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Article: NWLSD Busing Information 2021-2022

NWLSD Busing Information 2021-2022

As we approach the upcoming year, we are putting plans in place to make sure that our staff and students remain safe. Bus safety has always been a priority, we want to make sure that our parents and students are aware of how we plan to move forward with transportation this year. 
Our parents are key players in helping to maintain the health and safety of our students. It is important that parents and guardians discuss and go over the safety protocols that we have in place with your child. The more they know surrounding best safety practices, the safer we can keep them. We have included a resource below that parents can use to discuss where to stand at your bus stop, the importance of remaining seated while on the bus, how to wait for a driver's signal before crossing the street, etc. Click the link below to learn more: 
Student Wellness 
Parents will be responsible for screening their students for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 prior to getting on the bus. It is important that our parents join with us to make sure this is done every morning. Parents can use our At Home Daily Wellness Check document to check for symptoms. If your child has a fever, or answers yes to any of the questions, please keep them home. 
Students will be expected to wear a mask and will be expected to social distance while at the bus stop. Upon entering the bus, students must have their masks on. Due to the number of students that have opted into receiving transportation, students will be expected to sit two to three to a seat. For this reason, it is important that students wear a mask while on the bus. If a student forgets their mask, a mask will be provided to them. 
Bus Arrival 
There is a possibility that buses may occasionally be delayed to school or home, especially the first few weeks of school. Parents can expect the delay to run up to one hour. 
We expect that our staffing levels may vary from day to day as we navigate our nation’s current health crisis. Staffing shortages may lead to drivers making multiple morning and afternoon runs. We ask that our parents remain patient as we make every effort to get all of our students to and from school in a safe and timely manner. Our building principals and staff are aware that late arrivals may occur; they will make adjustments for buses that arrive late. As always, we will communicate with our parents to keep them informed when situations occur. Parents are urged to download our MyStop Mobile App to stay informed about bus pick ups and arrival times. Information about MyStop is included below. 

Bus Sanitation
Buses will be routinely cleaned and sanitized daily and between routes. 
Seating Charts 
In order to carry out contact tracing, students will be assigned a seat for the duration of the school year. Students will be required to remain seated in their assigned seats on the bus routes to and from school. 
How do I find out if my child will have bus service?
NWLSD will continue to offer transportation to students that live outside of a one-mile radius. If you are still unsure of whether your child will receive busing please visit our website. To visit our website go to: NWLSD.org 
Click on Departments: Transportation: Scroll down to 2021-22 Bus Route Information
Or type this directly into your browser: 
You will need to type in your student’s grade and address including zip code, then click the Find School/Transportation Information button. 
Preschool students will receive bus service ONLY if it is a part of their IEP. Otherwise, parents/guardians bring their children to school for arrival and dismissal.
What can we do to stay current on information? 
We will continue to update our website with any and all changes as we get closer to school starting. Please check for updates frequently. To visit our website go to: NWLSD.org 
Click on Departments: Transportation: Scroll down to 2021-22 Bus Route Information 
Have bus passes been mailed?  When will bus passes go out? 
All bus passes were mailed out on August 10, 2021. Due to late enrollment or address changes, if your student is eligible for transportation and did not get a bus pass, follow  E-link for public schools for private school contact transportation at 825-4600 for busing information.
Electronic bus passes can also be obtained through E-Link. Click link below to access:
You will need to enter your student's GRADE, HOUSE NUMBER, STREET and ZIP CODE
What is the My Stop App? 
The Versatrans My Stop mobile app provides access to bus information and student ridership data. My Stop accesses GPS data and gives parents and guardians secure access to information on where their child’s school bus is and what time it is expected to be at their stop. The District can also send mass notifications to all subscribed users to inform them of general information such as school delays and closings or to subscribers by bus, in case there is an individual bus issue. Click below to see instructions on how to get started with the My Stop app:
Will NWLSD provide crossing guards? Where will they be located and during what times? 
Last year we established eight areas where staff crossing guards would be located. This year, we will continue to have these guards in place. Locations and times for each guard are listed below: 
  1. West Fork Rd. in front of school:  8:20 am - 8:50 am; 3:50 - 4:00 pm
  2. West Kemper Rd. / Wincanton Dr.:
(PRM) : 6:50 am - 7:20 am; 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
(PRE) : 7:30 am - 8:00 am; 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm     
  1. Pippin Rd. / Cranbrook Dr.: 
(PRM): 6:50 am - 7:20 am; 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm 
(PRE): 7:30 am - 8:00 am; 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  1. Banning Rd. / Memory Ln.:  7:30 am - 8:00 am; 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
  2. Memory Ln. / Jonrose Ave.:  7:30 am - 8:00 am; 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
  3. Springdale to school entrance:  8:20 am - 8:50 am; 3:50 pm - 4:20 pm 
  4. Jessup Rd. / Sprucewood Dr.:  6:50 am - 7:20 am; 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Special Needs Routes 
Special needs bus passes were mailed out on August 10, 2021.
If parents want to access bus routes online, they can be found by clicking this link: https://trans2.nwlsd.org/elinkrp/Search.aspx  Parents will need to follow these steps carefully in order to access their electronic bus passes for special needs routes. 
1: Click Here: https://trans2.nwlsd.org/elinkrp/Search.aspx
2. Select: Advanced
3. Select: Student’s grade 
4. Select: School 
5. Under Program:  select “SPED/SPECIAL PU” from the drop down box 
6. Enter your Home address: House number, street name and zip code. 
7. Select: Find School Transportation Info

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