RCSD looking for transportation for late registration students

Created: 08/29/2014 5:41 PM WHEC.com

Parents who waited until the last minute to register their children for school have the Rochester City School District scrambling.

Now, the superintendent says he’s looking for volunteer drivers to get kids to school until those children can be placed on buses.

The superintendent says the need for volunteer drivers has gone down because district staff have been working tirelessly to make sure as many students as possible are placed on a bus list. But with so many kids getting enrolled late, there will be some who will need a ride the first few days.

Suzanne Remington has decided to answer the school districts call for volunteers.

“It only takes a little bit of my time, but it can mean all the difference for a child and for that child’s education to get off to the right start,” said Remington.

It’s a start that Remington wants to help students achieve. With seventeen grandchildren, she knows how critical school attendance is. That’s why she’s offering her time to drive kids to school if they need a ride. She’s one of numerous volunteers to reach out after the RCSD asked for the public’s help. With hundreds of kids being enrolled just days before classes start, it’s unlikely they will all get on a bus list for the first few days.

“We are able to accommodate all of our students that we know of, probably, up to today. The challenge will be for students that are registering for Tuesday,” said Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.

Superintendent Vargas says the district won’t allow just anyone to drive the kids to school. They will first need to have a proven track record of safety within the district.

“That is important. We are not taking anyone who calls and says ‘I want to help.’ We are starting with ourselves in the central office first,” said Superintendent Vargas.

We’re told two people will be present in the cars at all times.

“There are safety concerns that are certainly important, and, as it happens, I’m already a volunteer in the Rochester City School District, so they already have an awareness of my background,” said Remington.

The superintendent says volunteers will only be driving the students to school as a last resort and only with parental consent.

If family and friends aren’t available, the district does offer bus passes for parents to take their kids to school. If that doesn’t work, only then will volunteer drivers be considered.

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