School bus is late in Chesterfield, school district apologizes

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A typical Friday morning at their bus stop in Chesterfield for several middle schoolers was anything but.

Dana Stearrett worried for her daughter's safety, after she received a cell phone call that her daughter's bus didn't show up.

"12, 13, 14 year olds should not be standing out here, in the cold for over an hour, waiting for that school bus," says Dana.

But it happened this morning at the corner of Corryville Road and Sunset Hills. We're told the kids normally get to the bus stop around 6:50 a.m. and the bus is here by 7:00. But at 7:15, Dana called the school district saying the bus wasn't here.

The district told her a second bus was on it's way. But Dana says that didn't come in time. So she packed the kids at the stop into her mini van and took them to school.

"I was very aggravated because the school didn't have anything together. At 7:15 they said they were aware of it," says Dana.

Those kids missed about an hour of classes.

The school district issued a statement this morning, saying, "We sincerely appreciate the understanding of those families who were impacted by the late bus, and apologize for the disruption to their schedules this morning."

The district found out from the parents about the situation. That's when the district radioed the bus driver and found out that the driver was running late.

So the district sent out a second bus to pick up any kids still waiting at their stops.

"I think the school system needs to call parents and let them know," says Dana. The district says they could do that with their ParentLink. But due to the timing in this situation, that wasn't necessary since the district sent out a second bus right away.

We're told the district is handling the situation as a personnel matter and the appropriate disciplinary action is being taken.

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