Archive for Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tonganoxie school schedule tweaked for bus routes

August 27, 2008

School day schedules are changing slightly in the Tonganoxie School District.

When school started Aug. 18, the school day ran from 7:55 a.m.-2:55 p.m. at Tonganoxie High School, while the middle and elementary schools went 8:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

Starting Monday, TMS now is in session 8 a.m.-3 p.m., while the elementary school stays the same.

That's because, with having the same times, students at the elementary school were waiting on buses that were coming from their pick-up points at the middle school.

TES principal Tammie George said students are not allowed to exit the elementary school unsupervised, so there were some students waiting, on average, 15 minutes for the buses to pick them up.

To alleviate the problem, George said assistant superintendent Kyle Hayden tweaked the schedule to allow more time for buses to get from the high school to the middle school and, finally, the elementary school.

"That should help us with that delay in buses," George said.

"I know parents were concerned when students weren't home at the time they anticipated," George said.

George also stressed that if parents of TES students have alternate pick-up plans for their children or any other change of plans for when school is dismissed, that they contact the school with those intentions.

"What our concern was sometimes parents will have a change in plans and will share that with the child," George said. "If they don't notify the school with writing or a phone call, we tell students they have to go their normal route home."

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