Parents Have Questions About Late School Buses In Nashville
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several parents have concerns about the lateness of school buses, picking up and dropping off their children.
The Number 215 bus arrived on time Tuesday afternoon. But that morning the bus was more than a half hour late picking up students at Julia Green Elementary School in Green Hills.
Parents said the bus has been late on several occasions.
"Maybe two weeks ago, the bus didn't come until 5 [p.m.]. It's supposed to be here at 3:30 [p.m.]. So that was a real problem," said parent Christy York.
She has two children who attend Julia Green. York is concerned her children are not arriving to school on time.
"We get an email yesterday saying how it's TCAP time, have your kids there on time, don't let them miss anything, and here we are relying on them getting to school on time on the bus, and it doesn't always happen," York explained.
A spokeswoman for Metro Nashville Public Schools said the Number 215 bus was late on Tuesday morning because of a double run with high school students.
The district transports 50,000 twice each school day. Absent drivers have been causing delays on some bus routes.
"We don't know if it's going to be 5 minutes late, ten minutes late, 30 minutes late, and hour and a half late. You never know, so you always thinking, it'll be here any minute, it'll be here any minute," said parent Marcie Campbell.
Her son also rides the Number 215 bus. Campbell said a late bus is more than just an inconvenience, it is worrisome to parents who have no idea where there children are, when they should be home.
Campbell's husband wondered if there is not a more efficient way to notify parents that their child's bus will be late.
"I expect that he's at school, or on his way home and if it's an hour difference from when he's supposed to be here, I'd like to know that," Nathan Campbell said.
He said with today's cell phone technology, there should be way to contact parents.
"Here's my bus route, let me know within a certain window if it's going to be late, or not," Campbell commented.
The school spokeswoman said the district has made improvements with bus on-time schedules. Rates dropped by 77 percent for late morning arrivals. That number is 42 percent decrease for afternoon arrivals.
The spokeswoman said the best way to track a late bus is to call the district's customer service line at 615-259-INFO.