Steps to handling alternate bus stops in inclement weather
School bus routes in the hills are particularly impacted by difficult road conditions.
Some school bus routes have designated “alternate stops” that are implemented if road conditions are deemed too hazardous for buses to use the regular stops. We know that a short notice change in school bus stops can cause confusion. We are asking families to help us minimize the disruption by taking the following steps:
Know your route. Knowing ahead of time what route your student rides, the locations of the regular stop, and the designated alternate stop will help avoid confusion. You can look up your student’s route on the district website by entering your address here: https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/2270. The list of alternate stops is posted online here: https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/4051. Your school’s office staff can also assist you in determining your student’s route, regular stop and alternate stop.
Sign up for bus notifications. Use your PowerSchool account to sign up for late bus notifications. The alerts come directly from First Student and will indicate when the alternate stops for your route have been activated. Through a guardian PowerSchool account, notifications can be set up to go out via text and/or email. Through a student PowerSchool account, notifications can be received via text. A helpful tutorial can be found at https://www.k12northstar.org/cms/lib/AK01901510/Centricity/Domain/1159/publicportallatebusnotification_0.pdf.
Make a plan. Decide how your family will handle the change to alternate stops and ensure everyone knows the plan. Some of our families have found using a bus deviation is a successful solution. You can submit a bus deviation for use on an “as needed” basis. A deviation can give permission for a trusted neighbor or family friend to pick up a student from the bus stop, for a student to walk home from the alternate stop, or for a student to ride a different route to a friend or relative’s house or other location.
Bring identification. Bus drivers are required to check identification for anyone picking up a student at an alternate stop. Please remember to bring identification with you to pick up your student. Please remind individuals approved through bus deviations to bring identification with them when meeting the bus.
These preparations will help minimize disruption when we must activate alternate routes. In addition to receiving the late bus notifications, you can check on bus status here: https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/2051.