In less than a month students of Lincoln County School District #2 will be back in school to begin the 2017-18 year. For a whole new crop of kindergarten students, this will be their first time making their way to school. Ryan Lyman, LCSD #2 Transportation Director, spoke with SVI’s Duke Dance about “K-Day”, a chance for brand new students to work out a few of the jitters prior to the beginning of the school year.
“This is kind of new thing this year,” he said. “The main goal for us is to reduce apprehension for these new students as well as their parents and their drivers. [On August 18,] We’ll be picking up students four hours later than they normally would be picked up. In the next week or so we will be calling and asking each parent of incoming kindergartens and see if they would like to participate.”
K-Day will allow new kindergarten students and a parent to become familiar with how a bus ride works, safety procedures, emergency situations and what they can expect from their new adventure as they make their way to their school.
“They let them walk about the school where there will be teachers there and some neat activities and snacks,” Lyman continued. “We will do some emergency procedures and other things so they will be better prepared.”
Students and parents will be picked up at their regular bus stop on August 18. The day came about after examining other districts and their policies as well as seeing a low number of first-day bus riders.
“Other districts across the state do this and we thought it would be a good idea,” Lyman added. “A lot of our kindergartners don’t ride for that first day so we are trying to address why they don’t. There can be some real apprehension for those new students.. They will have a parent with them, they can ask the drivers some questions and get familiar with that bus environment. When they don’t ride that first day it complicates things when they trickle in as the year goes on.”
K-Day can also ease parents into a new routine as well.
“We have parents who like to take pictures of their first bus ride and we are hoping maybe we can do that on K-Day,” said Lyman. “That first bus step for a kindergarten is a big one so we just want to be better prepared for the first day of school.”
Students and parents will then be returned to their regular bus stop. Again, K-Day is August 18, with LCSD #2 beginning the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, August 22, one day after the solar eclipse.
Listen to the full conversation with Ryan Lyman below.