Teacher concerns after CCSD suspends bus service for after-school sports practices

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A lack of school bus transportation to after-school practices may force some Clark County School District athletic organizations to cancel their season.

Students and teachers at Rancho High School in the North Valley are scrambling for options after the SDCC announced that buses will not be provided for all after-school practices in the county and will only provide buses for the games.

Heather Danser is a teacher at Rancho High School and watches the problem unfold.

“Students of low socioeconomic status can’t afford after school to have a brand new car or a mommy and a van sitting there waiting to take them to swimming pools and so a lot of coaches in schools of what we consider Title I are considering or have already made the decision to cancel the swim season,” Danser added.

She speculates on a number of reasons for the district’s decision, including the shortage of bus drivers and budget issues.

“So when the CCSD made the statement, they thought they were making a statement about equality saying ‘well, we’re not going to pick which schools will get buses, no one will get buses.’ What they don’t understand is the fairness that has just been lost because, as I said, many graduate schools are able to provide this transportation in many different ways with resources and the low-income schools cannot,” Danser added.

She also said that while teachers are not legally allowed to provide rides to students, they are exploring other alternatives.

“I think the district wants us all to come back with a solution for our school sites and how we solve it. A charter bus is a lot of money and there are swim teams that will probably be able to rock that believe it or not and ours? We will be lucky to find free bus passes for our students in Rancho,” she added.

8 News Now has contacted the Clark County School District for comment on the matter and is awaiting a response.

Melvin Z. Madore