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Second semester brings new bus schedule

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The beginning of second semester also brings about a new bus schedule. Now, the earliest bus routes will start at 7:00 a.m. and the latest will start at 7:20 a.m. Buses will arrive at school between 7:30 and 7:45.

According to Ms. Kimm Dever, the Director of Deans, this new bus schedule was proposed last school year. “Parents and students requested a later pick-up time,” said Dever.

Before, the buses would arrive at school between 7:20 to 7:30, which meant that students had to get up earlier in order to catch the bus. It also meant that they had 30-40 minutes in the morning to kill before first period. Dever said that students did not want to get to school that early, resulting in many being dropped off by parents.

“We hope this change encourages more students to take advantage of taking the bus to school in order to alleviate the traffic before school,” wrote Dever in the news section of the Hinsdale Central’s website.

This new bus schedule also includes an early bird bus schedule and a late bus route. The early bird bus route will reach Central around 6:45, just in time for early bird classes. The late bus route replaces the old Tuesday and Thursday bus route at 4:15. This new route will leave the school at 6:00 p.m. and be available Monday through Friday, according to Dever.

As these new bus routes just started about two weeks ago, no assessments can be made about the conveniences of this bus route and any potential problems it might raise. But sophomore Jing Gao already sees the problem.

“It is inconvenient because I can’t be a part of clubs that meet in the morning. For example, I am part of Origami Club, which meets in the morning. If I arrive at 7:40, there is really not much time for me to attend the meetings,” Gao said.

Sophomore Sarah Harmet, however, would not agree. “I like it. Before, my bus came way too early and now I can sleep in a little longer, so it’s better,” Harmet said. “The first day, it was weird getting [to school] so late, but I like it now.”

 

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Second semester brings new bus schedule