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i recently found out my kids will no longer get the school bus they will have to walk or be car riders but i dont drive im so worried . anyone else going thrue this?
Wow, Tabitha, that sounds tough. I actually talked to a mom at orientation telling me their children have to walk a mile to get to their Alturas bus stop, and I was shocked. How close to the school do you live? Would you be able to walk with them?
Maybe you can contact the school to ask about car pools? At orientation last week, my school had a desk for parents to coordinate this sort of thing. Maybe the front office can help you out on Monday.
Tabitha, here's an article that outlines what sounds like exactly what you're dealing with. I have a friend that just realized her girls aren't getting the bus because they are within that two mile limit. I think it's crazy that anyone would think it's okay for two little girls to walk through a high crime area and cross four lanes of highway 17 from Union Academy.
This is what we have all been worrying about.
I also contacted the transportation department my son has to wait at the lake 4 blocks down from our house where there are alligators .....hes in middle school so I guess that why there was no reply to my email........by the way the bus did not even show up to his school to transport the kids back home on the first day of school.......I made him car rider yesterday .......so I hope he gets home today without me waiting for 1 1/2 to then find out hes still at the school! pray for me!!!
by the way my prayers go to the young mans family who attends tenroc high who passed away this morning walking to school
I walked to elementary school. It wasn't that far...maybe even under a mile.
I walked pretty far to get home from middle and high school though...at least a mile and a half. There weren't too many major intersections, but some of the roads were pretty curvy and without sidewalks, with lots of wooded areas, so it was dangerous. It was often cold, raining, snowing as well. One time while walking home, I actually got physically attacked by a mentally ill man who escaped from an institution. My mom made a big deal about it with the schools and I got bus service after that.
My current house is well over a mile away from the nearest school bus stop. I called the transportation department at the schools I believe they said I need to be more than 1.5 miles away from the stop to have another stop added.
I think that is messed up that they changed bussing without notifying people way in advance. Also, if the roads have no sidewalks and there are major intersections, lack of stop signs, high accident statistics, etc...they should take that into consideration when deciding on bus stops. If it is truly a dangerous place for an adult to be walking, why would they ask a 5 year old to walk there?
I would try to find some other parents in the same situation to form a carpool, and you could also make your concerns public (news, etc.)