SSTAC Questions and Comments

Elementary Questions:

  1. How will the implementation of full day Pre-K impact elementary enrollment? We anticipate our PK 4 numbers will increase 200-300 as we implement full day.

  2. When will we have full day Pre-K 4 and how many kids?
    We are planning to have all Title campuses full day by the 2020-2021 school year. The additional non-Title campuses will be added 2021-2022. Our PK 4 numbers are estimated to be around 1,500 students.

Elementary Comment:

  1. Working parents cannot receive Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 services due to half day scheduling. This limits access to stay home parents.

Secondary Questions:

  1. How was it determined that intermediate started last?
    Intermediate students often feel that they are too old for childcare but are too young to be unsupervised for an extended time. The later dismissal time results in less unsupervised time after school for most students who have parents/guardians with a traditional daytime work schedule.
    Five of the ten intermediate schools have magnet schools with an earlier start time. The later start time for a majority of intermediate students allows the over 1600 students in magnet programs the opportunity to receive district transportation.

  2. Why does dual credit at CBHS start at 7:00 am?
    Dual Credit begins between 7:00 am and 7:20 am for all students at the five comprehensive high schools. This allows students to take dual credit courses and get back to school in time to attend five high school classes. Dual credit courses in CCISD are provided by San Jacinto College and College of the Mainland. These courses require a minimum number of instruction minutes and the colleges determine the final dual credit start time.

Secondary Comment:

  1. I’m interested in learning more about the extended day/evening activities and times for intermediate and high school

Special Programs/Special Education:

  1. Is there SPED reimbursement for transporting to different programs that are not at home campus? Yes, CCISD receives funding for transportation as a related service.

  2. (Slide 32; Special Education Programs Elementary) How many of these programs are on a dual language campus? Brookwood – 2 AA; Landolt – none; League City – 2 SLL; Stewart – 1 SC & 1 AB; McWhirter – 2 AA

Technology:

  1. With the idea of school hours change to increase sleep time, how are we going to partner with parents to decrease media use after “bedtime”? This is a parent/family issue. If school times were to change, the district would work to communicate these changes.

Start Time / Minutes:

  1. Is there a maximum number of hours that a child can be in the school system per day? No, the State of Texas has established a minimum number of minutes for a school day (420 minutes) but has not established a maximum number.

  2. What is the state of Texas requirements for educational minutes for each grade level? And does that include any ‘travel time” to a specialty campus? The State of Texas has an overall minute requirement for a school day, 420 minutes. There is not a state requirement by level. The school day is considered “bell-to-bell” or arrival to dismissal and does not include transportation to and from school.

  3. What are the start times of nearby districts? Other comparable districts?

    District

    Elementary

    Intermediate

    High School

    CCISD

    7:55 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    8:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    7:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Aldine

    7:35 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    8:35 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    7:00 a.m. – 2:36 p.m.

    Cy-Fair

    8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    8:05 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

    7:20 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

    Deer Park

    7:40 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    8:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    8:40 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Dickinson

    8:35 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

    7:55 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    7:15 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

    Friendswood

    7:35 a.m. – 2:43 p.m.

    8: 45 a.m. – 3:53 p.m.*

    8: 45 a.m. – 3:53 p.m.*

    Katy

    8:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

    8:40 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

    7:18 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

    Klein

    8:10 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.

    8:45 a.m. – 4:11 p.m.

    7:10 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

    Lewisville

    7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    8:55 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.

    8:20 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

    Pearland

    8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    8:35 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

    7:15 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

    Pasadena

    7:45 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

    8:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    7:15 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

    Round Rock

    7:40 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

    8:20 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

    9:05 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.

    Tomball

    8:10 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

    7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    7:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

    *times vary by campus
  4. In the last legislative session, was there a discussion of school start times? If so, what was the discussion? There was no legislative action on school start times during the 86th Texas Legislative Session. 

Transportation:

  1. Have you considered one central location (or a number of satellite) locations established to return Pre-K students?
    We have not considered locations other than their neighborhood bus stop. Many campuses have Pre-K classes and all campuses have Kindergarten classes. If we delivered these students to a central location outside of their normal bus route it would lengthen the time they were on a bus. In addition, it would put a hardship on parents who must leave their home and travel to a central location to pick up their child.

  2. Do the SPED bus drivers have their own route (HS, Int, Elem) or do they overlap with others? Special Education bus drivers have their own separate routes.

  3. With the current transportation schedule, is there data showing average number of students that are late to school? We do not have this information available currently. In general, however, buses are late the first two weeks of school until drivers, students, and parents become accustomed to the bus times.

  4. Any thoughts to partnering with parents to arrange car pools?
    We have suggested carpooling to parents when a student is not eligible for transportation and a parent expresses a need for transportation. We have not considered this as an option for children who are eligible for bus transportation.

  5. Do you drop off at day cares or require day cares to pick up and drop off? Day cares provide transportation to and from their centers. We do drop off Special Education children at day cares if that is a requirement set forth and approved by the special education department.

  6. What are the issues with finding qualified bus drivers?
    We have several issues when trying to find qualified bus drivers.
    • We are in a robust economy and drivers with a CDL can find work driving “big rigs” for substantially more per hour than a school district can pay.
    • Applicants do not have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and must be trained and pass a written and behind the wheel test. This can take up to a month to compete.
    • Applicants may have a bad driving record or may not be able to pass a criminal background check.
    • Applicants may not be able to pass the Physical Exam or a drug/alcohol test.

  7.  What is the average amount of students on a typical bus ride? The average number of students on a bus is 50 but we have a few buses with as many as 60 children. Our large buses are built for 72 children but if they are large children, this number drops significantly.

  8. What schools have the most double routes?
    We have 31 double routes and they are all on elementary school routes.

  9. Do we have double routes because the bus isn’t large enough? Yes. We have double routes because there are more students on that route than can fit in a regular size bus.

  10. Do we lease or buy the buses? We purchase buses.

  11. What is the cost to bus a student to a different school for a specialty program? Our cost per mile is $5.70 for our general education routes and $4.34 for our special education routes. State funding only covers $1.00 per mile and the rest of this cost is paid by local funds.
  12. Can parents provide own transportation to decrease transport time between schools? Yes, if a parent wishes to provide their own transportation it is their choice.

  13. Is there technology for the “sub driver” which can navigate turn by turn so they can be more confidant in the route they don’t know? A printout of the route showing all the turns is provided at this time. However, we are looking at technology that would assist drivers on their routes.

  14. How much did re-zoning impact the number of buses needed?
    There was an impact from rezoning, but it was due to the way we grandfathered students at their original campus and how our magnet programs were modified. Rezoning in and of itself did not create a need for more buses.

  15. What is the process for planning bus routes? How often is it adjusted (daily, weekly)? We plan routes based on the number of eligible riders at every campus. Routes can be adjusted daily to ensure timeliness and efficiency. This is an ongoing process.

  16. Why do we have to bus from the home campus to the special program? Why so complicated? We assume this question concerns travel for our WAVE, Science magnet, Clear View, Clear Horizons type programs. When we started these programs, our district committed to make them available to all students who were selected for the programs. To do this we developed a “shuttle” program for transportation where students would need to get to their home intermediate campus (or highs school campus) and we would transport them to the magnet program campus. provide students in these programs with transportation. This is complicated because we have many programs with differing time schedules. These time schedules, in most instances, are needed so we can work the transportation into an efficient schedule.

  17. How long is the typical student on a bus? Under ideal conditions, a student should be on a bus between 25 and 40 minutes.

  18. What software do we use for transportation management? The transportation management software is called Transfinder.

Transportation Comment:

  1. Enforcement on bus riding commitment – Plan according to only committed students. We plan for all eligible students to ride a bus and many choose to walk or to car-ride. If a student within our bus pick-up location decides to change from a walker or car-rider during the year, we must pick them up.

    2. Visual timeline for bus routes including early dismissal, late arrival, magnet, and special programs. We have a process improvement team looking at all options to improve district transportation. We will explore software that will allow parents to track buses, and to track where their student is at any given time.

Survey:

  1. Is it too late to add questions to the survey? Does your child/student get enough sleep? How much sleep do they get each night? Although, it is too late to add survey questions. Similar questions to these listed here are included on the survey instruments. The development of survey questions is not a simple process of drafting questions and presenting those to a defined population. For surveys to be valid and reliable, content validity must be established, and a reliability analysis completed. The survey instruments being used by CCISD come from a nationwide research organization.

  2. Request for a copy of the student survey questions. This will be provided to the committee.

Comments:

  1. Consider more than one public hearing.
  2. Consider another location to bring buses closer to students.
    We believe this comment concerns the location of buses before they start the routes. We have two transportation centers in the district. One is next to Clear Creek High School on the southeast side of our district and the other is next to Challenger Columbia Stadium in the middle west part of our district. We believe that these two locations work well with the locations of our campuses. We are reviewing the possibility of moving some special education buses from our CCHS location to our CC Stadium location to improve efficiency on these routes.

  3. Opportunity for special programs, but at what cost? 10 hours (7 am – 5 pm) Long day for any child.
    By special programs we understand this to be with WAVE, science magnet, etc. We understand that a day for a student in special programs can be long, but we are committed to providing transportation to these programs if parents cannot drop off and pick up their student. If the parent has the ability and willingness to transport their child, this is certainly acceptable.

  4. Summer school schedules – no bus available times 8 am – 1 pm not available for working parents.
    Summer school consist of different programs. Bus routes are routed according to the start and release time of each program. For a program with the above times, buses would begin arriving at 7:30 am. Buses would attempt to depart the campus at 1:10 pm.
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