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  • Transportation Changes for 3023-2024

    Posted by Carol Zent on 7/20/2023

    We hope this finds you well- the 2023-24 school year will be here before we know it! Registration for the coming school year will open on July 17.

    Additionally, district leadership wants to communicate changes to transportation services as soon as possible to give affected families as much planning time as possible. With the ongoing driver shortage, we are having to adjust our transportation services to better ensure continuity of services. We understand the hardship reduced or inconsistent bussing places on many of our families; it’s the unfortunate reality of inability to find more drivers. District leaders have spent the beginning of the summer studying ways to minimize the impacts to learners after receiving word which drivers will be returning this fall. We hope to resume our traditional services as soon as possible: we are currently twelve drivers short of regular bus services, down by more than half from just three years ago.

    Adjustments to transportation services for 2023-2024 include:

    1. Increased walk zones

    a. Elementary (grades K-5) walk zones will be increased from 0.9 miles to 1.0 miles, as determined by the district’s routing software. Any learners previously receiving transportation services living within one mile of their neighborhood school will no longer be eligible for transportation. Maps showing the adjusted walk zones can be found HERE.

    b. Secondary (grades 6-12) walk zones will be increased from 0.9 miles to 1.5 miles, as determined by the district’s routing software. Any learners previously receiving transportation services living within one and a half miles of their neighborhood school will no longer be eligible for transportation. Maps showing the adjusted walk zones can be found HERE.

    2. Adjusted school start times

    a. To maximize the ability of every driver to drive multiple routes, we will be adjusting the starting times of several schools:

    i. LE Berger Elementary will begin at 7:50 AM and dismiss 20 minutes earlier.

    ii. South Elementary will begin at 8:30 AM and dismiss 20 minutes later.

    iii. Harwood Elementary will begin at 8:00 AM and dismiss 10 minutes earlier.

    iv. All WFPS middle schools will begin at 8:40 AM.

    v. All WFPS high schools will begin at 8:25 AM.

    3. Adjustments to Special Education Transportation Likely

    Learners receiving special education transportation will not see immediate changes at the beginning of the school year, but families should anticipate potential changes during the school year. Any changes to services will be made with safety, efficiency, and individual needs in mind. Families affected by these potential changes will be notified prior to any changes going into effect.


    If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department.

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    Carefully transport your iPad to school every day. Do not put your water bottle inside your backpack unless you know for certain it is leak proof. Avoid placing weight on the iPad. Never throw or slide an iPad. Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. An automobile is not a good place to store an iPad. 

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    • When dropping off or picking up your child, please pull forward as much as possible in the lane nearest to the curb so we can get as many cars as possible in the lane at one time.

    • Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loop.  If you need to meet your child at the door, please use a parking space.

    • Kindly reserve the handicap designated parking spaces for those displaying the appropriate permit in their vehicles.

    • Remember that we do provide supervision at 7:30 am as well as after school in the drive-thru loop area.  Parents do not need to enter the building to walk students to class in the morning or when meeting them at the end of the day.

    • Remember to SLOW DOWN when school is in session. 

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