- Maize Early Childhood Center
Transportation services for the 2022-23 school year
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year and in accordance with Maize Board of Education policy approved May 9, 2022, Maize USD 266 is limiting transportation service to only students who live beyond 2.5 miles of school. Kansas law requires school districts to provide transportation to students who live more than 2.5 miles from school and does not provide funding for the transportation of students who live closer than that.
Historically, Maize USD 266 has provided additional transportation for those who live within that distance. Unfortunately, the district does not have the staff to continue that practice. District leaders wish this change was not a necessity and acknowledge the hardship it may cause for families who have relied on the transportation when the district has been able to provide it.
To clarify, a family may have one or more child(ren) eligible for transportation and one or more not eligible if their children attend different Maize USD 266 schools. This would be the case because transportation eligibility specifically relates to the distance between each individual child’s home and school.
Students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) requires transportation will continue to receive transportation regardless.
The district’s transportation routing software identifies the most direct driving path between a student’s home and school based on the roadways. The state evaluates this, as well.
Those with questions related to the distance identified can email Transportation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also new for the 2022-23 school year and approved by the school board in May is the establishment of a deadline for transportation requests two weeks before and after the first day of school. The many and frequent requests within days or even hours of the first day of school in August 2021 caused significant delays in finalizing and communicating bus routes. The rate of frequent changes continued for days beyond the first day of school, causing ineffective and inefficient processes, including late bus routes and frequent changes for riders. For this reason, families will not be able to make changes or request transportation within the two weeks before the first day of school without a delay in service. Any request that is received within that window will be accommodated as soon as possible but not likely during the first two weeks of school.
For the 2022-23 school year, any transportation requests must be submitted by Aug. 1, and there will be no transportation changes processed between Aug. 2 and the first day of school.