Parents Asked To Wait For School Children At Bus Stop

As the new school season begins, parents of primary aged children are reminded to be on hand at a designated bus stop as children arrive home from school, to avoid the children remaining on the bus. The suggestion comes from Board of Education member and Chairman of the Transportation Committee Isaac Zlatkin, following several incidents.

“There have been many instances today where the inexperienced young children who are overwhelmed during the first week of school remain on the bus, not knowing they are supposed to get off”, Zlatkin tells TLS. “Many children assume they will be dropped off by their house and when the driver tells them to get off they reply, ‘I don’t live here’, even though it is their official bus stop”.

Today, a child failed to get off at his proper stop and rode till the end of the bus route, with his mother frantically trying to figure out why her child was not home yet. TLS-CCP.

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  1. I must also add that now that school is in session, that everyone must STOP when a school bus is stopped with their reds on and children are getting on and off the busses, don’t beep your horn, or wave like it’s okay as you go through the reds, please remember that it may not be your child but they are someones children so PLEASE BE SAFE. Thank you

  2. ‘please wait for your 5 year old child at the bus stop. we prefer you do not allow your child to walk the streets on his own”

    i cannot believe they have to even SUGGEST this to a parent.

  3. The bus routes need a lot of fixing.

    BOE Transportation Dept. won’t talk to me about our stop until October! The bus company, school and driver are not able to effect any short-term fixes until the almighty BOE decides it’s something they are willing to deal with.

    At the least, when someone answers the phone there, a warm and understanding voice would be appreciated. A cold, toneless and short response was all I got.

    At least the other parties (besides BOE) were sympathetic and civil and at least heard me out.

    Our bus stop challenge:
    We have a stop up the road, across the street and around the corner (2nd house in) from our house – on a 50-mph-zone street. If they won’t come up my side street, why won’t the driver at least stop BEFORE the corner? It shouldn’t make a difference to the driver, but to it makes a HUGE difference to me every morning and afternoon.

  4. @ #2, well believe it. You don’t know how many parents are not on the corner waiting for their children, they are down the street in front of their houses waiting instead.

  5. Didn’t we have a very young child hit a car several years ago when she tried to cross the street by herself? She was supposed to go to a relatives house. No one was at the buss stop. Common sense dictates that you meet your young school chiildren at the stop.

  6. No parent should have to be told to wait for their kids. It’s a no brainer. There are sick people out there, as we found out so painfully earlier this summer. Better safe than sorry!

  7. Well, my sons bus card said to wait at a corner 2 min away from my house (even though there is an official stop 30 ft from my door) and so I did. But the driver dropped my 5 yr old son off at the door instead, leaving him crying because we weren’t home for him…..

    So, we stayed in front of our house the next day, only to see him walking home from the corner (2 min away) himself!!!!!!

    I guess you should call DYFUS on us right? Am I a sick person because I “wasn’t there to take my son off the bus”????? Before you blame parents for not being by the bus stop, realize there may be something YOU don’t know. When will there be some consistency with this bus service? The trans dept said they don’t want to hear anything till Oct.

    I’m hiring people to stand at every corner in a 5 block radius so I won’t be called a sicko. $5 an hour so you should make $10-15 a day

  8. you don’t have to be a genius to understand the need to wait at a bus stop for your children.
    Stop blaming the BOE or the bus companies for your error in judgement.
    Mr. Zlatkin is very concerned about your childs welfare, maybe it’s time you did also.

  9. @ #8, nobody is blaming parents and if your child was dropped off at 2 different places like that call the bus company, maybe your son didn’t see you @ the bus stop so the driver brought him to your door as a courtesy? It happens.

  10. This year seems to b with the bus really out of hand I could write a whole comedy skit based on the buses I do understand it really must b a big headache to get it right but there is a limit to how many mistakes u can make I can’t write the whole megilla but just 2 I will write for a few days now we have had 2 buses each 10 min apart coming for the same kids they go on the first bus 10 min later another bus comes to my house and beeps twice seeing no kids goes on I kid u not still ongoing,second story bus driver tells me tommorow 10 min earlier no promlem tells my kid 20 min earlier no promlem get him out 25 min earlier shows up the original
    time asked bus driver when is their time looks at card and says original
    l time
    Go figure

  11. your child as mine are our top priorites. I would like to propose we do away with busing and take the funds to repair our public schools. This way no one would complain about children not knowing where to get off. It would be up to the parent to pick his/her child up from school.

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