KCS explores possible changes to bus schedule for 2019-2020

KCS explores possible changes to bus schedule for 2019-2020
Posted on 05/06/2019
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 Kannapolis City Schools is looking at possible changes to its bus transportation system for the 2019-2020 school year. The potential changes would help many students get home sooner in the afternoon and shorten the total amount of time that buses are on the road.  

 

As part of exploring possible changes for 2019-2020, KCS is seeking input from families and staff before it makes a final decision. The district has created a brief survey where people can give their thoughts about the proposed transportation changes. A link for the survey is at the bottom of this page.

 

The changes being considered for the 2019-2020 school year involve buses transporting more students at the same time. Currently, KCS has a wide range of start times for its schools. Kannapolis Middle School, for example, starts at 7:15 a.m. while all KCS elementary schools begin at 8:45 a.m. That large gap of 90 minutes would be shortened by the possible changes being considered for the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

Under the proposed plan, KCS would use part of its bus fleet to transport high school and middle school students at the same time. By partially overlapping the high school and middle school bus routes, KCS would be able to shorten the amount of time that buses are on the road and get students to and from school sooner. It also would mean that, in some cases, high school and middle school students would ride the same bus at the same time. After buses finish taking high school and middle school students to school, they would begin transporting elementary students. The new plan would shave about thirty minutes off the gap that currently exists in KCS bell schedules. It also would mean that most students—including all elementary children—would get home earlier each afternoon.

 

Below is a chart that shows what the district is considering for the 2019-2020 school year. The bell times for the 2019-2020 school year are approximate because the district is still working to finalize any possible changes. It has not made a final decision about moving to a new transportation system.

 

Current Bell Schedule

 

2019-2020 Proposed Bell Schedule

(Approximate)

School

Start Time

Dismissal Time

 

School

Start Time

Dismissal Time

KMS

7:15 a.m.

1:55 p.m.

 

KMS

7:15 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

A.L. Brown HS

8:00 a.m.

2:55 p.m.

 

 

A.L. Brown HS

7:45 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

Elementary Schools

8:45 a.m.

3:40 p.m.

 

Elementary Schools

8:15 a.m.

3:15 p.m.

 

According to superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell, the proposed plan would address concerns from KCS families and staff. “We know the late start time of our elementary schools is not ideal, and we would like to make it better. It’s hard for families who need to be at work by 8:00 a.m., and it takes elementary teacher assistants out of our classrooms for long periods of time if they have to drive buses. Going to the proposed bus system would help solve these issues and make our bus system more efficient.”

 

As with most NC school districts, KCS teacher assistants often are needed to drive buses when other drivers are not available. With the current KCS bus system, elementary teacher assistants who drive buses have to leave their classrooms more than two hours before school ends in order to transport middle school students home from school. That severely limits the amount of time they can spend working with students on instruction. If KCS goes to the new proposed bus system, teacher assistants would be able to stay in their classrooms longer each day before beginning their bus driving duties. It also would mean that elementary and high school students would get home earlier each afternoon.

 

If KCS moves to an earlier start and dismissal time for elementary schools, it still plans to make its low-cost Before School Care program available to elementary families.

 

“We are working hard to meet the needs of our families and our staff,” said Dr. Chip Buckwell, “but we also want to make sure we get input from the people who would be affected by a change in our transportation system.”

 

Anyone who wants to share thoughts about the proposed transportation plan can use the link below to take a brief survey:

KCS TRANSPORTATION PLAN SURVEY

 

 

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