My son’s school day ends at 3:40, but he doesn’t arrive at his after-school care facility until some time between 5:35 and 5:55, just a few minutes before I pick him up from after care at 6:00 pm. He doesn’t have time to do his homework during after care, and he is struggling in school as a result. In the morning, he either arrives late to school and misses breakfast; or he eats breakfast when he arrives to school 15-30 minutes late, thus making him 30-45 minutes late to class.
— Kari Fischer
My son is bused for his IB+Autism high school, but the afternoon bus a) takes 2+ hours and b) picks up 15 minutes before school ends! Missing a chunk of academics — Algebra, no less — to leave 15 minutes early each day to then sit for 2+ hours on a bus (when it’s a 15-20 minute drive) is unacceptable.
We stopped trying to ride the bus after three weeks of frustration. We could never get through on the transportation hotline and all of my emails went unanswered by the transportation office. The bus was scheduled to arrive between 4:26 and 4:46 daily but typically left the school around 4:30 pm and arrived at the bus stop between 5:00 and 5:30 pm. My son started getting frustrated because his bus was so late to school in the morning that he missed the morning announcements and technology class. We simply gave up — no one even tried to address our concerns.
— Rashida T.
My daughter, a first grader at Dora Kennedy French Immersion, lives less than ten minutes away from her school. Her bus in the morning gets her to school in less than fifteen minutes. After school, my six year old would wait in the school gym for over half an hour to wait for her bus to arrive. After a full day and with homework to be done, my daughter was dropped at her bus stop at ten of five (almost an hour after dismissal!). This drop off time varied by over 20 minutes that week. Dutifully, I called the transportation office, but after a week of waiting and uncertainty, I now pick her up from school.
— Kate M.
My daughter is a kindergartener at the Spanish Immersion program at Phyllis E. Williams. For the first week of school this year we had a few transportation issues, which we equated to it being a new school year. We assumed that perhaps just like students the bus drivers would need time to acclimate as well.
However, by the second week, everything went downhill, the bus was late between 15 and 30 minutes daily resulting in my daughter getting to school late. School has been in session for a month and within this time my daughter has only been on time for school a total of 5 days. For a kindergarten student entering a new school program specifically at a Spanish Immersion School, this has been a nightmare. She arrives once the other students have already begun their daily instruction, which is completely throwing off her routine.
During the 2015-2016 school year my daughter’s afternoon bus route was changed without any prior notification to parents. This resulted in the bus which usually arrived in Hyattsville around 4:45 to arrive after 6pm. All of the children on that bus, some as young as 4 years old, were in tears. From that day on the afternoon bus situation was a mess. It was taking them well over an hour to get the kids from Robert Goddard/GWES back to Hyattsville every afternoon. After a prolonged email and phone call campaign from a vocal group of parents the situation was sort-of resolved but their new afternoon bus was chronically late getting them from school every day.