High school students in Anne Arundel County be alert to bus schedule changes next week because of High School Assessment exams.
The administration of High School Assessment exams for students enrolled in Algebra I, English 10, Biology, and U.S. Government from Monday, May 19, through Thursday, May 22, 2014, will cause changes in bus transportation for high school students at all 12 comprehensive high schools throughout the testing schedule.
HSA exams will generally be administered according to the following schedule, but students should check with their school for any variations:
- Monday, May 19: U.S. Government
- Tuesday, May 20: Biology
- Wednesday, May 21: Algebra I
- Thursday, May 22: English 10
The school day for students at the 12 comprehensive high schools taking an HSA exam will begin at the normal time of 7:17 a.m. Bus transportation for those students will continue on the normal schedule.
The school day for students at the 12 comprehensive high schools not taking an HSA exam will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will transport these students and make stops 3 hours and 15 minutes later than the normal pickup times.
All bus stops will be serviced by all bus operators for both the first and second pickups of students. The school day for all students will end as normal at 2:05 p.m., with a single run bus schedule transporting students home.
The second bus run for pickups is only for students who are not taking an HSA exam on that given day. Students should follow the normal schedule on any day in which they are taking an HSA exam.
Special circumstances and exceptions
- Classes at the Centers of Applied Technology that begin prior to 11 a.m. are canceled on each of the four testing days. Classes that begin after 11 a.m. will be held as scheduled. Bus service will support high schools accordingly.
- There will be no second bus runs for students at the Mary E. Moss Academy, the Phoenix Academy, or Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School.
- There will be no second bus runs for students in high school magnet programs, ED programs, regional ESOL programs, or for homeless students. Students in those categories should board their buses at the normal times.
- The schedule for Evening High School students is unchanged.
Parents should direct questions about specific transportation arrangements to their child’s school.