August 10, 2020
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 2020-21 school year.
Carter Elementary: Breakfast will be in the classroom and lunch will be in the cafeteria following the social distancing guidelines.
Kuehn Haven Middle School & Hill McCloy High School:
Grades 4 & 5: Breakfast will be in the classroom and lunch will be in the cafeteria following social distancing guidelines.
Grades 6-12: Breakfast will be grab and go as students enter the school and lunch will be a grab and go sack lunch prior to dismissal.
Virtual student lunches will be available at the auditorium doors daily 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.
Free/Reduced Applications are available at each of the schools, the administration building, and online. The fastest way to apply is online at www.lunchapp.com. There is 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. This will allow for more processing time and students will be eligible for free/reduced lunch sooner. The income guidelines are also included. You will receive a letter once your application has been processed. Your child will not receive free or reduced lunch unless an application has been processed or the students are still on file from last year. The 2019-20 applications expire on October 2, 2020.
Lunch prices for the 2020-21 school year are as follows:
Carter Elementary HighSchool/Middle School Choice
Breakfast Universal Free Breakfast Universal Free Breakfast Universal Free
Lunch $2.05 Lunch $2.30/$2.80 Lunch $2.30
Milk is included with the lunch and is $0.50 if purchased separately.
August and September 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.
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. All students will have their temperature taken as they get on the school bus. If the temperature is above 100.4, the child will be sent back home prior to the bus leaving the bus stop. We have sanitizer pumps mounted on every bus and we will be deep cleaning the bus after every route. 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.
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 there are bus times for K-5 and times for grades 6-12. 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. Please have any changes in pick up or drop off to the school by August 17, 2020 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.
Securitv 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