PENEDLETON, Ore. - Some changes in the school bus routes for students in the Pendleton School District.
Students who use school buses for transportation to and from school this year will now have fewer, if any, transfers between buses thanks to the collaborative efforts between the Pendleton School District and Mid Columbia Bus Company in the wake of new school start times for 2013-2014.
The PSD announced new school start times for the 2013-2014 school year back in May, which will allow students to spend more time in the classroom and afford teachers more opportunities for professional development.
The new schedule – which has students starting classes an hour later on Mondays – meant some changes to the bus schedules as well.
Utilizing the District's registration information, MidCo is now able to upload student information into its system and determine the best bus assignment for that student based upon where they live and which school they attend.
After Wednesday night's elementary open houses, when registration will be more definitive, the new bus routing system will be even more complete.
As a reminder, school start times will change this year, and school days will last 15 minutes longer than they have in the past. The change follows through on the District's commitment to more instructional time after it had to cut 10 days from the school year in 2009-2010 due to budget restraints. Those days have since been restored, and the District now has the opportunity to increase classroom time to help better prepare students for the more intensive rigor and academic standards of the Common Core State Standards and the Governor's 40-40-20 goal.
In addition, Mondays in the 2013-2014 school year will start one hour later to provide teachers with dedicated time for school improvement centered around state and District initiatives and time to discuss instructional practices. Several other school districts around the state, including La Grande, use this practice.
As a general rule, buses will run one hour later on Mondays to accommodate the new start times. There will be structured, supervised time beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the elementary buildings for parents who need to drop their students off.
New bus routes will be completed by MidCo by Monday, September 9th.
Parents with bus route/transportation questions at that time may email MidCo at email@example.com.