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Prepare now for school schedule changes


The La Vernia Independent School District school day schedules will change for the 2014-15 school year, and the bus schedules will change to accommodate this.

The school day for primary and intermediate students will be 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Classes for students at the junior high and high school campuses will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Families of younger bus riders may find their students waiting in the dark for school buses to arrive, and may need to consider other safety issues, also.

Transportation Director Nancy Donica offers the following suggestions to help families prepare for the schedule changes, especially for younger bus riders:

¢Parents are encouraged to look into the security lighting programs offered by local electric utilities. This feature might not have been a consideration before this schedule change.

¢Be at the stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time for the first week or so to guarantee students are not missed.

¢A parent should be at the bus stops with young children, especially early in the morning. Parents may consider forming a group to take turns being at the stop in the morning. If the stop is at the beginning of a cul de sac, they might even wait in their car.

¢Everyone at the bus stop should be at least 10 feet away from the street. Students should walk, not run, and should not approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop and traffic behind the bus has stopped.

¢Under no circumstances should anyone run after the bus once its doors are closed and it begins to move.

¢Parents and children should always cross in front of a bus, not the rear, where they are not visible to the bus driver or other drivers. If you must cross a street to get on the bus, it is best to wait to cross until the bus comes to a complete stop, applies the loud air brake, and signals the students to cross.

¢Avoid the Danger Zones! (see picture) Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the “Danger Zone” and where the driver can see you.

¢A new program Infofinder i will go online at approximately Aug. 1, allowing parents to look up bus stops and bus times for their children. Changes to this schedule are possible all the way up to the first day of school, due to last-minute changes in student schedules.

A Transportation Handbook will be available online for parents, outlining safety rules and district transportation policies. Parents should cover this information with their students prior to the start of the school year.

“These are just ideas and a brief summary of best practices,” Donica said.

She added one last hint for safety in the darker mornings or evenings: A piece of reflective tape on kids’ backpacks goes a long way to identify a child in the dark. é a small strip is all that is necessary.

Donica can be reached at 830-779-3190, ext. 1.

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