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School bus routes released Monday in Palm Beach, St. Lucie counties

Posted: 6:04 AM, Aug 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-06 08:58:01-04

School bus routes are getting posted across our area Monday -- a critical time for parents to figure out if their kids will be able to take the bus or not.

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In Palm Beach County, routes were posted at 8 a.m. Families are encouraged to check the bus stops and schedules as routes may change from year-to-year.

To find your child's bus stop location by address and school , answers to frequently asked questions about transportation, read safety tips and other useful information, visit PalmBeachSchools.org/transportation .

Schedules and stops can also be obtained by calling the Transportation Call Center.

The Palm Beach County School District recommends families practice getting to and from home prior to the first day of school on Aug. 13. It is also recommended that students ride the school bus the first week of school to take advantage of assistance with getting to class in the morning and finding their bus at dismissal is available.

Slight delays can be expected during the first few weeks of school while the routes are analyzed in real time.

Bus routes in St. Lucie County are scheduled to be released Monday as well at  https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/transportation/ .

Martin County hosts Q&A Session

Parents with questions about school bus transportation in Martin County will have the opportunity to ask the superintendent about them Monday afternoon. The school district is hosting a Facebook Live session at 5:15 p.m. 

Parents who commented on the post announcing the Q&A session say they are still concerned about routes canceled for more than 1,100 students. 

The decision was made in March and takes effect this school year. District officials blame the state for the change since the state is no longer funding routes for students who live within two miles of their school, and whose walks are not considered dangerous.

Parents argue some walking routes are still viewed as dangerous, yet their kids still have to walk to school.

The district says students who did get to ride a bus in years past will get grandfathered until they age out of their school. Students starting at new schools will not get that privilege.