Valley kids still encountering bus transportation problems to school
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The first week of school will be one that is definitely remembered for one Las Vegas Valley. But not for the right reasons.
They say that their child's school bus never showed up the first day of school. Or any other day.
4-year-old Cash was all ready to go on the first day of school at Betsy Rhodes Elementary School but his smile quickly faded when the bus never came.
Erika Manasco says her son is part of a special program called "Child Find." The bus is supposed to take him from day care to preschool and then back to day care.
But, Manasco got a phone call that the bus never showed up.
She says that was just the beginning of a hectic day. She called the school district to discuss the problem but never got a clear answer. Manasco says that even though her son is registered for bus service, family members are now having to transport him.
The Clark County School District says they don't know exactly what went wrong. The district sent Action News a statement that reads in part: "Once it was brought to the Transportation Department's attention that this student did not receive the bus service needed on the first day of school, the request to accommodate this student was expedited so that transportation could be provided as soon as possible."
But, as soon as possible could mean days. The district says Cash needs a special "door-to-door" pick up because of his age and the program. That means other bus routes will likely have to be altered to accommodate him and that takes time.
The school district says it makes roughly 9,000 door-to-door pick ups each day.
Manasco says that her family will handle the transportation duties for now. Action News will continue to keep an eye on this situation.