Bus delays possible for JCPS opening day, new programs initiated


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 11:04 AM

(WHAS11) -- JCPS board members met for the last time on Monday night before the first day of school next Tuesday.

“Starting school is one of the most important things we do because we can’t wait to get in there and get learning,” said Amy Dennes, Asst. Superintendent.

One of the back to school challenges is getting kids to school.

“Bus drivers are coming in this week for three days. We have three days of simulation where they ride their routes and practice,” said Dennes.

Transportation Director, Rick Capel, said parents should anticipate bus delays initially. Students riding on a direct route could be up to 30 minutes late. Students riding through a bus depot could be more than an hour later than normal.

“It takes elementary around 2 weeks and then we're pretty well on time. High school, we are pretty much on time after the third or fourth day,” said Capel.

School officials are also touting a new, innovative program this year. They said it’s unlike anything they’ve seen before. It’s called Student Response Teams and is comprised of staff and faculty members who will focus on any student that may have an issue arise that can be an obstacle for learning.

“We have great hope that it can help some students who in the past might have been disenfranchised and might have had problems that left them to where they couldn’t achieve,” said Dewey Hensley, Chief Academic Officer.

School officials are also encouraging parents to get kids back on a school year schedule at home. Click here for more information on the district’s back to school website.