Wake County families may want to make sure their before-school and after-school care providers are ready to handle some proposed changes to school bus procedures this fall.
Revised draft regulations from school transportation staff would now require daycare centers and after-school care centers to have staff present to load and unload students. Approval of transportation to these facilities would now have to be requested and reapproved annually.
Those are just some of these proposed changes to policy and R&P that staff presented to the school board's policy committee on Tuesday.
Staff said most of the changes are being made to reflect the elimination of base assignments and the move to the new choice-based assignment plan.
For instance, policy now says that families whose transfer request has been approved can get bus service if their school is on their proximity choice list.
The wording on ride times is also being adjusted.
Currently, R&P says the goals for maximum one-way ride time are 75 minutes for base elementary students, 90 minutes for base secondary students and 30 minutes in addition to the above times for magnet and calendar-option students.
The new R&P wording drops the word "maximum." It also says the goals for one-way ride times are less than one hour for proximity elementary and secondary students and 45 minutes in addition to the above times for magnet students, application students, students attending schools not on their choice list and students attending non-proximate schools.
Even though the wording for magnet students is being changed from 30 minutes to 45 minutes in addition to above times, staff said it should still be about the same because they're reducing the times for proximity students.
There's also additional wording in the bus idling policy to say that buses should not idle for more than 10 minutes to complete pre- and post-trip inspections. Staff said they wanted this in policy to be able to point to it to get drivers to limit idling.
The policy on contract transportation services is also being modified to say that it includes students who don't fall under IDEA or 504 plans. Contract services are provided to pick up students who for various reasons aren't riding regular school buses.
The board would need to vote on the policy changes.