Does it seem like there’s more traffic than ever this season? This season seems busier than any I’ve experienced in my 22 years here.
In any case, it sure takes longer to get from here to there. And if it is a problem for me (and probably you, too), then we know it could be a problem for our school bus drivers as well. So if your child is one of the nearly 20,000 Collier County School District students who ride a school bus everyday, I want to remind you of an easy today-kind-of-way way, using today’s technology, to learn if your child’s bus is delayed a bit on the trip home. All you have to do is go online to find out.
Late bus notices are posted, as needed, on the home page of the district website at www.collierschools.com. Just look for the cute little yellow school bus icon and the “Late Bus” notice link on the home page in the “What’s New” area. It should pop up on any afternoon that a school bus may be running more than a half hour behind schedule. Just click on the Late Bus Notice sign to find out if, by chance, it’s your child’s bus that’s running late. If more than one bus is late, a listing of the bus numbers that are delayed will be posted.
If an entire school dismisses students later than usual on a given afternoon we’ll post a similar “Late Dismissal” notice there. Parents have told me that they routinely check the website a time or two each afternoon to see if there’s a delay. Not a bad idea.
To learn more about the late bus notice service call us at 377-0180, or simply send an e-mail to us at the email@example.com address. Now, when you have questions about school bus service, call the Transportation department. And please use the number for the part of town you live in:
• For East Naples, call 377-1026
• For Golden Gate, call 377-1022
• For Golden Gate Estates, call 377-1024
• For Immokalee, call 377-1027
• For north central Naples, call 377-1025
• For North Naples, call 377-1023
• For south Naples and Marco Island, call 377-1021.
It’s not every day that a bus runs late, and your child’s bus may never be late, but I thought that knowing where you can check to find out if it’s late might be helpful — just in case.