Letters to the Editor

Manatee County school district busing system fails too often

Students board Manatee County School District buses  at King Middle School.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald file
Students board Manatee County School District buses at King Middle School.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald file gjefferies@bradenton.com

Several times the school bus has been late to pick up and/or drop off my son. The latest event was Tuesday. My mother was watching our two younger children and waiting on my son to come home from school. He is supposed to be home by around 4:40 p.m. He didn't arrive until 5:55 p.m.

Since it seems to be the norm he would run later, my mother didn't initially worry. When the time became later than he normally was running, she became concerned and started putting calls out to my husband and myself.

Due to our jobs we are not readily available by telephone. We received the messages that he still hadn't arrived at the house. Panic ensued.

My husband began to try to locate me to see if I had heard anything. He eventually received a text from our son. This was around 5:30 p.m.

No effort had been made by the Manatee County School system to make contact with parents. I am glad that my son was responsible enough to text, but he didn't even know all the details.

Had the school system made appropriate notification, he could have been picked up and taken home; instead he sat at the school until late evening with other students.

I later learned his bus supposedly had mechanical problems; this has occurred several times. A second bus was dispatched but was late because it became stuck in traffic.

This has been a recurring problem. One time I had to pick him up at a gas station due to mechanical failure.

I have made calls to transportation and was told the problem had been remedied. Apparently it hasn't and continues.

In order for him to successfully complete is IB program, he needs to get to school and home on time.

Erica Hart

Parrish

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