More details released on B-P bus runs

BROADALBIN — More detailed information was released regarding the modifications being made to Broadalbin-Perth Central School District bus runs.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson sent out a letter to parents of the school district informing them of the change and what those changes will include. The updated bus runs come after an alleged incident that occurred on one of the district’s buses in March. The alleged incident that occurred on the bus led to an investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, but due to the Raise the Age Law, and under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, officials and the school district are prevented from discussing what happened, who was involved and any other details pertaining to the incident.

The updated bus runs are to help improve bus safety.

The letter states, “For years, Broadalbin-Perth has maintained separate bus runs to transport elementary and secondary students to and from school. In an effort to accommodate individual needs, we have allowed elementary students to ride secondary bus runs to school and before-school programs, and we have allowed secondary students to ride elementary bus runs home in the afternoon so they can participate in after-school activities.”

The school district began a pilot program on May 6 to see how the modified bus runs work. The pilot program will be run without additional buses or drivers. The district has allocated money on the 2019-20 proposed budget just in case more buses and drivers will be needed.

According to the letter sent out, the new regulations for buses are as follows:

Elementary students who normally ride to school with secondary students to participate in before-school programs will be picked up between 7:15 and 7:45. Program times will be adjusted to accommodate those times.

Secondary students who miss the bus during their normal morning pick-up will no longer be allowed to ride the elementary bus run to school. Those students will have to make other arrangements to get to school.

Also, secondary students can no longer stay after school, unless they are receiving extra academic help from a teacher. Any students who do stay after school have to wait in their school cafeteria until 3 p.m. or later when a limited number of buses will be available to transport them home. However, there will not be a 3 p.m. late bus run on Fridays. Parents should expect their children to arrive home later than normal when they stay after school.

Athletes who need to travel from the Broadalbin campus to the Perth campus for practices or games should ride the first line-up of the regular secondary buses at 1:50 p.m. dismissal. There will also be a bus that runs at 2:30 p.m. each day to take modified athletes who have to stay after school to the high school. This bus will only be for student athletes. Student athletes will not be allowed to ride on the elementary bus run. Once they arrive at the other campus, they will be supervised in the cafeteria until it is time for their practice or game.

“As this is a pilot program, we expect to encounter some logistical challenges that will need to be worked out. I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open, especially with your child’s principal and main office staff. We welcome feedback as we work through this pilot phase to determine how best to meet the transportation needs of our students moving forward,” the letter states.