Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate the Washington Bridge closure. Luckily, we’re writing with very positive news!
Bishop Hendricken’s East Bay bus arrived on campus with students today at its regularly scheduled time — 7:45am. This is a true testament to the professionalism and efficiency of the route’s driver, Yaneth. We thank Ocean State Transit for their flexibility and efforts.
As a reminder for drop offs this afternoon, the return route runs in reverse order. Due to the fact that there will likely be traffic delays through East Providence, all students should have a cell phone or other device with them to communicate anticipated pick up times with their families.
This route will continue to operate as outlined in our previous update for the foreseeable future. If your son didn’t take the bus today, but you’d like him to moving forward, please feel free to utilize one of the depot stops beginning tomorrow. Our hope is that these measures will only need to be utilized up until next week’s Christmas Break.
While this is encouraging news, we do anticipate there will be challenges moving forward. Please continue to exercise patience as we navigate delays and changes.
Thank you for your continued support! With your partnership, we’re overcoming obstacles for our students.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we worked through the updates provided by the Governor and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today.
In an effort to ease transportation challenges for East Bay families, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, December 13, 2023), all students traveling from Barrington, Bristol, East Providence, Rehoboth, Riverside, Rumford, Seekonk, Tiverton, and Warren will be permitted to ride the East Bay bus traveling to Bishop Hendricken, even if they don’t usually take the bus.
We’ve worked with Ocean State Transit to allow for all East Bay students to take the bus to and from school for the foreseeable future. If parents/guardians would like their son(s) to take the East Bay bus, they should drop their students off at one of the below depot stops beginning tomorrow morning. Please know these times MAY be delayed based on traffic:
The return route for this bus will run in reverse order. Due to the fact that there will likely be traffic delays in both directions — to and from school — all students should have a cell phone or other device with them to communicate anticipated pick up times with their families. Families who don’t usually utilize the bus will not be charged a transportation fee for the time being.
While we anticipate that circumstances will change, it is important to note that this bus arrived on campus today just after 8am which is reason for optimism! If the bus does arrive late to campus moving forward, students will be greeted by an administrator for attendance in the cafeteria and then be dismissed to class. Please also be assured that no students will be penalized for time missed from classes due to transportation issues related to the bridge closure.
Lastly, please know this is a fluid and ever-developing situation. After tomorrow’s trial run, we’ll assess this plan and make adjustments as needed. Our hope is that these measures will only need to be utilized up until next week’s Christmas Break.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we deal with the impacts of this closure. Our pledge is to do everything we can to minimize this disruption for our families and get our students in class.
In the wake of yesterday’s emergency closure of the Washington Bridge, the Rhode Island Department of Education’s (RIDE) Statewide Transportation Program is experiencing delays across the state. As a result, buses for students from East Greenwich, Foster/Glocester, Scituate & West Warwick are expected to be impacted.
Here’s what students, parents, and families need to know:
We will continue to monitor the impacts from the bridge closure. We’ll communicate updates for for East Bay families very soon. Please continue to be patient as bus vendors navigate this situation.
In the wake of yesterday’s emergency closure of the Washington Bridge, we understand this morning’s commute was a challenge for you all.
As you know, the closure is a rapidly developing situation. Governor Dan McKee is scheduled to host a press conference this morning at 11:30am to outline the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s plans.
Based on the news from this briefing and anticipated timeline of disruption, our School Leadership Team will develop a plan for East Bay students moving forward. We’ll have an update for you for this afternoon.
Thank you for your patience.