SPS Cuts 142 School Bus Routes

This message was prepared by Naida Boyer, SCPTSA President, President@scptsa.org. 

Monday, October 18th is the deadline for the Washington State COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and Seattle Public Schools will be suspending 142 school bus routes. Possible disruptions might also occur in other sectors including staff, culinary services, and building maintenance.

Seattle Public School’s PTSA recognizes that this disruption will further impact our school community. Indeed, the lack of school bus drivers has already impacted many of our schools, students, and families.

Below is a list of all schools affected by bus route suspensions starting Monday, October 18th.

Despite the challenges, this is an opportunity to come together and show up for each other in the community. 

Here are some resources to facilitate coming together as a community to get through this challenge:

10/14 SCPTSA General Membership Meeting Recording: 

Access Passcode: 0V1=5^f5 

PTSAs can only be a community connector of individuals to transportation solutions. For liability reasons PTA cannot provide transportation. We can act as a facilitate and connector for folks who choose to make space in their vehicle for a student who needs a way to get to school, or volunteer to chaperone a walking school bus. Via social media or published surveys, we can create a way to build a community for our families to reach each other and support each other. It is important to encourage safe practices and community guidelines. 

Additional information we have learned since a Friday afternoon meeting with Ashley Davies (AEDavies@seattleschools.org) with the SPS transportation department include: 

  1. They are cutting routes using the racial equity analysis tool, and are currently cutting routes at Tier 4 schools. Most schools are Tier 4. This means that routes for tier 1, 2, and 3 schools will be prioritized, and should be continued.  For more information on the Equity tier model and methodology, please see this link, scroll to slides 32-38. https://www.seattleschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/20201209_Agenda_Packet-Posted-20201209.pdf

  2. Out of the number of drivers that they anticipate WILL show up for work on Monday, half of them will be used for routes for students who have transportation written into their IEP.

  3. They are trying to keep drivers for the buses for students who have transportation in their IEP as their same drivers. However, for general education, drivers will in many cases be driving new routes. Drivers will be practicing new routes this weekend, but weekend traffic patterns and weekday are different. So there is benefit to weekend practice but it is not perfect.

  4. If a family cannot get their student to school they should reach out to their principal so that they can access funds to make sure that students can get to school.  

  5. They are actively looking for more solutions, including the use of passenger vans. While the district has a sufficient number of buses, you need different qualifications for driving buses than you need for driving a passenger van.  

  6. As they bring back routes they will be using a racial equity analysis too.  They will bring back routes as they get drivers.  It takes about 4 weeks for a person to complete training to be able to drive a bus.  

The SCPTSA BOARD: WHO TO CONTACT LIST 

Contact me about:

Name

SCPTSA position

email

SCPTSA leadership

Naida Boyer

President: presiding official and representative of the council

WA state PTA issues

Romanita Hairston

Co-Vice President

PTA Conflict resolution

Kiani Pineiro-Hall

Co-Vice President

PTA Board governance

Heather Hart

Secretary

Brian Terry

Treasurer

Manuela Slye

Past President, Executive Board Advisor

Family Engagement

Sebrena Burr

Family & Healing Centered Engagement & Anti-racism, Executive Board Advisor

Reflections Program

Jennifer Sunami

Reflections Chair

Advocacy

Samantha Fogg

Legislative Chair

MemberPlanet, member drives

Melanie Jorgenson

Membership Co-Chair

PTA Equity and Inclusion 

Maritess Zurbano

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Special Education advocacy and inclusion, ELL 

Hodan Mohamed

Special Education Co-Chair

High school specific issues

Brian Duncan

High School Chair

D1 PTA questions and community

Christina Pizana

District 2 Director

D3 PTA questions

And community

June Nho Ivers

District 3 director

The following routes at the following schools will be suspended beginning Monday, October 18, 2021 until further notice.

SPS districts School General Education Routes
D1 Cedar Park 600, 601
D1 Hazel Wolf K-8 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522
D1 Loyal Heights 764
D1 North Beach 726
D1 Wedgwood 673, 674, 675
D1 Whitman 454, 455
D2 B.F. Day 669, 670, 671
D2 Cascadia 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692
D2 Daniel Bagley 719, 720
D2 Green Lake 703, 704, 705
D2 Greenwood 710
D2 John Stanford Internal 642, 643
D2 McDonald 645, 646, 647
D2 Sacajawea 768
D2 Whittier 617, 618
D2 Hamilton 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498
D2 Robert Eagle Staff 418, 419, 420, 422, 423
D2 Lincoln 1012, 1013
D3 Bryant 736, 737
D3 Decatur 638, 639, 640
D3 Laurelhurst 751, 752
D3 McGilvra 787, 788
D3 Montlake 733, 734
D3 Thornton Creek 602, 603, 604, 605
D3 TOPS K-8 573, 574, 575, 576, 577, 578
D3 View Ridge 695, 697
D3 Eckstein 481, 482, 483
D4 Adams 701
D4 Catherine Blain K-8 596
D4 Coe 743
D4 John Hay 722, 723, 724
D4 Lawton 607, 608
D4 Magnolia 595
D4 McClure 314, 476, 477, 478, 479
D4 Queen Anne 631, 632, 633
D4 Salmon Bay 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536
D4 West Woodland 745
D4 Ballard 1007
D5 Stevens 784
D6 Alki 706, 707
D6 Arbor Heights 610, 611, 612
D6 Fairmont Park 621, 622, 623, 624, 625
D6 Gatewood 759
D6 Genesee Hill 774
D6 Lafayette 636, 637
D6 Pathfinder K-8 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566
D6 Madison 432, 433, 434, 435, 436
D7 Orca K-8 583

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