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Update on Restoration of Bus Routes

Update on October 20, 2022    

Dear KHS Families,

I’m pleased to share that we’ve found a resolution to our High School afternoon bussing shortage. Beginning Monday, October 24, regular afternoon transportation for route 20 will be fully restored. Route 9 service will also be restored starting on October 24, with the exception of these dates: 10/27, 11/2, 11/4, and 11/7. We will continue to work towards finding transportation coverage for these four remaining days and will keep you updated about progress towards this goal.

On these specified dates that route 9 is not available, riders may continue to stay at school through the Activity Period and take the 3:10 PM late bus home on those four days with no afternoon service.

Once again, I truly appreciate the patience and understanding shown by the students and families who were impacted by this situation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

 

Update on September 30, 2022  

Dear KHS Families,

I’m pleased to share that two additional bus routes have been restored: 32 and 33. Beginning on Monday, October 3, 2022, five of the seven impacted routes will be fully operational, including 3, 11, 21, 32, and 33. 

We will continue to work on solutions for Route 9 and Route 20. Students on these routes will be able to stay at school through the Activity Period and take the 3:10 PM late bus home.

Thank you, as always, for your patience. We will continue to provide timely updates as we work toward full restoration of our afternoon transportation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

 

Update on September 28, 2022  

Dear KHS Families,

Thank you for your patience as we’ve continued to work on solutions to fully restore our 2:20 PM afternoon transportation on the seven impacted routes. Here’s an update on our progress: 

Beginning Monday, October 3, 2022, these three afternoon dismissal routes will be restored: 3, 11, and 21.

We are continuing to work on solutions for the remaining four bus routes–9, 20, 32, and 33–and will continue to provide updates as soon as we have finalized a schedule for their restoration. As a reminder, all students on these impacted routes can stay in school through the Activity Period and take the 3:10 PM late bus home.

I understand that this is a frustrating situation for the impacted families, and appreciate their patience and the extra involvement that has been needed on their part while we continue to work on fixing this issue. Please be assured that finding solutions to this challenging situation has been a top priority. We will continue to explore all available options until we have routes fully restored. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

 

Update on September 16, 2022

Dear KHS Families,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to address the issue with our High School bussing shortage. Here is an update on our progress towards the last element needed for a full solution: the restoration of the last seven 2:20 PM afternoon routes. 

We are still experiencing issues covering these routes, however we are hopeful that we will be able to fully restore service early next week. We have been working closely with our existing bus contractors, as well as casting our net further to new vendors, to find the drivers needed for a long-term solution. We have also been collecting ridership data, and next week will have a clearer picture of actual seats needed on our current routes. Analyzing this data will give us the insight needed to determine if adjustments to our route maps would be beneficial for meeting the needs of our students. This is a routine process that we undergo every year and provides us with valuable data. 

As a reminder, late buses, which depart at 3:10 PM, are available for any students who remain in school through the Activity Period. During this supervised period, students may participate in clubs and activities, or spend the time studying or visiting in a monitored area. 

As we continue to navigate the driver situation, instances of route changes in response to unforeseen circumstances are possible. We are doing our best to avoid these situations, but in the case of any temporary change or disruption, we will promptly inform families via text and email.

Please remember that at this time, the bus route information that is posted in your Parent Portal account may not be up to date. If you have any questions about your child’s route, please contact the Transportation Department by email at transportation@kingstoncityschools.org, or by phone at (845) 943-3050. 

Once again, I apologize for this disruption and hope to share good news next week. This has been a difficult situation, and I am so appreciative of the efforts from the community to help transport our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

     

Update on September, 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM    

Dear KHS Families, 

As promised earlier today, here is the latest update on our Kingston High School (KHS) bus situation. At this time, we now have all morning routes covered. Afternoon transportation home is available to all students on the impacted routes on the 3:10 PM bus, and restoring availability for 2:20 PM transportation for all students impacted continues. The changes enacted have created some route and schedule changes for other buses, so it is important that all KHS families review this information carefully and check the updated route list by clicking here. This is the most current information available. Please do not use information listed in your student’s portal profile, as the changes have not been updated in the system yet.  

Effective Monday, September 12, the following will apply:

AM ROUTES

  • All students now have morning transportation to school available starting on Monday, September 12. Students from Routes 7, 14, 15, 23, and 24, in particular, should look carefully for possible route and time changes. 

PM ROUTES

  • In the afternoon, students who ride Routes 3, 9, 11, 20, 21, and 33 have afternoon bus transportation available after Activity Period at 3:10 PM, however at this time, the 2:20 PM routes are not yet available. 

  • For those students who wish to stay until 3:10 PM for the Activity Period, teachers and club advisors remain on campus and a supervised environment is available. Students can use this time to participate in clubs and extra activities or to receive instructional support from teachers. In addition, students can go to the cafeteria to visit or work independently on homework under adult supervision.

For those families choosing to provide their own transportation, details on the pick-up and drop-off process at KHS are found at the bottom of this message.

If you have any questions about your student’s route, please contact the Transportation Department by email at transportation@kingstoncityschools.org, or by phone at (845) 943-3050. Transportation staff will be available on Saturday from 10 AM - 2 PM to answer any questions, and again starting at 7 AM on Monday morning. 

We will continue to work on this situation until it is fully resolved and will provide any updates as we have them. I would also like to reiterate that no student will be penalized for being tardy or absent due to this week’s transportation issues. 

I understand that while this situation impacted students on nine of our 112 bus routes, it raised concerns throughout our entire community. I want to assure you of our commitment to doing better in the future, including providing as much notice as possible of any emergency situations. Once we are sure that we have found solutions that meet the needs of all students, we will carefully review the circumstances that contributed to this situation and ensure that steps are in place to help prevent something like this from happening again. Please be assured that we will continue to work to improve our transportation system so that it best serves our students and families.

Once again, I extend my sincere apologies for the disruption this caused. I am so appreciative of the last-minute efforts families took to navigate these challenges and get their students to school this week. We are fortunate to have a deeply caring and committed community who rallied behind many of our students to help meet their transportation needs. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

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  • Drop-off instructions for KHS:

    KHS students can enter the building starting at 7:15 AM, using the Broadway entrance, Salzmann entrance, or the KHS Field House entrance (pool lobby side).


    Parents may drop students off on Andrew St., West O'Reilly St., or the KHS side of Broadway. All students should report to school with a valid school ID. Students who wish to eat breakfast may go to the cafeteria.

    Alternatively, students may wait in the Auditorium or Field House until the 7:40 AM bell, at which time they report to 1st period class.

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The student entrance (on the side of the school facing SUNY Ulster) is NOT a drop-off or pick-up location. 

 

  • Pick-up instructions for KHS:

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  • Parents pick up students from the same drop-off locations starting after the end of the last period at 2:10 PM. 

 

Update on September, 9, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Dear KHS Families, 

Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the unfortunate transportation situation that limited bussing availability and impacted students on Routes 3, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, and 33. Our staff has been working continuously to come up with a solution to the disruption, and with the help of our contracted bus companies, we’ve been successful in securing new drivers to allow us to reinstate many of the impacted routes. We are continuing this work throughout the day and will have another update by 5 PM. 

In the meantime, here is where we are as of 12 PM on Friday, September 9:

  • AM Routes: All issues with morning routes have been resolved. Any changes to morning route schedules will be posted on the school website before the end of the day. Families will receive an alert message when they are available. 

  • PM Routes: Transportation home is available for all students, however at this moment regular 2:20 PM buses are still limited for some students. This means any impacted students would need to stay for the 3:10 PM late bus that leaves after the Activity Period. Teachers and club advisors remain on campus for the Activity Period, so students who opt to wait for the 3:10 PM bus have a supervised environment. Students can use this time to participate in clubs and extra activities or to receive instructional support from teachers. 

I appreciate your patience as we continue to put solutions in place. This is a rapidly changing situation and although all of the answers are not fully formed, they continue to rapidly emerge. I am optimistic that the issues will be resolved shortly and commit to another update later today and as often as necessary until we have the solutions needed.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools



 

Update on September, 7, 2022

Dear KHS families:

I would like to thank our students, families, and staff for going above and beyond today to respond to the challenges that arose from the lack of transportation available to Kingston High School students on Routes 3, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, and 33–and the lack of sufficient notice about the issue. I understand that this situation was an incredible imposition on our families; and I am deeply sorry that it occurred. I cannot begin to express how disappointed everyone is that the first day of school experience for the impacted students was overshadowed by this situation. Please be assured that students will not be penalized for absences or tardiness related to this situation. 

Today, we had all hands on deck, and we believe that a permanent solution is within reach for Monday morning’s pick-up. Unfortunately, the timeline leaves us still facing issues with the impacted routes for the next two days. Our administrators and transportation team are diligently working on a solution and as soon as one is finalized, we will share details. Our goal is to share an update as soon as possible, but no later than noon on Friday, September 9. 

I appreciate the efforts that our families took to provide their children with transportation to school today. I know this was a hardship on many who faced work and other conflicts. Your efforts are appreciated. For many, the drop-off and pick-up process may have been a new experience that was confusing. The information available below may be useful for parents navigating this process for the remainder of the week. 

Once again, I want to apologize for this situation and the difficulties and stress it created for our students and families. I assure you that finding a resolution is a top priority, as well as ensuring that information is provided to parents as quickly as possible. 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Paul J. Padalino

Superintendent of Schools

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  • Drop-off instructions for KHS:

    KHS students can enter the building starting at 7:15 AM, using the Broadway entrance, Salzmann entrance, or the KHS Field House entrance.

    Parents may drop students off on Andrew St., West O'Reilly St., or the KHS side of Broadway. All students should report to school with a valid school ID. Students who wish to eat breakfast can go to the cafeteria.

    Alternatively, students may wait in the Auditorium or Field House until the 7:40 AM bell, at which time they report to 1st period class.