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Jeffersonville High School Limited Transportation Zone

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, Greater Clark County Schools will implement a Limited Transportation Zone (LTZ) for students attending Jeffersonville High School. Parents that reside within the Jeffersonville LTZ, according to the address we have associated with your student in PowerSchool (the district’s student management system) will be receiving a letter in the mail.

What is the JHS Limited Transportation Zone and how is it different from a No Transportation Zone (NTZ)

What is the JHS Limited Transportation Zone and how is it different from a No Transportation Zone (NTZ)

The JHS LTZ is an approximate radius of one (1) mile from the school based on your home address. The district has had No Transportation Zones (NTZ) in place for quite some time. In fact, twelve Greater Clark schools currently have an NTZ in place in which parents/guardians residing one (1) mile or less from their school must make alternative arrangements for their students to get to school. With the JHS LTZ, the district will still provide transportation, but the number of bus stops on a route will be reduced.  This means that students in the LTZ may have to walk a short distance to a designated bus stop.

Why is the LTZ needed?

Why is the LTZ needed?

The district has been dealing with transportation issues in the Jeffersonville area for the last few years. Due to the growth in our area, and an increase in traffic and construction, buses have consistently been later than expected dropping off students in the morning and picking-up students in the afternoon from our middle schools and elementary schools.  This is especially true with River Valley Middle School, which does not have an NTZ due to limited infrastructure, i.e., sidewalks, etc. Implementing Jeffersonville High School’s LTZ will condense bus runs, allowing adequate time to transport elementary and middle school bus riders so they arrive and/or are picked-up at an appropriate time.  Another reason the LTZ is needed is due to the shortage in bus drivers.  Unfortunately, a lack of bus drivers is being experienced by school districts throughout our region, our state, and the country.  In fact, at this time, we are still short four drivers for next school year.

Doesn’t state law require school districts to provide transportation?

Doesn’t state law require school districts to provide transportation?

This is a common misconception. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that public school districts are not required to provide students with transportation to and from school (excluding students who require special education transportation).  However, Greater Clark has always worked hard with its families to accommodate transportation needs to the best of its ability.  The JHS LTZ is currently the best course of action to provide district transportation to our JHS students, while also resolving our need to get middle and elementary students to school in a timely fashion with our challenge of needing more bus drivers.

Does my student have to walk to school?

Does my student have to walk to school?

In short, no they do not have to walk to school, but that is an option they can choose. The district will provide pick-up locations throughout the LTZ. Click on the link below for bus stop information and a map of pick-up locations.

Bus Stop Information

LTZ Map

If you have further questions, please email the GCCS Transportation Department at transportation@gccschools.com or call (812) 288-4809 ext. 52103.

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