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WCPS transportation forms available

December 23, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County parents who would like to change their current school bus transportation arrangements based on recent changes to the school system's transportation rules must fill out a form.

The forms are available at schools, from bus drivers, the school system's central office and online at www.wcboe.k12.md.us, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said.

Any parent who would like to change where their children get on and off the school bus must fill out the form.

"Parents who are not requesting any changes to their current transportation arrangement do not need to fill out a form," Wright said.

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The school system's transportation policy changed before the start of the school year to restrict students to one morning and one afternoon bus stop. Those stops could be different. However, in November and then again this month, the Washington County Board of Education changed the policy to make it more flexible.

Students now are allowed two morning bus stops and two afternoon bus stops.

If parents want to change their current arrangements, the forms should be turned in directly to the transportation department, not at individual schools, Transportation Supervisor Barb Scotto said.

"No change of service should take place until they have received authorization," she said.

That could come in the form of a phone call or letter.

Scotto said she is unsure how many requests that officials will receive, but said there are about 1,000 requests already on file for parents who wanted students to be dropped off and picked up at different stops.

"We're going to handle these forms as quickly as she can," Scotto said.

She said a minimum of 10 working days should be allowed to process the requests.

The majority of families who had been denied under the previous policies and asked for two morning and two afternoon stops have been contacted and told of the new policy's terms, Scotto said.

"We reached out to them immediately," Wright said. "We could fulfill their requests now."

Washington County Public Schools transportation forms are available at www.wcboe.k12.md.us.

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