UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - It has been a rocky start to the school year in Prince George's County when it comes to transportation. On the first day of class, two children were mistakenly put on school buses when they shouldn't have been. Now, more parents are coming forward with complaints.
Phallyn Brown said her son's kindergarten teacher called from Clinton Grove Elementary School on Wednesday to say he fell asleep and didn't get on his school bus at the end of the day. She had to rush to the school to pick him up.
“This is multiple children not being placed in the right place, not being put where they should be going,” said Brown. “I just feel like that is very, very bogus. That shouldn’t happen.”
It happened just one day after two other Clinton Grove students were mistakenly put on buses and sent home to empty houses instead of being placed in after school care.
“We definitely are putting things in place to ensure that our students arrive to school, and at dismissal, arrive home safely,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson Sherrie Johnson. “So we definitely are reviewing our procedures and our plans to make sure that all students are safe at all times.”
Should parents expect to not see anymore issues?
“We are certainly going to work towards that,” said Johnson. “That is our top priority.”
Tyvonda Downing contacted FOX 5 about her eighth grader, Miles, who attends Thurgood Marshall Middle School. She said that his school bus has yet to show up the morning in the first three days of the school year.
“I'm just getting excuses after excuse after excuse,” Downing said. “Today, Miles got at the bus stop at 7:48 [a.m.] and stayed there until 9:10 [a.m.]. No bus.”
The single mother said her older son hopped on his bus to high school and she had left for work. She had no one to pick up Miles and drive him in to school, so she told him to head home.
“You never know what can happen as far as him waiting outside for the bus for long periods of time,” said Downing. “It upsets me because I feel like it’s interfering with his education all because they can't get the transportation schedule right. It's very upsetting because he's sitting at home right now.”
Johnson believes in this case, the problem is a miscommunication about the exact location of the bus stop.
“We definitely want to work with her to make sure that her student arrives at school safely,” said Johnson.