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Overcrowded Buses

For the first three weeks of school, the students who ride the bus on route 242 had to wait over 30 minutes for their bus to come. After it arrived, it often took several more minutes to take off due to the fact that the number of students on the bus is well above the legal maximum.

This always seems to happen at the beginning of the school year. Not only due the buses take forever to come, but then the students either have to wait for the school to call in a second bus or have to sit in the aisle while other students are sitting with three people in seats that were clearly designed to only hold two (despite what the district says). This doesn’t include the occasional pupil who believes that his/her backpack deserves its own seat.

Thankfully, the situation always seems to gradually improve as the school year goes on. Route 242 now uses two buses to transport students to their homes and the number of students sitting on the floor has decreased.

It still doesn’t fix the fact that the school buses are almost always late at the beginning of the year. It is a genuine problem that causes people to lose whatever faith and trust they had in the school bus system.

Multiple students (myself included) have tried talking to Mr. Yee about this issue. He claims that he can’t do anything about the problem, which may be true. On the other hand, he does, however, probably know people who CAN help (he’s the principal of the school, for crying out loud).

Let’s just hope that the school will learn from their past mistakes and be extra careful when sending students home. It may help if they are able to send two buses for routes with too many students. This way, more students will be able to go home quickly and safely.

By: Brig Larson

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