As Johnson County School District #1 moves forward with transportation through this delicate time, JCSD#1 is faced with many hurdles. With recent COVID -19 restrictions and concerns for health and safety we are also plagued with a lack of drivers to fulfill routing needs in Northern Johnson County and are having to eliminate 2 bus routes in and around Buffalo. JCSD#1 realizes the hard ships and inconveniences this causes for many families.
Not being able to fill open driving positions, reduces the number of buses available to transport students to and from school on a daily basis. School Buses are required to meet the current health order of “allowed people in confined gathering places” and limiting that space to 50 people, we are simply not able to transport as many students as we have in the previous years.
JCSD#1 will follow the public gathering order placed on school buses and the following from WDE:
Wyoming Department of Education’s - Chapter 20 - RULES FOR THE STUDENT
TRANSPORTATION COMPONENT WITHIN THE EDUCATION RESOURCE BLOCK GRANT MODEL
Section 7. Operations. (b) Transportation expenses shall not be reimbursed within the no transportation zone. The no transportation zone is the area encompassed by a 1.0 mile radius from school for elementary students and 2.0 miles from school for secondary students, as determined by the school district.
(i) A school board may, by official action each year, transport students within the no transportation zone if there is a barrier that prevents a student from walking to school or a safety hazard exists that could harm the student.
(ii) Examples include: rivers, railroad tracks, multi-lane roads with inadequate pedestrian crossings, or the lack of adequate walkways or pathways.
(JCSD#1 – elementary students grades k-5, secondary grades 6-12)
In previous years without COVID restrictions and the driver availability, Johnson County School District did provide busing within the no transportation zone areas under the above provisions of (i) and (ii) of section 7. However, with the lack of drivers, JCSD#1 simply cannot offer transportation services within the no transportation zone and must follow the 1.0 and 2.0 radius rules set forth by the WDE.
JCSD#1 is asking parents to please continue to check the School District Website as routes are still being determined.
The 50-person gathering limitation will limit larger buses to the driver and 49 passengers, two per seat. There will be no after school shuttles to clubs, daycare or group gatherings including but not limited to the following:
Johnson Count Library, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Buffalo Children Center, gymnastics, day cares, after school care places, etc.
All Students will be required to wear a face covering while properly covering their mouth and nose at all times while on the buses. No food or drinks will be allowed at any time on the bus, students will be required to wear seat belts if equipped and to remain seated at all times, seating arrangements may be assigned to help ensure the health and safety of students. School transportation is a privilege and not complying to these rules and the regular
set of bus rules, riding privilege can be lost.
State and County Health Departments are requiring District to follow the COVID recommended requirements in order to start school on time, if we do not comply, school cannot open.
JCSD#1 would please ask everyone to be understanding and please be patient through these very difficult and inconvenient times.