UPDATE - Changes to OASD Afternoon Busing Schedule

posted Feb 26, 2019, 1:51 PM by Katie Nieman
This message is intended for Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) middle and high school students who are bussed from school. CLICK HERE to view this message as a PDF.

Please take a moment to learn about the updated transportation/busing plans (effective March 1, 2019) for OASD middle and high students as a result of recent changes to the District calendar due to weather make-up plans. The changes will impact Carl Traeger, Merrill, Perry Tipler, and South Park middle schools, as well as Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West. Webster Stanley Middle School will not be impacted. NOTE: All current bus numbers for high school and middle school students will remain the same. 

As you may know, 13 minutes were added to the end of the high school day for Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West, effective March 1, 2019 (LEARN MORE). With this change, some middle school students who take transfer buses will need to wait until the high schools dismiss. However, the total wait time will include the student loading time and the drive time it takes to get to a transfer point from a middle school, as such the impact for middle school students is expected to be five to ten minutes. Specifically, middle schools will continue to dismiss at 3:37 p.m. Buses will continue to wait five to seven minutes at middle schools for students to load the bus. Buses will then travel to the transfer points, at which time high schools will be close to dismissal or have already dismissed at 3:46 p.m. The specific impact for each school is listed below. 

Carl Traeger Middle School: Carl Traeger Middle School students who previously transferred at Algoma Town Hall will now go to a new transfer point at Oshkosh West; and, the buses will begin their routes home following high school dismissal at 3:46 p.m. Carl Traeger Middle School students who previously transferred at the Kobussen lot will continue to be bussed to the lot, however, the bus routes home will begin once the high school transfer buses also arrive at the lot.

Merrill Middle School: Merrill Middle School students will be bussed to Oshkosh North to their transfer buses. The buses will begin their routes home following high school dismissal at 3:46 p.m. 

Perry Tipler Middle School: Perry Tipler Middle School students will now be picked up before high school students. The middle school students will be bussed to Oshkosh West for high school students to load. The buses will begin their routes home following high school dismissal at 3:46 p.m. 

South Park Middle School: South Park Middle School students who were previously bused to Carl Traeger Middle School will continue to be bussed to their transfer buses there (no change). However, the remainder of South Park Middle School students will be bused to a new transfer point at Oshkosh West. The buses will begin their routes home following high school dismissal at 3:46 p.m. 

High Schools: Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West students will begin their bus route home following dismissal at 3:46 p.m.
  • Oshkosh West: Oshkosh West students who were previously bussed to South Park OR Algoma Town Hall to transfer to their take-home bus will now get on their take-home bus at West. These students will no longer go to a separate transfer point. 

Special Education: Special education buses will be handled on a case by case basis, at this time minimal changes are planned and will be communicated individually. 

Transportation in the OASD is extremely complex due to timing and the need for transfer buses to avoid duplicative routes and expenses. The District worked with Kobussen Buses to add an additional transfer bus point, and to accommodate the new transfer plans for middle and high schools. We appreciate your understanding of the difficulty in making these changes and hope that you know that it was done carefully and thoughtfully with students and families in mind.

Thank you again for your patience, support, and understanding. Please reach out to Kobussen Buses with any questions, 920.424.7575.

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