Below are some of the most frequently asked questions of the Wentzville Transportation Department. Each of these responses are brief in nature. If you would like a more detailed explanation, please call or email:
David Wilson (636-327-3860 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christy Cameron (636-327-3860 or email@example.com).
How do we establish routes?
Routes are established based on recommendations by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as well as our school district Board of Education policies. In the Wentzville School District, students can walk up to one mile to school or their bus stop. The average district walk distance from a child's home to his or her bus stop is about two-tenths of a mile. Full size buses are not to enter cul-de-sacs or dead end streets.
Why don't we publish bus stops in the newspaper?
Our district believes that mailing each student's individual information is more personal and informative than publishing generic routes in the paper. Because we utilize a sophisticated routing software package, we are able to assign every student to a specific bus stop for maximum safety purposes. We feel this is the most effective and safest way to schedule bus stops for our students.
I live in a new subdivision, when will transportation come into my subdivision?
Transportation is provided to new subdivisions when the construction has progressed enough to allow the buses to travel safely through the streets without maneuvering through large construction equipment.
Why doesn't the bus come into my court?
This is one of the recommendations from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Courts are dangerous because of the large number of small children that play in courts. If basketball goals or vehicles are parked in the courts, there may not be enough room for the bus to successfully turn around without having to back up. Backing up can be dangerous in a school bus, especially if a small child were to run into the court. Backing up often results in accidents causing damage to the buses, personal vehicles, mailboxes and basketball goals.
When does the district change bus stops?
Bus stops are changed regularly to provide the most efficient routes possible. Major changes are implemented during the summer. However, if a problem or safety issue arises during the school year, immediate changes may be necessary.
If my child is on intra-district transfer and a bus goes past my house, why can't my child ride?
If parents choose to place their children in a school outside of their home school attendance area, transportation is the responsibility of the parent. School buses pass hundreds of homes everyday. Each time the bus stops, it increases the cost and length of the route. This is an approved expense for students who attend their home school, but the District cannot assume this additional cost for families who choose to send their children to other District schools. Nor is it appropriate to add time to the routes for the other students on the bus because parents choose to utilize a school which is not their assigned building. All of the current bus stops are at approved stop locations and seldom allow for curb to curb stops unless a child has special needs. Most children are required to walk to the approved bus stop location. Designated stop locations would not be feasible for students attending schools outside of the boundaries of their home school.
Why doesn't the Activity Bus come into my neighborhood?
The Activity Bus cost the District approximately $27,000 last school year. These miles and dollars were not reimbursed by the State of Missouri.
For after-school activities, the District cannot provide the level of transportation service that is provided during the normal school day. Portions of the cost for routes that take children to and from school each day are reimbursed by the state. The miles that we drive, as well as the cost of the Activity Bus, are actually counted against the reimbursement that we receive for the regular daily routes. This additional cost is what prohibits us from increasing the level of service of the Activity Bus.
Why does only one house in my neighborhood get transportation when the rest of us do not?
Transportation is provided for all students who live one (1) mile or more from school. There are several areas in the District where only one or two homes in a neighborhood are one (1) mile or more from the school building. If you question your home distance from school, please contact the Transportation Office at 327-3860.
The bus drives right past my house. Why can't the bus stop to pick up/drop off my child?
If we stopped the bus at every home that we drive past that has students residing in it, the buses would never get to school. In addition, every stop location has been reviewed to ensure that it is safe for the students who utilize the location. There are several factors that are considered when establishing a stop such as: Will students be forced to pass the home of a sexual offender? Is the street safe for students to cross? Is there good visibility in both directions for the bus and the other motorists? These factors would be very difficult to evaluate and secure if we stopped at every home.
My child says he can't eat/drink on the bus. Why?
Eating or drinking on the bus creates a choking hazard for students. When a driver is focused on the road appropriately, it would be very difficult to notice if a child was choking in his or her seat. The child may not be able to notify the driver which could be potentially fatal. This is an unnecessary risk for students and drivers to experience on a bus ride to or from school.
How do I appeal my bus stop location?
In 2006-2007, the District established a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to review appeals. The TAC meets as needed throughout the year and is comprised of the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, the Director of Transportation, four building principals, a bus driver and three District parents.
All appeals should be submitted to Director of Transportation David Wilson for review. Bus stop appeal forms are accessible via the Transportation department link on the district web site. The TAC assembles each month to review appeals. They will either approve or deny the request. The TAC has been trained and is knowledgeable of state and District guidelines that govern bus stop locations. Appeals can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 100 Logistics Center Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. Parents will be notified after the monthly meeting of the TAC decision.
Can my child ride the bus to his or her daycare/sitter a couple of days a week and then to my home the other days?
For the safety of the children, the Wentzville School District does not allow students to ride two different buses in the afternoon. This causes too much confusion for the drivers, students, and the teachers that are assisting students to the bus. Students must ride the same bus home everyday with the exception of a family emergency. Every situation must be approved through the Transportation Department or the principal of the child's school.