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Transportation Update for Hybrid Students Returning in Grades 6-12

 

As your secondary students in grades 6-12 prepare to return in-person to Snoqualmie Valley schools (March 22, 25 or 29), please review the following important updates from our school district’s Transportation Department.  This information pertains to all SVSD middle school and high school students who opted for the Hybrid A/B Learning Model and who confirmed they will need district transportation service to or from school.

 

The following changes go into effect on Monday, March 22, when the new Secondary Hybrid A/B schedules will begin.  

 

(For details on how grade levels (6-12) and student cohorts (A/B) will be phased in for at-school learning, read Safe Restart: In-Person Learning to Begin for Grades 6-12 shared March 10, and watch for instructions from your school on new safety requirements and expectations.) 

 

Check E-Link to Verify your Student's New Bus Route

All secondary bus routes have been updated to support the new 6-12 hybrid schedules. The new routes are now posted in E-Link, our district’s online bus routing tool.  Families who requested district transportation need to verify their student’s route and bus stop location, before their first day back. Check E-LINK now

 

The new 6-12 routes were developed based on the Transportation Confirmation Survey that parents were asked to complete earlier this year.  If parents responded that their child did not need transportation, the E-Link route finder will show: “You do not ride” (like the example below).

 

 Snip of E-Link response

 

If your family previously responded that no transportation was needed in our survey, but your circumstances have changed, or if you are new to the district and need bus service, please email TransOffice@svsd410.org to make a request – include your home address and student name. Also, if you requested bus transportation but your student no longer needs it for the remainder of this school year, please notify TransOffice as well.  

 

Our Transportation Department will evaluate change requests on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon bus capacity.  They may not make a determination within the first two weeks back, however, as they will need time to assess student ridership and routines in order to assess true capacity, and may need to adjust routes to create more capacity where needed.  Your patience is appreciated during this time as we fine-tune bus routes. 

 

About the route changes:  Due to the ongoing bus driver shortage, lower bus capacities, and time constraints related to the elementary school schedule, many bus stops have been changed.  In some cases, bus stops had to be significantly consolidated, resulting in longer distances from a students’ home to their new corresponding bus stop.  In particular, bus routes serving Ames Lake Road, David Powell Road and Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhoods will see the largest impact.

 

All Parents/Guardians of students who will ride a school bus:  Please take a few minutes now to check E-Link. Make sure you know if your student has been assigned to a route (or should have been assigned to a route), where their new bus stop is located, and what time it should arrive. 

 

New Safety Guidelines for Bus Riders:

Please review with your student the new Transportation Protocols outlined in the SVSD Return-to-School Safety Handbook.  Safety precautions related to the pandemic include:

  • Each morning your student is scheduled for in-person attendance, your student’s health check and attestation need to be completed at home – prior to going to the bus stop or boarding a bus.
  • Students must wear masks at all times.
  • We ask that siblings sit together to limit exposure.
  • Some windows will be open for air flow, so be sure your student dresses warmly. 

 

New SMART Tag Service:

Improves Student Management, Tracking and Parent Communication

As our secondary schools resume in-person learning, your middle school or high school will be assigning each student who rides a bus a SMART Tag (card with a unique bar code). Eventually, your student will need their SMART Tag to board the bus. This new service enhances the way our Transportation Department is able to manage student riders, assign seating, communicate route changes or delays, and enable parents to track their student’s route.  The SMART Tag system provides tools for helping bus driver ensure students get on the right bus and off at their correct location.  To learn more, please read: New SMART Tag System Enhances Safety for SVSD School Bus Riders, which includes links to a flyer and videos instructing how to sign up for the Parent Portal.