Two mile limit enforced, even with hazardous conditions
By Elsa Maxey
With school days just a little bit over a month away from getting started and school supply isles already featured at many stores, it’s a good time to begin planning for the fall term by checking out what may be in store.
For example, Fort Bend ISD has implemented changes impacting bus routes for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. A look at the school district’s website will take parents to a section having to do with school bus service updates. But, there are those who may have already heard from the school district about bus transportation changes.
This week, parents of school children in New Territory said they are being impacted by changes affecting some of the children that attend Sartartia Middle School. This was confirmed by a letter sent to them from FBISD’s transportation department.
They are not alone. Apparently, some school children’s parents reportedly from Cambridge Park, Brandon’s Pointe, West Meadow, and River Glen also received a similar notification from the school district. It advises these parents of school children living within two miles of a school, formerly eligible to receive bus transportation services due to hazardous conditions, that the services will no longer be provided. They are no longer eligible.
The letter explains that an audit and attendance zone assessment was performed determining that certain areas with improved infrastructure no longer have conditions that are hazardous. It says that there are now safe paths allowing for safe passage to and from the schools. There’s even a WalkSafe program that teaches children about walking safely to and from school coupled with the importance of exercise and living a healthier, more active lifestyle.
But, for those parents wanting school bus transportation for their children, who are not eligible to receive them, there’s the pay for bus service option offered by FBISD. Service, however, is dependent on route and space availability, and requests are considered on a first come, first served basis.
The school district reports that post cards with bus route information should be arriving by mail by Aug. 16. It’s a good idea to check your child’s bus transportation status, because should you opt for paid bus service, the application process has already begun.