Two parents in Lehigh Acres are fuming mad over late school buses. Each contacted WINK News, wondering why the Lee school district has no system to notify parents of late buses. The district is responding.
"I am just angry and disgusted with the late bus," says Sandra Stubblefield. She claims she and her daughter waited for 40 minutes for the bus to Hipps elementary on Thursday morning. She says her daughter was bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes, and has bites all over the backs of her legs.
"I called the transportation department and was told to be patient and wait. I wish they had a system to call us and say, the bus is late. Then, we could have stayed inside the house and my daughter would not have all those bites," says Stubblefield. She adds: the bus has run late more than a few times in the past couple of years.
Kira Badger has a similar complaint. She says she waited for one hour for her son's bus to arrive Wednesday afternoon. "This is outrageous, I received no call or explanation, I called the school and got no explanation. I was worrying, thinking maybe there was an accident or something. We have a lot of accidents in this area," says Badger. She too feels the bus runs late too often.
The Lee school district says it does not have the resources to phone or text each parent. But that will change in late spring, the district says, when the transportation dept. begins using the ParentLink upgrade. It will allow the district to alert parents by text or phone, of things like late-running buses.