Wednesday, December 11, 2013
We have received several requests to review the bus route due to the length of time some children are on the bus as well as 2 possible extensions. I have written to the Ministry of Education and at this time they cannot complete a full review. They did confirm that both extensions are within their criteria, however there were concerns about the conditions of the road, safe turning points and the time needed to complete the run if they were to be included.
Neither of the extensions are currently viable as adding either would mean the first students would be picked up by 730am and the last drop off would be close to 5pm. While this is within Ministry of Education’s allowable time frame, I believe it is far too long for young children to be on the bus.
However, to ensure all children have a more fair time on the bus the morning run will be completed starting in the Kokatahi Valley. The afternoon run will remain the same. Tony has provided approximate times for pickups, however these may change slightly. If you are dropping children off at school next year, please keep in mind that the bus will have to complete a turn in the school car park at about 8:15am.
I will post the map with approximate times on the school blog so that you check times next year.
Sorry for the late notice, but I only received confirmation Tuesday afternoon.
If you have any questions please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a fun restful summer.