|Published:||Sep 11, 2012 10:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 11, 2012 11:39 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fl. - For now, students at several gated communities in Lee County will continue catching their school bus inside the neighborhood.
This debate started after the district moved their stops to busy roads to follow policy. But that same policy could change.
"I would grab my kids hands and huddle them together and run to get on and off the bus... it was one of the most stressful things I have ever experienced," says one parent.
One by one, parents wearing yellow school bus shirts made their case about the safety of these buses' precious cargo.
"It's very scary to have the kids waiting out on Corkscrew, there is al sorts of cars dump trucks that go speeding by and thank God it's back where it belongs now, we just want to keep it that way," says parent, Jordan Joseph.
Eight gated communities and nine bus stops are at the center of the debate. Monday, leaders with the transportation department, local law enforcement and Florida Highway Patrol completed a safety study. Between 7:30 and about 10:30am, after kids are already picked up, the committee visited the 9 bus stops in question and they concluded they were safe.
"The school bus is a moving traffic signal..." says Robert Morgan, Transportation Director.
"Well, a lot of people are already at work at 7:30... I cant wait to read those reports, that will be my bedtime reading tonight," says Jeanne Dozier with the School Board.
For now, the bus stops will stay inside the communities. The board voted unanimously to meet with a representative from each community to hear their concerns. Then, the board will reexamine the district policy that decides where stops go.
"I am hopeful, We're not giving up, We're going to make sure our kids are safe," says parent, Cara Chazin.
School Board leaders say it will be at least 2 or 3 months before they have all the information needed to start reevaluating their policy.