School Bus Delays Leaving Many Parents Frustrated
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OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THEY WILL BE SEEN BY VETERINARIANS BEFORE BEING SENT TO FOSTER HOMES. ON THIS FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL SOME CPS STUDENTS AREN’T GETTING TO CLASS ON TIME, BUT IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. THE BUSES SUPPOSED TO TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL ARE GETTING THEM THERE LATE OR NOT AT ALL. VI NGUYEN JOINS US LIVE TO TELL US HOW THEY’RE DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM AND WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY. VI. Reporter: PARENTS ARE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GETTING ANY ANSWERS AS TO WHY. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE TUESDAY. THIS MORNING SEVERAL BUSES WERE LATE AGAIN FOR SEVERAL STUDENTS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH SIDE. NOW MARY AND HER SON AIDEN WHO HAS AUTISM WAITED FOR THE BUS THIS MORNING. THE SUNRISE BUS IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE AT 8:15 TO TAKE HIM TO SOUTH SIDE OCCUPATIONAL ACADEMY. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. THE BUS SHOWED UP 30 MINUTES LATER, WHICH IS BETTER COMPARED TO YESTERDAY WHEN THE BUS WAS AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES LATE. WE TRIED TALKING TO THE BUS DRIVER BUT SHE CLOSED THE DOOR ON US. HUGHES SAYS SHE HEARD FROM OTHER PARENTS ABOUT THE PROBLEM. THEY THINK THERE COULD BE A SHORTAGE IN BUS DRIVERS. THERE ARE A LOT OF CHALLENGES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR WITH BUSING BUT THIS IS BIGGER THAN WE’VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS YEARS. THERE ARE BUGS TO WORK OUT THE FIRST WEEK, BUT A BUS NOT SHOWING UP FOR SO MANY PEOPLE IS REALLY A PROBLEM. Reporter: A SPOKESPERSON SENT US A STATEMENT STAYING IN PART, AS THE DISTRICT WORKS TO ACCOMMODATE THE SCHEDULES AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR THERE ARE OCCASIONAL INSTANCES OF DELAYS AS THE BUS ROUTE ARE BEING SOLIDIFIED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR DELAYS AND THANK FAMILIES FOR THEIR PATIENCE. A SPOKESPERSON DID NOT TAKE ANY OF MANY MY QUESTIONS ON CAMERA. HE DID ISSUE ME A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART THEY UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATIONS FROM FAMILIES AND THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH CPS TO RESOLVE THIS SITUATION. WHEN I ASKED HIM WHETHER THIS IS A SHORTAGE WITH BUS DRIVERS

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