June 27 will be a big day for Wake County families to find out about bus routes and to request alternate stops or to ask for transportation if they got a transfer.
The Wake County school system announced Thursday that 2014-15 bus routes for year-round schools will be available online June 27 – the week before the new school year begins. Go to bit.ly/1nyD9ab to view the routes, including finding which stop is closest to your family’s address.
That will also be the first day that families can request a change in their bus stop. Students are assigned to a bus stop based on their home address, but families can request an alternate stop for before- or after-school care.
The Transportation Department will evaluate the requests for alternate stops to see if they fit on an existing bus route and that space is available on the bus. But Wake won’t add bus stops during the first 30 days of school.
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Also on June 27, students who received transfers for the 2013-14 school year and also had transportation can begin applying for bus service for the upcoming school year. Wake says these requests will be reviewed to determine if they fall on the existing route of a bus with available space and does not significantly affect other students’ ride time.
School officials say bus routes should be better this year because they’re now being handled by a central team of routing specialists. Previously, routes were developed by each individual transportation district.
As part of the change in routing, Wake is locking in bus routes a month before classes start. This means requiring new bus riders to request transportation by a certain deadline to be guaranteed service on the first day of school.
The deadline for year-round schools was June 6. It’s June 25 for modified-calendar schools and July 21 for traditional-calendar schools. Go to bit.ly/1hMF77p to request bus service.