3 years ago on 10/15/2015 at 10:12 PM

I'm curious (and furious within Park Ridge! ) to know if anyone is having school bus issues in Park Ridge. My son's Emerson bus didn't showed on Friday (apparently it was half an hour late) and kids started walking - across busy streets, railroad tracks and along the cemetery, while others called parents for a ride. The principal ended up picking up some walkers and others, like my boy got a ride from a friend's mom. The bus driver apparently showed 1/2 hr later with her 3 kids on the bus, one being an infant - and started picking up as she found kids. If my friend didn't text me to say she drive my don to school I'd have been none the wiser until that night. In speaking with my son and his friends this driver has her baby in a car seat on the bus. Also, I heard some 6th graders sit on the floor or 3 to a seat while 8th graders are 1 to a seat (not sure how accurate this is). How can this be? A bus company has 1 job. To get kids safely to and from school in a timely manner. Other busses are routinely late to school. There was NO communication from the school on this issue. i called Emerson and was directed to call D64 bus person. I have left a message and have had no return call. So now I'm putting it out here. Not sure if I go to the superintendent next or a board meeting. Any other bus issues?


3 years ago on 10/15/2015 at 10:18 PM

The busses this year have been horrible. The bus was a 1/2 hour late getting my kids home from Roosevelt last week. They were getting to school after the bell for the first weeks of school. My 6 year old son got off the bus crying that the bus driver hit him a couple of weeks ago. I want the bus service from last year back. Our bus drivers last year were wonderful and prompt and friendly.

3 years ago on 10/15/2015 at 10:27 PM

There have been some ups and downs for sure -- the first couple days was bad -- I guess we have been lucky after that. Matt has had same driver as last year a couple of times

3 years ago on 10/15/2015 at 10:30 PM

I can't believe the driver has a baby on the bus, and half an hour late is inexcusable. So is kids sitting on the floor of the bus, if that part is accurate. And likely illegal.

3 years ago on 10/15/2015 at 11:55 PM

If someone hit my child you better believe I'd be talking to the superintendent. Patricia you should go up the ladder until you get an answer you can accept.

3 years ago on 10/16/2015 at 6:46 AM

There's someone at the district office in charge of buses, so call there and talk to that person. We had bus problems sometimes when my kids were younger and the district was always very responsive.

3 years ago on 10/16/2015 at 10:02 AM

Am I the only one who wonders why a bus driver would feel the need to bring three little kids with her to work? Is this one of those many parent-vs-parent things?

3 years ago on 10/16/2015 at 10:07 AM

Baby on bus in a seat may be allowed. there are not a whole lot of bus drivers out here. I guarantee you

3 years ago on 10/16/2015 at 2:23 PM

This is your Tax dollars at work totally inexcusable