In regards to the bus complaint…I should add that last year the bus picked her up at 7:25 to arrive at school on time. why the huge difference when going to the high school. may be we were the last stop before school and now we will be the first? This does not seem right. if that is the case, make it fair and be the last stop on the morning and the first in the afternoon so that not both bus rides are and hour and 20 minutes long

Written by on August 29, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Routing has the following elements which determine pickup and drop off, distance from home to school (for all riders on a bus combined, the bell schedule, the amount of time required for the bus to stop and pick up each child, space at the bus port, and what each bus is required to do after each leg of its trips to name a few. School buses do not travel from point A to point B; school buses are routed in a circuitous manner to allow them to pick up as many students as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. Our high school buses bring both HSW and HSE students at the same time. Our routing is designed to drop HSW students off first and continue on to HSE.  There are 57 high school buses that are required to arrive at HSW prior to them going to HSE. Approximately 20 of those buses arrive earlier than the others to make sure they are the first ones in so that they can offload first, go to HSE, offload there and then start the next leg of their assignment otherwise other schools would be impacted if these buses get caught behind the rest of the traffic.. Secondly, we can’t have all 57 buses arrive at the same time to HEW because that would cause a horrendous traffic jam which delay, buses, students and parents who are dropping off students from reaching their school in a timely manner.

While there are many factors (as per SED) we must consider, we do not use “fair” as a criteria. It would be humanly impossible to add fairness into routing and please the parents of 10,350 student passengers. The main criteria we use are Safety and Efficiency which we are obligated by law to follow.

Lastly, routing scenarios do change accordingly as each child moves from one program level to the next.