advice for dealing with late school bus

Dafna - posted on 10/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My kids (ages 6 and 8) take the bus home. The bus is always 30 minutes late to pick them up so it takes them nearly an hour to get home. I've spoken to the school and the bus company to see if there is a way the buses can be more prompt but there is not much they will do.

What bothers me most is that for the 30 minute wait the kids have to sit still and wait - no playing, no running around. It seems to be that if they have that long of a wait they should be allowed to play - preferably outside.

I've spoken to the principal and he has not been very understanding or helpful. He says they do things this way so kids don't wander off.

Any advice on how to approach this issue? Am I off base?

thanks!

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Dove - posted on 10/01/2012

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That's weird that they drop off middle schoolers first... unless the middle school gets out earlier than the elementary. At the elementary level here the buses are waiting for the kids when they get out of school, but at the middle school level the kids that live IN town are taken home first and then the buses come back for the kids that live out of town... which would be us. Our bus stop drop off is still only about 40 minutes after school lets out, but... it's not a far drive and we're the first drop off.

Aimee - posted on 10/01/2012

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or maybe you could try a coloring book.....my son loves "i spy" books. Good luck.

Dafna - posted on 10/01/2012

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Thanks... the book is a good idea, I'll try that. My older one does her homework most days, but for the younger one it's been tougher. There aren't any girls her age on our bus so she doesn't have anyone to play with while she waits. I packed a book and some jacks. Maybe that'll keep them busy. But no, 30 minutes is no exaggeration - some days it's even longer. The bus that picks them up drops off the middle schoolers first, and then goes to their school. On the days when I can pick them up, I do, but most days I work which is why they take the bus.

Amy - posted on 10/01/2012

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Try reaching out to the teacher and seeing if they can read a book while at the desk waiting. 30 minutes does seem like a long time to be waiting but I wonder if that's an exaggeration on their part.

Aimee - posted on 10/01/2012

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please don't take this the wrong way or get offended but I think if you step back and think about it, it really isn't a big deal. Are your kids complaining or is it more you? And for them to be sitting and waiting is definitely a way for the school to make sure all the kids are safe...imagine if they allowed them to play etc and someone got hurt or wandered off and the school didn't realize it and then that child wasn't on the bus to make it home??? I would go crazy! Now if the bus running late is effecting prior engagements (late for work etc), then you way want to see if you can change your schedule or have a neighbor get the kids or pick them up from school yourself. :)

My son is also on the bus for close to an hour and he is 5 but he loves it and I think it is really good for him because he is learning what is appropriate behavior.

So I hope I didn't offend you.

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