WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Parents in the Creekwood community say that their children are not getting to school on time because of late school buses.
Parents and their children spent an hour waiting for the school bus in the pouring rain on Monday at the North 30th school bus stop. Rachel Freeman Elementary School begins at 7:50 a.m. and parents say their children did not get to school until 8:20 a.m. causing them to miss the school-served breakfast and parts of class.
"No child deserves to stand in the rain for hours," says frustrated parent Kyrean White. "It really saddened my heart when I saw a mother and her son soaking in the rain, no umbrella, and no jacket. That's when I knew I had to say something."
White says she has contacted the school about the late buses but has not gotten any explanation. She says lack of communication is the biggest frustration for Creekwood parents. The school does not let them know the bus will arrive late, so they do not have time to make arrangements to get their children to school on time.
"Find a way to communicate with us. That's all we are asking. I don't think that's a lot to ask at all," says White.
A statement from the New Hanover County School System says "the Freeman bus was late today due to a miscommunication between the Coordinator and the driver for the North 30th stop. The issue has been resolved."
Parents are asking for a text message, phone call or email that will alert them when the bus will be late.
"It's unfair to the students and it's also unfair to us as parents," said White. "You ask us to be better parents at home so our students can be successful at school. How can we be better parents if you do not inform us of information about our child's transportation? How can we be prepared?"
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