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Posted - 02/13/2014 :  09:07:48 AM  Show Profile  Click to see kd4jfd's MSN Messenger address  Send kd4jfd a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
What would you recommend we should do about a parent who usually takes 5 minutes or more to get her child to the bus?

The bus trip is to a special school about a 1.5 hour drive one way and goes to a major metropolitan area where traffic can cause long delays. Usually, for every minute late, we are between 3 and 5 minutes late arriving at the school, and that includes a built-in 15 minute 'fudge' time. To clarify, if the parent gets the student out on time, we are 15 minutes early. If 5 minutes late, we can be 15 minutes late getting to school. Add in an accident-30 minutes late.

We have had the administration talk with the parent and they will cooperate for a few days, then back to the lateness.


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Posted - 02/14/2014 :  10:00:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is my opinion of course, but here goes. First question; is there another child that is either on the bus or needs to be picked up or is this the only child? The only reason I say this is you might get a fire built under mom if you can convey to her that others are suffering because she can't get up earlier to prepare he child for the day. Secondly; I am assuming you have talked directly to the mother and not through personnel at the transportation facility. Often times I have discovered that if I just step off the bus and politely explain what is taking place because she is placing the child on the bus late then things get better. Also, find out exactly what your school's policy is regarding being late for the bus. On regular education routes we honk three times (with 5 seconds between honks and after the last honk) and then move on. As for special education routes we will give them a little extra time but I understand that in a situation like this you don't have that option.

Again, this is my two cents.

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