Tulsa parents upset about bus delays

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/24 5:33 pm Published: 1/24 3:38 pm

Another morning with dangerous wind chills and FOX23 uncovered more reported problems with Tulsa Public School buses.

One mother told FOX23 her child was stranded at the bus stop for 45 minutes in single-digit temperatures.

Seven buses had trouble starting Friday morning, and a student inside told me his bus did not show up.

“Usually it comes around 8, well it's supposed to come around 8,” said Damien Anderson.

Anderson said his bus regularly runs 15 minutes or more behind schedule.

“Out of the five days in the week, how many of those days would you say the bus is late?” asked FOX23’s Janai Norman.

“Mostly, like most of the time. Sometimes it (comes) so late, students start to walk home,” he said.

To avoid delays in the bitter cold, Rosalyn Van Jackson, with TPS Transportation Departments, told FOX23 the district brought buses into bay areas with heaters, and brought drivers in early.

FOX23 learned that TPS is still about 30 bus drivers short.

And this morning, seven routes were delayed longer than the district's 10-minute window.

“We had some buses that were delayed up to 15-20 minutes. We do not contact the parents of students when we see that a bus may be running 15 minutes late,” said Sanchez.

The delays are leaving students out in the cold, and some upset parents out of the loop.

“There's no notification from the district to parents? For special needs students, we try to contact those parents and let them know, and again the schools have that information, I don't want to say they're not communicating with those parents because I know sometimes they are,” said Mattie Badgwell.

FOX23 talked to Badgwell before, she's a parent of special needs students and said TPS never notified her about bus delays, even though there is a district notification system.

“There are plans to improve upon communications, it something that's being talked about at length… at this time it's really at the preliminary stages,” said Van Jackson.

Parents are able to call the transportation department to check on delays in the morning, but Jackson said upset parents are also invited to call the district to talk about ways to improve the current problems.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/24/2014 5:26 PM
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That won't be a concern with homeschool
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