August 4, 2021
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and getting ready for the school year. I have included information regarding food service and transportation in this newsletter for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.
Carter Elementary: Breakfast will be in the classroom and lunch will be in the cafeteria.
Kuehn Haven Middle School: Breakfast will be in the classroom for grades 4 and 5. Breakfast for grades 6-7 will be in the cafeteria from 7:15am – 7:45am. Lunch for all grades will be in the cafeteria.
Hill McCloy High School, grades 6-12: Breakfast will be in the cafeteria from 7:15am – 7:45am. Lunch will be in the cafeteria for all grades.
Virtual student lunches will be available at the auditorium doors on Monday’s from 11:00am-11:30am. Parents who pick these up for their students must give the lunch staff the child’s name and ID number. More information will be distributed by each individual school regarding breakfast and lunch procedures.
Montrose Community Schools has accepted a waiver from the USDA that is allowing us to provide free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students for the 2021-22 school year. No application is required this year to receive free breakfast and lunch. The district is encouraging all families to fill out an application because other funding for the district is based on our free and reduced counts. Free/Reduced Applications are available at each of the schools, the administration building, and online. The fastest way to apply is online at https://www.familyportal.cloud. There s a link on the food service page of our website. If you are filling out the form, please fill it out and return the form to the Administration Building or your child’s school office as soon as possible.
Lunch prices for the 2021-22 school year are as follows:
Carter Elementary High School/Middle School Choice
Breakfast Free Breakfast Free Breakfast Free
Lunch Free Lunch Free Lunch: Free
Milk is included with the lunch or is $0.50 if purchased separately.
August menus will be available on the website. They will also be handed out on the first day of school.
Parents can log onto www.sendmoneytoschool.com to view and deposit money to their child’s lunch account.This way parents can keep track of their child’s purchases and deposit money via credit card, debit card or e-check. If you do not use the online system, please put your child’s lunch money in an envelope and have it labeled with their name, grade, lunch number, and amount included. We will have some a la carte items for students to purchase throughout the year.
All children are expected to wear masks while on the bus. They should have their mask on prior to entering the bus doors. If your children are getting on at a group stop, please social distance from other families at the bus stop. We have sanitizer pumps mounted on every bus and we will be cleaning the buses daily. The bus drivers will also be deep cleaning the buses several times per week. We are also trying to keep the windows open as much as possible, weather permitting. Bus drivers will be assigning all seats this year. Families will be assigned to the same seat. The district will continue to follow any guidelines by the health department and CDC.
We have 11 bus runs again this year. Enclosed are the 11 routes, the roads these buses will travel, and approximate pick up and drop off times. Please note that we are back to the K-12 bus routes. Please remember to have your child at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to their pick up time. At the end of the school day, the buses will be lined up numbered 1 – 11. The bus drivers are very good about making sure they have the correct students on their buses, but it is also very helpful if parents review this information with their child and that your child knows their bus number.
The “transportation address” that the school goes by is your home address. If your child needs to ride the bus daily from a daycare, grandparent’s home, or other address, you will need to fill out a form to make that change with the transportation department. These forms can be picked up at your child’s school office. They are also available online under Departments- Transportation- Pick up and Drop off Form. Please have any changes in pick up or drop off to the school by August 17, 2021 so we have time to adjust bus routes. A new form needs to be on file each school year.
In an effort to provide an efficient busing system, we will continue with our “NO BUS PASS” system. With having a consistent “transportation address” for all children, this eliminates the need for bus passes. BUS DRIVERS CANNOT ACCEPT BUS CHANGES.
The bus drivers and I are working very hard to make this school year a smooth one. We will be strict on discipline when it comes to vulgar language and inappropriate actions on the bus. We have leased 11 buses for the school year. Please take some time to talk to your child about proper bus behavior and keeping our buses clean. We need to return these buses in the same condition we received them in. If your child does any damage to the bus or the seats, they will have to reimburse the school for the damages.
Security Cameras and Bus Radios
As in the past, every bus is equipped with two security cameras that can be reviewed to determine if or when disciplinary action is necessary. I would ask that you remind your child of this. We have digital radios in our buses for communication. The radios work great and will help ensure that your child has a safe ride to and from school.
Parents of Carter Elementary students
We ask that our drivers make visual contact with someone at their drop off location before letting your child off the bus. We understand that each individual situation is different, but please take the time to make sure your child’s bus driver knows who will be there to get your child off the bus. If there is not a parent/guardian at the stop, the child will be brought back to Carter Elementary. If you are comfortable with your child going home without visual contact, we will allow them to get off the bus without a parent/guardian present. To do this, you must have a written note on file with the school. A new form needs to be filled out each year. Riverside Trailer Park and Marshall’s Crossing students will NOT be allowed to walk home from the pick up/drop off location without a note on file. Forms are available at the Carter office or the Administration Building. The bus drivers and food service staff are working very hard to implement all of the new changes and safety guidelines. If you have any questions regarding the food service and transportation departments, please feel free to contact me at 810-591-8854. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Transportation and Food Service Supervisor