RALEIGH — The Wake County school board approved a new policy today that should make it possible for students to get bus service after-school to home daycare providers or relatives.
Beginning in July, parents can request that their children get dropped off after-school at any place that provides childcare, whether it’s a registered or home daycare center or a person such as a grandparent.
School officials have been reluctant to provide bus service to daycare centers that are not officially registered with the state.
The new policy doesn’t guarantee that parents will have their request approved. The location the parents want to use must be in their child’s school’s attendance area and along an existing bus route.
The request must cover the entire school year and not for one-time use.
Additionally, administrators may reject the request if they feel making that stop will increase transportation costs.
The new policy goes into effect for the 2009-10 school year.
But board members backed away from one change they had originally wanted in the new policy.
Board members had originally asked that wording be included spelling out that principals can allow students to ride a different bus in the afternoon for one-shot requests if they receive a note from parents. But the wording was dropped after principals raised liability issues.
Even without the wording in the new policy, parents can still make the request to principals. Officially, board policy says students can only ride on the bus they’re assigned to be on.
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