MONTVILLE, CT (WFSB) -- School starts in two weeks for Montville students, and so does a re-enforced school busing policy, but some parents aren’t happy about.
Last May, the school board approved updates in the school district’s busing policy.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade who live up to 1 mile away from school will walk, and students in grades sixth through 12 living up to 1.5 miles away will walk.
Parents got a letter at the end of May from the school superintendent reminding them of the changes.
The letter said:
- We will increase the number of students who walk to school
- We will enforce the expectation that students walk to group bus stops in order to reduce the number of times buses stop and the number of small side roads which buses travel down
- We can no longer provide elective transportation to RMMS, Isaac, Middle College Magnet or Marine Science Magnet School
Some parents don’t agree with the changes.
“I don’t think that should be unless the parents walk with them,” said Noreen Clarno, a concerned grandmother.
Parents also said without sidewalks, it’s not safe to walk, and driving students doesn’t solve problems for some parents either.
“I believe the buses should make arrangements to actually pick up the kids. They shouldn’t be walking, not in Montville,” said parent Liz Battle.
Those who will be taking the bus will be getting letters soon confirming the routes and their bus stops.