Concord School Board approves new school day schedules

New school day schedules approved

Safe, reliable transportation is an important service that Concord Community Schools provides our community.

Amid an ongoing bus driver shortage, Concord School Board members on Monday, May 20, 2019, unanimously approved a plan to adjust schedules for the 2019-2020 school year. The changes will take effect on Aug. 14, 2019.

In addition, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Concord students will no longer participate in late-start Tuesdays. Students will report to school at the same time each day.

A study of Concord’s existing transportation system began in the fall of 2018 as a way for the district to offer more consistent bus transportation for Concord families amid an ongoing bus driver shortage.

With the help of a consulting group that specializes in school bus transportation, a group of about 30 teachers, principals, parents, bus drivers, and school administrators reviewed numerous scenarios to improve the existing system.

The group determined the best way to solve issues including overcrowded buses, inconsistent bus drop and pick-up times, and the need to make double and triple runs — without cutting routes or expanding walk zones — was to shift school day start and end times to provide four distinct routes for bus drivers. The elementary routes will begin first, followed by junior high, high school, and intermediate routes, respectively.

BENEFITS:

  • Student schedules at each grade level will be aligned.
  • Improved consistency of bus arrival and departure times.
  • The average run time will be reduced from 31 minutes to 17 minutes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are we making this change?

For several years, we have been faced with the challenge of a shortage of bus drivers that has led to fewer available buses to transport a growing number of students. This resulted in a need to make double and triple runs to bus stops, which caused delays. In making these adjustments, we seek to provide a more consistent transportation experience for our families.

Will the routes stay the same?

Each year, we reevaluate bus routes for safety and efficiency. We do anticipate some changes for the 2019-2020 school year. That information will be available online at www.concord.k12.in.us/transportation the week before school starts.

Will this change the existing walk zones?

At this time we are unable to eliminate the existing walk zones. The current walk zones are ¼ mile for students in kindergarten through grade 6 and 6/10 miles for grades 7-12.

Will we have a late start day on Tuesdays?

No. We will no longer have a late start day. Students will start and end their school day at the same time every day.

How can I find out bus stop information?

The most up-to-date information about bus stops is always available online at http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=CCS1LLVAPGBH. Bus stop information for the 2019-2020 school year will be updated no later than Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

How will this affect the location of my child’s bus stop?

If adjustments to bus stops are needed, that information will be found at http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=CCS1LLVAPGBH.

How will this change affect the length of my child’s bus ride?

The average length of bus rides is anticipated to be 17 minutes. This is significantly shorter than in previous years.

Can I request multiple bus stops for my child?

Parents may request one bus stop for the morning route and one bus stop for the afternoon. This aids in the bus driver’s ability to consistently and safely transport students.  

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES

Effective Aug. 14, 2019

Concord East Side Elementary

7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Concord Ox Bow Elementary

7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Concord South Side Elementary

7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Concord West Side Elementary

7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Concord Junior High School

7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Concord High School

8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Concord Intermediate School

8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.