Good Evening Mansfield Elementary Families,
I am reaching out to you to provide an update and to share my appreciation for your patience as we work through the challenges before us. I also want to reassure you that school will be in session tomorrow, September 8th, for all students - it will be our first PK day tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming the children into their new classrooms.
Today was productive! We had opportunities to review our dismissal procedures for the bus and parent pick-up systems. We will be dismissing the parent pick-ups earlier (Vinton - 3:15 PM, Goodwin - 3:30 PM). This will allow buses to have clear pathways to the bus loops. There will be some additional changes coming later tonight for all families utilizing parent pick-up at Goodwin or Vinton Campuses, so please be on the lookout. Our staff’s priority is to make sure that we all are doing our part to support the needs of our students and families.
I just met with Superintendent Peter Dart and he shared that M&J Bus Company and Central Office staff had productive days working on addressing the identified concerns around busing. Peter will share more information this evening regarding bus schedules, but I wanted to make sure you had this update as soon as possible.
I also wish to share that our bus drivers continue to be our heroes. They are on the front lines working to ensure our children’s safety and I am grateful for the extra efforts that they put in to ensure students’ safety. While many changes have been made around busing, families that are able to may want to consider transporting their children to school in the coming days.
Thanks again and I anticipate smoother operations from our bus company, M&J, tomorrow. Please know that our office will remain open until all buses have completed their runs, so don’t hesitate to reach out in the event you are experiencing any bus related issues.