Parents received an email from Clear Creek ISD this week telling them that they could now view their child(ren)’s busing information in Skyward. On the surface, this is a fantastic idea, and we applaud CCISD for trying to consolidate information in one system.
But it wouldn’t be CCISD if there wasn’t some sort of screw-up.
This is CCISD, and the email they sent was premature. Very premature, as parents report that their child’s bus route was not in the system. Some parents noted that one child’s bus route was in Skyward, but another child’s wasn’t. Others report that they went over to the CCISD Transportation web page and were able to confirm their child’s bus schedule.
So much for one place to view all your child’s information! CCISD sent out the email before Skyward had been populated with all bus route information, thereby creating confusion when there was no need to do so. We sometimes wonder if CCISD is actively trying to confuse parents.
Updated: Elaina Polsen, CCISD’s “Chief Communications Officer” (aka flack) chose THIS post to comment on. Out of all the things we’ve posted about CCISD, Ms. Polsen decides to take a stand on… busing. Keep in mind that parents have reported to us and discussed on social media how, as of Sunday, August 18, they still cannot access busing information in Skyward or in the system CCISD previously used to display transportation routes.
Busing and rezoning: The gift that keeps on giving
Meanwhile, some parents got a rude awakening when they realized that the rezoning for 2019-2020 meant they wouldn’t have busing for their children. Here are a few reports we’ve received from parents:
- Campbell Elementary students will not have busing. Updated: Ms. Polsen claims that students east of Maple Leaf will have busing. As of Saturday, August 17, this was not reflected in the bus route locator.
- The portion of the Landing neighborhood now zoned for Gilmore Elementary will not have busing for those students. Updated: Ms. Polsen states that these children did not have busing to Bauerschlag, and that Gilmore is well within the two-mile radius that CCISD has determined is acceptable for 5-11 year olds to walk to school. And for a “communications officer,” she is notably fuzzy on which neighborhood this is; she states that there is a crossing guard at W League City Pkwy and Magnolia Meadows, but the Landing will not benefit from this SOLE crossing guard, and children will have to cross the Landing Blvd., arguably a very busy street. Ms. Polsen did not indicate that there would be a crossing guard at Landing Blvd.
- The portion of Brittany Lakes now zoned for Gilmore Elementary will not have busing for those students. Updated: As above, Ms. Polsen stated that these children did not have busing to Bauerschlag because two miles has been deemed acceptable for children to walk. There will be a sole crossing guard at W League City Pkwy and Magnolia Meadows.
- Busing information is not available for the elementary school children in Stillwater Cove moved to North Pointe Elementary, which is six miles away. Update: These children will have busing, and we have verified that this information is updated in the transportation finder, but not Skyward.
- The Emerson Park apartments now zoned for Greene Elementary will not having busing, despite having to cross FM 528 to get to school (or the information has not yet been updated). Updated: Ms. Polsen claims that these children will have busing, but this has not been updated in the transportation finder system as of Saturday, August 17.
We have to ask five questions:
- Why did CCISD send an email before the migration of information from the old transportation finder system to Skyward was complete?
- Was the purpose of the rezoning to eliminate some bus routes?
- Why aren’t children in certain areas getting busing, or why hasn’t the system been updated?
- Why does CCISD wait until the last possible minute to update their systems, especially for something as important as transporting children to school?
- Why does Ms. Polsen choose this one post to take a stand? Could it be because CCISD otherwise would have zero legs to stand on?