Newsletters 2019-20 Focus: Back to school - Page 3

Transportation School buses are ready to roll Important school bus tips from the transportation department Safety is our first priority Anoka-Hennepin’s transportation sys- tem is nationally recognized as a leader in the industry with innovative solutions, using the latest technology for bus rout- ing and discipline issues. The safety record of our fleet is well above the national average thanks to dedicated, well-trained bus drivers, paraprofession- als, crossing guards, and traffic control staff. Our mission is to provide safe and efficient transportation to the students of Anoka-Hennepin schools. Bus information cards Bus information cards are mailed to homes approximately one week before school starts. The information on the bus card will include the student’s name, address, bus route number, bus stop lo- cation and bus arrival time. Please make sure your child brings this card every day. If you do not receive the bus information card in the mail, check with the school office. Schools will also have access to bus information. Bus information available online Student bus information is also available online at A-HConnect, Each family will have an A-HConnect account established for them at the beginning of the year. Login information will be mailed before school starts. If you do not receive your information or have questions, call the A-HConnect help line at 763-506-HELP (4357). Bus stops There are more than 17,000 bus stops in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. If everyone had a bus stop at his or her home, the number of stops would more than double and the number of school buses needed to transport students would dramatically increase, along with the time students would spend on the bus. Bus stops are designed to be collec- tor points for the neighborhood and to safely serve the students in each area, as well as any students who move in during the course of the school year. Why aren’t house-stops used for the vast majority of regular transportation students? There are two primary reasons: • The motoring public is used to seeing school buses and anticipates they will slow down and stop at intersections, so they adjust for that practice and are more cautious. The car behind, or approaching the school bus does not anticipate it will stop in the middle of the block. When the bus driver slows mid-block, many motorists try to pass the bus, putting students in serious danger. • Most primary-age student fatalities in the metro area that occurred at the bus stop happened when the bus stopped at the student’s house in the middle of the block. In reviewing the reports, many times the student saw mom or dad, the family dog, or a favorite toy, and ran to it with no regard to traffic around the bus and/or the “danger zone” that surrounds it. Experts have commented that children have a sense of security when they recognize family or familiar objects and all the training they have received on school bus safety is forgotten. For more information about buses and transportation, visit FirstView bus app Anoka-Hennepin families have access to their students’ bus routes through the FirstView bus app. The app monitors regular school bus routes in real-time. And, it’s free for parents/guardians and students. While Anoka-Hennepin buses have an excellent on-time performance record, inclement weather and traffic delays may impact routes. The FirstView bus app provides bus arrival times, anticipated length of |any delay, an estimated arrival time and if a substitute is driving the route. Email, push and/or text notifications can inform families of such information instantly. Go to to learn more or download FirstView from the Apple or Android app stores. 3