Students Limited To Single Bus Pickup, Drop Off Come September
In an effort to streamline transportation, the School Committee votes to eliminate multiple dropoffs.
The School Committee voted Tuesday night to make one limited, but significant change to its transportation policy for parents who have children in before- or after-school daycare. Starting in September, students have to be picked up or dropped off at the same location.
In other words, if your child attends an after-school program three days a week but goes home the other two days, you will have to choose which place you want your child dropped off – the after-school place or home.
If you choose the after-school program, you will then be responsible for picking up your child at school the two days your child is NOT attending the after-school program.
It's a little confusing.
But the old way – picking up or dropping off children at different places on different days – was even more confusing and left too much room for error, School Committee members said.
"There are safety issues," said Committeeman David Green. "We want to get some consistency."
A few people at the meeting had questions for the Committee before the vote. One woman wanted to know when parents would have to choose. Meadowbrook teacher Pam Mateer wondered if it was too close to the start of the new school year to make such a change.
Green tried to reassure those in attendance that the system will work as it has in previous years, with the same form that parents have had to fill out previously for day care transporation. (That form is attached here as a pdf.)
Members voted 5-0 in favor of the new system. Chairwoman Deidre Gifford and member Paul Martin were absent.