Our work group met twice with a goal of identifying any safety concerns associated with changing the school start times as well as proposing solutions to address the concerns. This screen shows topics discussed during our planning sessions and all topics have been addressed in the posted frequently asked questions. The team generated a list of safety tips for students and parents, as you can see on the screen and the suggestions include: wearing reflectors at the bus stop and using a buddy system when possible while waiting for the bus or walking to and from the stop.
The group also spent considerable time focusing on the impact that civil twilight will have on students when they are loading buses in the morning.
Based on our research, our group found that because buses will begin picking students up at a later time, there will be fewer days when students can expect to wait for a bus when it is still dark. The blue bars in this chart represent the number of days students have or will wait in the dark for the current school year. The red bars show the number of days per month that students can expect to wait in the dark during the next school year. After reviewing and addressing each safety matter presented to our group, our committee is ready to implement the new start times and do not foresee any impacts on the budget.