please send a note to the teacher and/or the elementary office so that we may be notified of the change. A child will NOT be dropped off at a different location without a signed note or a parent phone call to the school office, a parent call or text to the transportation director or bus driver.
D.) If your child/children want a friend to ride the bus home with them, you must first contact the bus driver or transportation director, to have it approved. This is due to an increase in afternoon bus riders. Upon approval, the friend must also have a signed note from the parents. This note must be sent to school for the bus driver the day of the ride.
E.) If you child/children attend Dynamite Daycare, or the public library, they will be required to go into the daycare or library before leaving with the parent/grandparent. No child will be allowed to go straight from the bus to another vehicle.
3. Morning & Afternoon Routes
A.) Due to liability issues of personal property, the school bus WILL NOT be driving down private driveways, with the exception of Hwy 82. This is not a new policy but will be completely enforced this year. If you feel your child or children are not old enough or responsible enough to walk their driveway, please make arrangements to meet the bus or have them picked up.
B.) According to state regulations, MISD will only pick-up/deliver students at their residence, grandparent’s residence, or a licensed daycare. In other situations, the student can be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop.
C.) Please remember that the school bus is to be treated as a classroom. The bus driver may assign seats, have cell phone policies, and will discipline as needed.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! If you have any questions or concerns, please call Susanna Fleitman (Transportation Director) at 940-736-0320.
Barbie Barnhill (town)
Pat Walterscheid (northeast/morning---south/afternoon)
Tina Bindel (south/morning)
Tanya Jones (northwest/morning & afternoon)