Parents that are currently disputing whether or not their student is eligible to ride a school bus in the Patchogue-Medford School District are receiving a few extra weeks for their child to continue riding.
The Patchogue-Medford School District recently announced on their website that the stay originally expected to expire on Oct. 5 is being extended to Nov. 5 for parents that have contacted the district on this issue. Those families will be receiving a 30-day temporary bus pass for their student.
The announcement, which is also posted in the PDF section of this post, also states that the final determination on the mileage limits will be made before the Nov. 5 cutoff.
As previously reported, some parents found out late in the summer that their children would not receive busing to school for the new academic year despite receiving it in the past.
Superintendent Michael Locantore said at a recent assembly that no school policies have changed, but that the school district's new routing computer found that families that were not eligible for transportation had been previously receiving it. Locantore said that the boundaries, which were set many years ago, are half a mile for grades K-5, one mile for grades 6-8, and a mile and a half for grades 9-12.
Locantore issued a 30-day stay through Oct. 5 for any student, that is now extended to Nov. 5 for those that receive the bus pass.
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