weather icon Clear

Parents urged to complete bus applications

It’s that time of year again when Nye County School District Transportation Supervisor Cameron McRae’s schedule becomes beyond hectic.

McRae and his staff are preparing for the return of more than 5,000 K-12 students next week – where more than half will require school bus transportation to and from their respective campuses.

District policy dictates that elementary school students must live one or more miles from their zoned school, while middle and high school students must reside two or more miles from their zoned school to be eligible for school bus transportation.

McRae said his staff is processing the applications which need to be submitted to the transportation office this week if parents want their kids to ride the bus on Monday morning.

“The applications we get on Thursday, we will be able to process on Friday. The applications we get on Friday, may not get processed in time. It also allows us the opportunity to make sure we have the updated emergency contact information and correct phone numbers. We are also able to update information if people have moved,” he said.

McRae said his office staff is working non-stop to get parents to complete and return the 2014-15 school year bus applications on time.

“Right now we are in the process of calling all of those who have provided us with a new application and registration form. They are required each year to complete a new one so we will have the best assurance of getting the most updated information. There are no major changes this year, but there’s maybe a couple of modest changes to some of the bus routes. Those who have already filled out the application and got it to us, they will know that when they get a call from us,” he said.

Additionally, the transportation supervisor said parents of kindergarten students must be present at the bus stop to receive their child after school.

“We have a standing practice for kindergarteners. We can’t require the parents to be there when they drop the student off in the mornings but it’s highly recommended. In the afternoon, they must be there. We will not release a kindergartener to just anybody. It’s got to be a responsible, recognized adult parent or guardian who has permission to do it. We provide the kindergarteners with name tags and wrist bands with their bus number and their stop,” he said.

Even though extra precautions are taken with younger students, McRae said each year there will be students who may forget where their bus stop is, or where a parent may be late to pick them up.

“We make every attempt for those students to get seated up front all of the time so they are always in the mind of the driver. We make a lot of phone calls and we bring quite a number of kindergarten students right back to the transportation facility and wait for somebody to pick them up. We do not on purpose leave a kindergartener at a bus stop without someone receiving them. That’s why we ask parents to be there a little early,” he said.

McRae issued an alert to motorists making their daily commute come next week.

“I just want to remind everybody to slow down and be cognizant that these youngsters are going to be out there. We don’t want to make the mistake of believing that they are always going to make the right decisions when they’re out there on the street. It’s up to those who are driving to be extra attentive in those cases,” he said.

Contained on the application form are rules and standards of conduct for students as well as parents while waiting for the bus to arrive.

“Be good neighbors,” McRae said. “Don’t block people’s driveways or have kids climbing on fences. It’s important for parents to highlight and talk to their children about the rules because it will reduce everybody’s anxiety. Some are neighbors and citizens who don’t have kids in the school system, but have a bus stop in the vicinity of their home,” he said.

For additional information on bus routes, scheduling and the like, call the transportation office at 727-2443.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Pahrump Community Library reopens today

The Pahrump Community Library will reopen its doors to the public today, Wednesday, June 3, but when visiting, the experience will be quite a bit different than it once was, with several new temporary guidelines in place, all in the name of health and safety in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PVHS holds ‘uncommon’ graduation ceremonies

Unorthodox, uncommon and unconventional would be three apt terms to describe graduation activities at Pahrump Valley High School this year.

Warmline launched as health workers’ resource

The toll-free phone line, administered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, will serve as a confidential mental health resource for health care professionals to seek support before they have reached a crisis point.

Mining companies continue to help fund small businesses

A group of Nevada mining companies are digging deep to help small storefront businesses in Nye and Esmeralda counties endure the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with state and local economic development staff, the mines have donated more than $200,000 to help businesses such as the Dinky Diner in Goldfield stay afloat during the emergency.

Tonopah health care provider expands services

Central Nevada Regional Care, a new health care provider in Tonopah, began operations in March and offers walk-in urgent and primary care services seven days a week.

Nevada Health Response releases Phase 2 guidance

Nevada Health Response issued specific guidelines for 16 categories of industries to use as they enter Phase 2 of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s roadmap for reopening the state.

Unemployment claims fall for 4th straight week

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 15,607 for the week ending May 23, down 2,230 claims, or 12.5 percent, compared to last week’s total of 17,837. This is the fourth consecutive week of declines in regular initial claims. Through the week ending May 23, there have been 495,840 initial claims filed in 2020, 474,488 of which have come in the last 11 weeks.

STEVE SEBELIUS: Masks really shouldn’t be political

Although most people agree with the idea of wearing masks in public, they have still become a political symbol in a divided nation.

Nevada Health Response adds testing locator map

As Nevada moves into Phase 2 of its reopening of businesses and social activities statewide, testing for COVID-19 is an important tool for health officials and professionals who are working hard to ensure that anyone who needs a test can get one.

Nye County reopens office, one masked visitor at a time

Nye County announced Monday on its Facebook page that it is, with restrictions, reopening the Planning Department and Building and Safety Division.