Summary and Background
The Redwood City School District (RCSD) implemented a school site consolidation plan for the coming school years, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The City routinely works closely with all the school districts serving Redwood City by focusing on after school care, student enrollment, and school safety. In response to the recent RCSD decision to consolidate elementary schools sites, the City is preparing for citywide impacts with several one-time efforts underway to support safe travel to schools and after school programming.
City staff and the Redwood City Police Department created a Neighborhood School Traffic Ambassador Program. This new program seeks to help ease traffic in and around our neighborhood RCSD schools at the beginning of the school year because many children will be attending new schools. As families will be traveling around the City creating new traffic patterns, impacts may not be fully realized until the school year begins. The City is preparing for increased traffic, more cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. To help mitigate some of these impacts, the City has committed to providing additional traffic support and contract crossing guard services for the first month of school. In addition, the Redwood City Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) will serve as traffic ambassadors at school sites during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. The City is looking for more volunteers to join the Neighborhood School Traffic Ambassador Program. City staff is also working with district engineers to update circulation maps to better understand student and family movement throughout the City.
In addition to traffic impacts, the City is also preparing for limitations to after school program availability. The City is expanding its after school program slots to support an additional 90 spaces and financial assistance for families in need.
This web page will be updated as more information becomes available.
School District to Provide Busing
The Redwood City School District will provide busing from select school sites to support families traveling across town. These include:
- Fair Oaks Community Center to Taft Community School
- Hawes Elementary School to Henry Ford Elementary School
- Hawes Elementary School to Roosevelt School
- Selby Lane Neighborhood to Kennedy Middle School
The bus schedules are based on the school bell schedule; pick-up and drop-off locations will be at the school sites, except for the Selby Lane Neighborhood. There will also be a 6 p.m. bus at select City after school program sites provided by RCSD.
To view the RCSD Bell Schedule, go here.
Student Circulation Maps
Henry Ford Elementary School
Kennedy Middle School
Orion Alternative & Mandarin Immersion Programs on the John Gill Campus - Phase 1
Orion Alternative & Mandarin Immersion Programs on the John Gill Campus - Phase 2
Roosevelt Elementary School
Selby Lane Elementary School
Taft Elementary School
School Site Reuse
The Redwood City School District school locations that the district is evaluating reusing are Adelante, Fair Oaks, Hawes and Orion. These school sites all have the potential for reuse, and would need to fall within a permitted use or conditional use, subject to the City's Zoning Ordinance. The City will coordinate with the school district for use of each site.