GREENWICH, Conn. — After a rough start to the school year with late and overcrowded buses, the Greenwich School District is adjusting the bus routes at four schools.
This year, the district adjusted start times and now all the public schools in Greenwich begin between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., which led to the problems.
"We recognize that the changes in school start and dismissal times would bring additional challenges," Greenwich schools said in a statement. "Our preparation and planning process for the new start and dismissal times was thoughtful and thorough, however, there were some challenges that were unforeseen."
Click on the school for a link to the new bus routes:
The Transportation Office is staffed with additional personnel from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 203-625-7443.
Greenwich High School's start time was moved from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. this school year. The middle schools begin now at 8 a.m., 15 minutes later than before. The elementary school start times are unchanged at 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.
The district will also review overcrowded buses to ensure the students riding the bus are eligible for service.
Construction work on Dingletown Road that is causing detours will be completed by the end of the month.
The Police Department, Traffic Department, Department of Public Works, the Board of Education - Department of Transportation, Communications Department, Director of School Safety, and the STA Company are all working together to ensure on-time safe arrivals and dismissals.
In addition to the bus depot in Stamford, new staging areas in Port Chester and White Plains were added to accommodate the additional buses required for the change in school start times. Times for bus drivers to report for work have now been adjusted.
Traffic patterns around the High School area and North Street areas are being monitored to improve traffic flow.
Also, the new 82-passenger buses are "grounding out" as they leave the Hillside Road exit due to the steepness of the drop between the road and sidewalk. It is taking five to 10 minutes for buses to exit. DPW is determining a way to mediate the clearance space at the exit.
Schools are not marking students tardy because of late buses.
Any concerns or problems with buses can be reported by:
- Click here for the link to report traffic/bus issues
- Calling the Transportation Office at 203-625-7443 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays
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