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    Dear Parents of Kindergarten and First Grade Students:
     
    The current expectation of the Central Bucks School District
    transportation department is that a parent, guardian or responsible older
    sibling will meet kindergarten and first grade students for drop-off at the
    bus stop, or will be within sight distance. When no responsible party is
    available, bus drivers will contact the school and transportation office
    and return the child to school or to the transportation office where the
    parents can be contacted.
     
    For the safety of our students, the school board recently approved this
    procedure as a formal policy. Since this has been the procedure for
    some time, families should not experience any change in their drop-off
    procedure. Because bus drivers have been educated as to the
    formalization of the policy, some families may experience some initial
    questions from their driver.
     
    The intent of these procedures is to enhance the safety of our youngest students. Obviously there are a
    lot of dynamics involved in child care and supervision. Neighbors may provide child care coverage for
    each other as adult schedules sometimes conflict with bus stop schedules. Grandparents may be visiting
    and providing child care. There are many scenarios that can exist for child care, and it is sometimes
    difficult for bus drivers to determine who is an authorized caregiver for children when the standard bus
    stop “routine” has changed.
     
    The best practice is to communicate with your bus driver if
    a change in the bus stop child care routine takes place. For
    example, please explain to the driver if it is OK to release
    your child to a neighbor if the parent or older sibling is not
    available. Working and communicating with your child’s
    bus driver will help everyone add extra security for our
    youngest students.
     
    Questions about the policy may be directed to 267-893-4000 or through the website at www.cbsd.org/bus/parent_inquiry.htm.
     
    *A.M. Kindergarten students only have drop-off twice a year, on the reversed early dismissal days.
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