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TRANSPORTATION UPDATE (Wed 9/8)

Wednesday, September 8th
 
A message from CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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SUBJECT: Important Information About Riding Metro Transit

 

Dear Central High School Families,

 

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we get ready for the first day of school, this Thursday, September 9! Despite the challenges that continue to come our way, I am proud of this community and excited for the great school year ahead. 

 

As you are aware, due to the nationwide school bus driver shortage, high school students at our school will be provided a Metro Transit Go-To Card at no cost to get to and from school instead of a yellow school bus. We anticipate this to be the case through at least the first semester. Students are also welcome to get a ride, walk, bike or drive to school if that is more convenient for your family. 

 

New Information:  All students will receive their free Go-To Card in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, students may DOWNLOAD A METRO TRANSIT PASS to board any Metro Transit bus or train.

Students can show the pass to the bus driver on their school iPad, a cell phone, or print it out. Bus drivers are expecting our students and will be ready to welcome them onboard. Light rail users should have their pass available to show Metro Transit staff if asked. Note: If you have trouble downloading the transit pass, you may still ride for free and we will help with the pass when you get to school.

 

Students and families should take a few minutes to plan their route both to and from school. Visit metrotransit.org or download the Metro Transit app and enter your starting address and school name to find your route options and closest stops. Google Maps and other online mapping tools also provide transit directions. Answers to other frequently asked questions, route maps and other helpful information is available at spps.org/metrotransit.

 

Click here for video instructions on how to find your route on Metro Transit:

 

We know it will take time for students to get used to this new routine. If students are late to school, they should stop in the office to let someone know their bus or train was late. Staff will be available to help students get between transit stops and the school as needed. We also ask students to be courteous of other riders and follow the Metro Transit code of conduct. This includes wearing a face mask at all times and following other safety guidelines.

 

The closest routes to Central HS are the Green Line train (which travels east-west and stops at University & Lexington), Route 83 (which travels north-south on Lexington and stops at Marshall & Lexington), and Route 21 (which travels east-west on Selby Ave and stops at Selby and Lexington).

 

The school day is 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Due to COVID protocols, students may not be in the building outside of a supervised activity before 8:00 am, and may not be in the building outside of a supervised afterschool activity after 3:15 pm.

 

For families who are dropping off students, you may either circle through the parking lot as in previous years, or drop students on Marshall alongside the tennis courts.  We will have a few buses dropping students directly in front of the building, so please do not pull up in front of the building.  This will prevent traffic congestion and keep students safe.

 

For students who are driving, a reminder that you may park in the Dunning lot west of the tennis courts (Please note:  due to resurfacing, the Dunning lot will not be available for the first two days of school, Sept 9 and 10, so students will have to find parking on the nearby streets.)  Students may also park on the west side of the building (the gym side), but parking in the front and back lots is reserved for teachers and staff.

 

In time, we know that riding public transportation will be a positive experience for those students who choose to do so. We are here to help answer questions and get students used to this new way of getting to and from school. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 651-744-4900.

 

Thank you and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Christine Vang

Principal

 


 
 
Tuesday, September 7th
 
A message from CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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Dear Central Families,

I want to keep you informed as we continue finalizing details about the transportation changes happening for our students.

 

First, you may have received a postcard listing a bus stop and time for pick-up and drop-off.  This information is what has changed.  Central Students will not have yellow school buses this fall.*

 

    *If your student has an IEP that includes transportation, your case manager or someone from transportation will call you and confirm your transportation by school bus.

On the first day of school, students will be able to get on Metro Transit buses and trains without money or a card. They will let the driver know that they are students on the way to school. When we get the information regarding the Metro Transit cards tomorrow, we will share that info with you.

 

In order to find the most efficient way for your student to get to Central by Metro Transit, go to the Metro Transit Trip Planner page:https://www.metrotransit.org/trip-planner  By putting in your address and Central’s address (275 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN 55104) and the time that you want to arrive at school, the trip planner tells you exactly where you need to walk to catch the bus, the number of the route you are looking for, and how long it will take to get to school.

 

 The closest routes to Central HS are the Green Line train (which travels east-west and stops at University & Lexington), Route 83 (which travels north-south on Lexington and stops at Marshall & Lexington), and Route 21 (which travels east-west on Selby Ave and stops at Selby and Lexington).

 

The school day is 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Due to COVID protocols, students may not be in the building outside of a supervised activity before 8:00 am, and may not be in the building outside of a supervised afterschool activity after 3:15 pm.

 

For families who are dropping off students, you may either circle through the parking lot as in previous years, or drop students on Marshall alongside the tennis courts.  We will have a few buses dropping students directly in front of the building, so please do not pull up in front of the building.  This will prevent traffic congestion and keep students safe.

 

For students who are driving, a reminder that you may park in the Dunning lot west of the tennis courts (Please note:  due to resurfacing, the Dunning lot will not be available for the first two days of school, Sept 9 and 10, so students will have to find parking on the nearby streets.)  Students may also park on the west side of the building (the gym side), but parking in the front and back lots is reserved for teachers and staff. 

 

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. We really are looking forward to having our students back in the building! If you have questions, please call the office, 651-744-4900, or email us at CentralHS@spps.org.

 

Sincerely,

Christine Vang

Principal