First, thank you for your participation in the transportation survey we sent out in late fall. Your feedback and insight into your family’s needs were both crucial and helpful! We took all of the data collected and have been working diligently to make informed decisions on transportation options in our one-school, two-campus model.
We are excited to provide the following updates to our community as it pertains to transportation in the 2019-20 school year:
We can confirm that free bussing through the DOE Department Of Transportation (DOT) will be an option for eligible families in grades K - 6 beginning in September 2019. This free bus service will transport children from bus stops in the vicinity of child’s home address to his/her home campus, and from the home campus back to the assigned bus stop. While we have potential bus routes (and proposed stops), the DOT will analyze our student population and finalize bus stops and routes over the summer. Families will receive notification of that information in late July/ early August. Students who do not participate in bussing will still be eligible for metro cards.
*Please note that while 7th and 8th graders are still eligible for metro cards, according to DOE and DOT policy they are not eligible for bussing. 7th and 8th graders WILL be eligible for metro cards.
We are still researching options for transporting students between campuses on a private bus. Options include parent drop off at either campus, and a bus shuttling children to the other campus. While details of that option are still being developed, if this service was offered there would be a cost to families opting to participate.
Additionally, we are able to commit to the following programs to help families plan for the two-campus model. Programs will include:
Early drop off care beginning at 7:30am
After school care until 6pm.
As we have more information and developments, we will keep parents updated. We continue to be excited about the future at SBS/SHJS, and we’re thankful for your partnership!