January 12, 2018
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The Rush-Henrietta Central School District is committed to providing safe and timely transportation for its students. We take great pride in the care and service we provide as we bus nearly 6,000 students daily. At the same time, we continue to look for ways to enhance our transportation efforts to better serve students and families.
When children in grades K-6 get off the school bus each afternoon, our current district policy requires bus drivers to make sure that an adult is present before the bus moves on to the next stop. Many parents have expressed that this practice is not necessary for a child in grades 4-6.
For this reason, the Rush-Henrietta Board of Education has approved a policy change that affects students in grades 4-6. Beginning Monday, January 29, when dropping off students in grades 4-6, bus drivers will no longer verify that a responsible person is present before the bus moves to the next stop. This person can be a parent/guardian, another responsible adult, or an older sibling. This change in policy does not affect children in grades K-3. These young children still require an adult to be present.
Parents of students in grades 4-6 who prefer bus drivers continue to verify that a responsible person is present when dropping off their child can do so by completing a form indicating this desire. This form can be found on the district website at www.rhnet.org/46request. This form should be submitted to the main office at your child’s school no later than Friday, January 26, 2018.
If this form is submitted and a responsible person is not present when a child in grades 4-6 is delivered home, the student will be returned to the school’s Cub Care Zone program at parent expense. Cub Care is our district’s new wraparound care program for children. For the convenience of Rush-Henrietta parents, as-needed care is available after school. The cost associated with this care is a one-time $20 registration fee, along with a $20 fee per day for each use.
We appreciate your continued support as we do everything we can to maintain safe, reliable, and timely transportation for your children. Should you have any questions, please contact Shirley Smith-Gravanda, director of transportation, at 359-5380.
Kenneth Graham Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent