This will be accomplished by shortening school by ten minutes for all 1st Tier Schools at the end of the day. That means if your school currently lets out at 2:07pm, your student will now be released at 1:57pm beginning on October 3rd. This will impact AESM@ L’Ouverture, Beaumont, Busch Middle, CAJT at Nottingham, Carnahan, Carr Lane VPA, Central VPA, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, Compton Drew ILS, Gateway STEM, Long International, McKinley, Metro, and Soldan.
In addition, Mallinckrodt will be shifting to a 9:20am morning bell, dismissing at 4:17pm.
This will accommodate another change, the sharing of bus routes between Mallinckrodt and Betty Wheeler CJA. This ten-minute window will allow busses to get from one school to the other. This will also begin October 3rd.
These changes should allow us to add between ten and fourteen bus routes and begin providing increased service to the eight schools who, up until now, have been disrupted. This change in times will also allow many schools to eliminate the overlap between busses and parents picking up. This is intended to improve efficiency on the school site, and hopefully improve on-time performance.
This process may lead to other minor adjustments in bus routes. Schools and families will be notified individually about anything impacting them.
Meanwhile, Missouri Central’s “Here Comes the Bus” GPS bus tracking app is also now available. Please see the attached flyer for “Here Comes the Bus.” This application will provide a real-time location of your child’s bus on a map. It will give both estimated and actual arrival times both at home and at school, and it will send both push and email notifications when a bus is near.
The flyer provides instructions on downloading and signing up for the app. Translations into several languages are available here: www.slps.org/busapp
It is our belief that all of this will go toward making the lives of our families a little bit easier, both through an improved flow of information and an increased efficiency in the use of our strained resources on the transportation front.
Once again, I thank you for your patience and support, and apologize for any inconvenience this transportation crisis may have caused.