The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round…to CCSD Intensive English Programs!

The CCSD International Welcome Center works in tandem with CCSD Transportation to provide newcomer students with bus routes to attend schools tailored to meet their language needs.

In order to meet the language needs of our newcomer students, the Cobb County School District provides Intensive English Language (IEL) programs throughout the district for qualifying students in grades 6-12. These IEL programs are located at various middle and high schools around the district. While many students attend IEL classes at their home school, some students take an IEL bus from their home school to their designated IEL Center.  Staff at the CCSD International Welcome Center at Rose Garden work closely with Transportation Field Coordinators to navigate the multiple steps involved in setting up transportation for our IEL students.

Communication is key to successfully welcoming our newcomer students who are learning English into the district. Yamilé Sardiñas, International Student Services clerk, plays a critical role in welcoming newcomers, including arranging transportation to IEL Centers for our newest students.  Once a student qualifies for IEL services, the “wheels” are set into motion! She reaches out to the appropriate Transportation Field Coordinator in order to have the student added to the IEL bus route. Once transportation is arranged, Ms. Sardiñas then communicates bus procedures and next steps to students and families.

Featured above (left to right): Mr. Rafael Gonzales “Mr. G”, IEL Bus Driver, Mr. Patrick Jarvis, Transportation Field Coordinator – Lassiter Cluster, Ms. Yamilé Sardinãs, International Student Services Clerk

Patrick Jarvis works in the Lassiter cluster as part of a great team of Transportation Field Coordinators. He, along with his colleagues, work diligently to get newcomer students assigned to the appropriate route in a timely manner. The IEL routes are a constant challenge because they are always changing, but Mr. Jarvis says communication between all involved helps get our CCCSD IEL students where they need to be. “There are many spokes on the wheel for success and it wouldn’t happen without each and every spoke turning.” Mr. Jarvis also credits his amazing team of drivers like Rafael Gonzales, known as “Mr.G” by his students, as being the real hero and a calming influence for our newcomer students.

The behind the scenes work of both IWC and Transportation staff is a true testament to One Team, One Goal: Student Success!

Amy Perkins
Program Manager, International Welcome Center

Contributing Author: Elizabeth Webb, ESOL Supervisor

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