Deer Creek policy has been amended to reflect a universal ½ mile walk zone where students have safe thoroughfare for the Deer Creek School District.  Several Elementary schools were transitioned to an increase in the walk zone a few years ago. Grove Valley and Spring Creek Elementary will be added this upcoming year.  In alignment with state law and regulations and in order for Deer Creek to maintain transportation service for our rapidly increasing student population, the District has voted to do what other elementary schools in our district and across the state have been doing for years.  The District has also consolidated bus stops in larger neighborhoods and added additional bus routes to accommodate the growth occurring outside of the district ½ mile walk zone. 

Public school transportation has not seen an increase in state funding since the early 1980’s. Schools receive approximately 10 cents on the dollar needed to fund student transportation.  Even more limiting to funding, the State of Oklahoma only provides funding for transporting students who live 1.5 miles beyond their school site. Deer Creek Schools elected to create a minimal walk zone around each school where transportation is not provided. This walk zone is small compared to similar zones in neighboring districts and state regulations. 

Any families affected by this change are encouraged to work with their neighborhood associations to determine safe routes for students, create car pools and/or volunteers to assist students, and communicate to all drivers within their community about the potential increase of student walkers. New bus stops and times will be communicated through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Bike racks will be added to sites based on the need for potential increase of bike riders.

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