DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said her district’s plan to use RTA buses does meet the requirements of Ohio law. The district transported high school students to DPS and charter schools via RTA last year.
“The decision to bus other age levels on RTA buses is based on the need to become more efficient and effective with the routing of all students in Dayton,” Lolli said.
Lolli said details on routing, pickup times and bus stop locations are not yet available.
“We are not ready to roll out the plan yet,” Lolli said. “I will inform the charters when things are confirmed.”
On Tuesday, Preston and others delivered a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Dayton school board office calling for the restoration of yellow bus transportation.
Snyder said charter schools have not been given guidelines for mask-wearing, number of students per row, or other safety guidelines for the RTA buses.
“This information was supposed to be provided to the schools during the July 13 conference call,” she said. “Two weeks later, there are still no details.”
Lolli said two weeks ago that RTA routing was “undergoing final reviews” and she hoped all schools would have details by July 17. That has not occurred.
Another significant issue is a dispute about adult monitors that are required on RTA buses when children under age 12 ride. DPS at one point suggested that charter schools and private schools should shoulder part of that cost.
But a July 8 letter from state superintendent of schools Paolo DeMaria says that school districts “cannot impose requirements on nonpublic or community schools in terms of providing staff support or incurring other expenses to meet the district’s obligations.”
No announcement has been made about those adult monitors.
One charter school principal argued DPS was trying to throw charter and private school busing into chaos to lure those students back to DPS schools. Lolli said that’s not true and the district is just trying to improve its long-struggling busing operation.