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Student transportation modified

(Published August 23, 1999)

D.C. Public Schools officials have announced changes in the way special education students will be transported during the 1999-2000 school year.

All parents and guardians will be required to have their children picked up and dropped off at the same address this year.

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said this change is being made to improve safety and increase routing efficiency and accountability of the transportation services provided to the more than 2,900 students who use these services.

Exceptions in emergency situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, officials said.

Also new this year is a drop-off center at Bowen Elementary School, M Street and Delaware Avenue SW, where students will be taken if their parent or guardian is not at home when the bus arrives there.

The center will be open at the end of the school day and close at 6:30 p.m. Parents will be required to make sure their children are picked up from the center before it closes.

School officials also said they will get tough on parents who are routinely absent from home when their children arrive from school. These new procedures will be followed:

• DCPS will notify all parents that they will be referred for a neglect investigation if they are not home when the bus comes and this occurs three times during the school year.

• DCPS will automatically issue warnings after the first and second times.

• DCPS will make a referral to the Division of Child and Family Services’ Hotline (202-671-SAFE) on the third offense.

For more information on these changes, call the DCPS Parent Resource Center at 202-576-6171.

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