(Las Vegas, KXNT)- As families around the valley gear up for the start of the school year, the Clark County School District is preparing to be inundated with calls from parents wondering about bus transportation for the upcoming school year.
This year, CCSD anticipates more than 100,000 students will utilize their bus services. CCSD Transportation Operations Manager Jim Reynolds says they’ve had to increase bus routes to keep up with the growing student body, but there’s still a lot of confusion regarding bus routes, bus pick-up times and eligibility.
“You have to live at least 2 miles away from your zoned school in order to be eligible for the bus, unless there is some sort of special hazard,” explains Reynolds. “The most important thing to remember is that you have to register with the child’s school first and let them know your child needs to use the bus.”
Reynolds adds parents can ask any other questions they have through the transportation call center or online.
“We just want parents who plan to utilize our call center to do it now. Don’t wait until the last minute. The closer we get to the start of the school year, the longer the wait time is…typically starting at 30 minutes,” says Reynolds.
The district has brought in extra call center personnel and extended hours in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, but your best bet may be going online. The school district has all of the information you will need including a way to access your child’s eligibility, bus stops, routes and times. The website has an online chat option so parents can communicate with a transportation employee, if needed.
The first day of school is August 25. You can access CCSD’s transportation website here.