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Mrs. Shepard received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan. She has taught in Avon Schools for 14 years. Avon Community School Corporation submitted Mrs. Shepard's impressive portfolio to the Indiana Department of Education for the state's selection process of the Indiana Teacher of the Year award.
Avon Community School Corporation’s Transportation Department has recently reviewed bus stops to more consistently serve the needs of students and to improve our on-time arrival at school. This program, called Project:SAFEstops, is explained in the Q and A section below. As a result of this in-depth review, your child’s bus stop location and time may have changed.
Specific bus stop and time information will be available after July 22, 2014 on the ACSC website in the Transportation section http://www.avon-schools.org/Page/157 by using E-Link.
After reviewing this information if you still have questions, please contact our Transportation Information Center (TIC) at 317-544-6150, where agents are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Avon Community School Corporation
Questions and Answers
Q. What is SAFEstops?
A. SAFEstops is an Avon Community School Corporation initiative which came about after a review of the bus stop locations throughout the school corporation. Stops were found to have been added unnecessarily over the years and not reviewed on a regular basis. Bus seating capacity was not being efficiently utilized. With 33% of the students changing schools each year, a review of the stop locations on a regular basis is essential for the department to accomplish its mission.
Q. What is the mission of the Department?
A. It is the mission of ACSC Transportation Department to provide safe, efficient and on-time transportation services for eligible students to and from school and school related events with high levels of customer service and employee satisfaction. Recognizing that the school bus driver plays an important role in the future of young people, our drivers are further charged with the responsibility of positively influencing young people’s lives.
Q. What are the features of Project: SAFEstops?
A. This program features a review of all the bus stop locations throughout the school corporation for all grade levels to ensure the following:
· Each stop location has sufficient motorist’s sight distance
· Each stop location has sufficient distance for the driver to activate the required bus lights.
· An adequate student waiting area is available
· Stop distance parameters are consistent with age and physical capabilities of all students and help promote healthy lifestyles.
· Parents/students of the same age/grade receive the same/similar level of service
· Information is shared with parents regarding any changes and customer service is enhanced through use of our Transportation Information Center (call center).
Q. How will this program affect my child’s transportation?
A. Since the transportation services offered at ACSC are designed to be mass transit services as opposed to taxi cab services, stop locations will most often be located at intersections where motorist expect a bus to stop. Bus stop locations are reviewed for compliance with legal requirements, and stops may be consolidated in some locations to better meet the time requirements. In some cases, your child may be further from the bus stop.
Q. Who is responsible for my child’s safety while they wait at the bus stop?
A. The school corporation is responsible for providing free public education. The legal responsibility for public safety rests with the local unit of government having public safety responsibilities. Parents can do much to enhance this concern by monitoring the bus stop and working cooperatively with other parents to provide an additional level of safety.
Q. What are the parent’s responsibilities at the school bus stop?
A. The school corporation provides transportation services for all students. This service is provided, by necessity, as a mass transit service. Working cooperatively with parents and students, the responsibility of parents can best be thought of as the three “S’s”—safety, supervision, and shelter. These are the responsibility of the parents. If parents take responsibility for the three S’s, children experience an adequate level of safety and the system works well.
ARC Collaborates to Make Schools Safer
In December of 2013, the Avon School Board submitted a packet of information requesting funds to allow the purchase of cameras and software for the school system, giving the Avon Police Department the ability to access those cameras in an emergency.
Aaron Tevebaugh, president of the redevelopment commission said it was “easy to see the need” for the school’s request.
According to Resolution 2014-5-19-2, the redevelopment commission passed two matching grants to the Avon Community School Corporation for the purchase of 60 security cameras to be installed at various school buildings, as well as the needed software.
“I just love the collaboration taking place,” school board member Anne Engelhardt said. Englehardt also serves as the board’s liaison on the redevelopment commission.
Engelhardt announced the May 19 decision at the June 9 school board meeting, followed by a discussion about the need for networking and collaborating within leadership in Avon and surrounding towns.
Avon Town Council president Marcus Turner noted that without Engelhardt joining the redevelopment commission, “the request could have taken much longer.”
“The schools have been hit hard by the tax caps, even more so than other groups,” Turner said.
The resolution states that improving educational opportunities, promoting educational progress and fostering conditions that enhance the learning environment of students of all ages provides an economic benefit to all in the Avon Economic Development Area and provides safe learning within the school corporation.
(Photo: Marcus Turner, Anne Engelhardt and Aaron Tevebaugh) (This story appeared in the Hendricks County Flyer and is reprinted with permission)
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