Letter to the editor: Parents deserve a response from school on bus questions | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Parents deserve a response from school on bus questions

Amy Young

First, congratulations to Summit school staff for starting up in classrooms five days a week! It is appreciated by the community.

My concern and purpose for writing this letter is the lack of school transportation for certain areas of the county. We all see buses moving about in the county, but many in rural areas do not receive this benefit. I know that school districts are not required to provide busing. I know that finding bus drivers has been an issue. My question is related to how the school system decides what students receive bus service. I would think students who live the farthest from their schools and have no access to public transportation would be the first to get bus transportation. This is not the case.

Families in rural areas of the county are expected to drive their children to and from school. In some cases, parents are responsible for daily transportation to multiple schools. This is costly on many levels: time lost from work, transportation costs, etc. For those impacted, their frustration is compounded when they pass multiple buses on their way to and from the schools.

Many parents have reached out to the district transportation office with questions about bus service for their children, but they have not received a response to their questions or requests. At a minimum, they deserve a response. More broadly, it may be a good time to reevaluate the school transportation policy and potential solutions to this problem that are fair to all students in the county.

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