School Bus Setback – Guest Post
November 25, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
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I have always respected the rules involving school buses. No matter how late I am running or how frustrating it is to follow one, I always have made sure that I am the correct distance behind them. I always stop when they pick up children. It’s the law. Others who are braver tend to go around the bus. Even though I would like to, I’m not that brave.
However, I do have a problem when I am stopped and am waiting for the child or children to come out of their home, and I see them walking at that slow, dawdling pace, and then finally venture onto the bus. Not to mention waiting for them to sit down before the driver will stop flashing the STOP sign. I timed this the other day. From the moment my car stopped until the bus closed the STOP sign and started moving was 5 minutes and 23 seconds. That is utterly ridiculous! The driver stopped and waited. The child’s front door opened and a boy came out. Half way to the bus, he turned around and walked back into his house. Then he came back out with his lunch bag. Walking toward the bus, another child came out of the house without her coat. Her mother (I’m assuming) called her back into the house, etc. There is no reason why myself and 10 other drivers had to wait that long. The bus was not a handicapped bus. It was a regular school bus. This is an everyday occurrence; particularly with this route. The more frustrating thing is that unfortunately, it is not just this specific bus, but I have also noticed it with other school buses in other districts.
Since when do bus drivers wait for kids to come out? When I was picked up by a bus (13 years ago), if you were not physically waiting at that spot, the driver would keep on going. It was up to me then to either hike down to another street and be picked up at another stop, or the other alternative was to walk to school. The driver had a schedule to follow. If we weren’t standing out there, she assumed we weren’t going to be at school that day.
Are parents today not teaching their kids to be responsible? I know it’s just a school bus, but these are the little things that can shape a child/teenager’s sense of accountability. If they are constantly dragging, tardy or making other people late, then how will they act when they reach that point in their lives when they are on their own? Why is the driver waiting for these kids? I guarantee that if the kids miss the bus once and either have to walk to school or have their parents drive them; they’ll never miss the bus again.
I’m not sure why this is such a sore subject with me when I know that absolutely nothing will be done about it.