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This blog documents recent school bus troubles of children attending special education programs in New York City.

40 Minutes Late 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:09:00 PM Categories: Late to School
On Tuesday 31 May, our bus from Consolidated was 40 minutes late. Nobody called to inform us, nobody answered the phones as I called for information. The bus arrived as I was on the phone reporting them to the OPT so OPT cancelled the report. I will be late at work today, again, due to Consolidated Bus, while this could have . . . read more »
 

Theft and Bullying on School Bus 

Monday, December 06, 2010 9:12:26 PM Categories: Assaults Bullying O.P.T.
My 8 yr old child rides the school bus with nine 17 year olds who have extreme behavior problems. I filled a police report against one of the teens today for petty larceny and menacing. This teen took my child's iPod yesterday and was flicking a lighter behind him. OPT did remove my child from this route but the practice of mixing ages on . . . read more »
 

Two Hour+ Bus Ride Home 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:03:31 PM Categories: Excessive Time
My child's bus arrived home today at 4:54 pm. School let out at 2:40 pm. I called the USA united fleet at 4:31 and spoke to a dispatcher who assured me that the bus would be arriving in 7 minutes The bus arrived at my door at 4:54. My child has consistently been dropped off after 4:30 and even later since we moved to this route at the end of . . . read more »
 

Missing School Bus #3 

Monday, November 29, 2010 9:30:49 PM Categories: No show
This morning the bus was a no-show. We called the bus company at about 7:40 (pick up time is usually 7:05 - 7:15). After a being put on hold for a while we were told that the bus had broken down and was on its way. The bus company could not tell us when the bus would arrive because the radio was broken. At 8:00 AM, I decided to give up and took . . . read more »
 

Missing School Bus #2 

Monday, November 29, 2010 9:27:45 PM Categories: No show O.P.T.
This morning our child's bus did not show up. I called the bus company several times this morning and I was repeatly put on hold and twice was hung up on. I was on the phone from 7:16 to 7:57 when I finally was able to speak to a dispatcher, the dispatcher placed me on hold and finally at 8:05 am the dispatcher confirmed that the bus would be . . . read more »
 

Missing School Bus #1 

Monday, November 29, 2010 9:24:20 PM Categories: No show O.P.T.
This morning the School Bus never showed up. We first waited on the street for two hours, with my young child carrying a backpack, standing on the sidewalk with a temperature in the mid 30’s. As our Bus driver & Matron decline to provide a mobile number, the only way for me to be informed is through the Company's Dispatcher, who never . . . read more »
 

Accident - still no proper notification 

Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:32:23 AM Categories: Accidents O.P.T.
My child’s school bus had an accident in our neighborhood on October 27, 2010. I could hear the sirens of the emergency vehicles from our home, and little did I know that my child was there. Nobody called to inform me of the situation despite the fact that they spent three hours on the bus during the ordeal. Fortunately nobody was injured, . . . read more »
 

Dangerous Conditions 

Monday, November 22, 2010 2:48:15 PM Categories: Assaults Bullying
Four students have been trying to change bus since September. Young students are mixed with violent high school students from another school. Students have thrown paper, water bottles and have spit out of the bus. In addition they have physically assaulted one another and yelled profanities at other students, the driver and the matron. During . . . read more »
 

More Late Arrivals and Excessive Time 

Monday, November 22, 2010 2:44:52 PM Categories: Excessive Time Late to School O.P.T.
Late arrival- bus arrival times are logged daily at all locations. Children consistently arrive late to school and miss mandated therapies scheduled for first period. Late arrivals have gotten slightly better as the year has progressed but are still a problem. Experience from past years shows that the late arrivals will pick up again when the . . . read more »
 

CYA 

Friday, November 19, 2010 4:15:46 PM Categories: No show
This morning we waited for the bus at the usual time. The bus had not arrived after a while so we called the bus company. We were informed that the bus driver had come and we were not there so the driver left. Our building's doorman reported that he had seen no school bus arrive that morning at any time. This was another no-show, so we had to . . . read more »
 
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