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Brunswick Co. Schools hopes for more improvement in bus routes

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Brunswick County school leaders are working to make sure bus routes run on time.

Monday and Tuesday, some buses did not pick up students from Town Creek Elementary School until around 5 p.m., and some students did not get home until after 6 p.m.

"We anticipate these problems are being resolved quickly," Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said. "We know yesterday we saw significant improvements, and we continue to think that the things transportation is working very hard on today will continue to improve those efficiencies."

The district says things improved by an hour from Monday to Tuesday.

According to Town Creek's principal, the final bus arrived on campus just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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bus route delays

My 3rd grader (Bolivia Elementary) has gotten dropped off at approx 5pm every day this week. This staggering of the times is a real pain to parents as well as our little ones who are getting home around dinner time. They have to complete homework, eat, bath and before they know it it's bedtime. I hope they switch back next year.

Thanks to all those elem.

Thanks to all those elem. school parents who got together last year and filled out 30 surveys each to make sure they got that late start time for this school year . Funny how things work out.

Only 1 paper survey was sent

Only 1 paper survey was sent home with each child to be returned to the child's homeroom teacher. I don't know of anyone with 30 children. Get your facts straight before you speculate.

From what I understand every

From what I understand every student was assigned an number that went along with the survey. It's a different number for every BC student/family. That would prevent anyone being able to fill out 30 surveys. The real problem's were out of all the surveys sent home something like 18% percent were filled out and sent back in. Combine that with the school board members that had already decided the staggered bell schedule and you have tons of unhappy parents. I do think its early to start pointing fingers tho. Let's see how things are going in a few weeks!

Now heres an idea, there are

Now heres an idea, there are other options for your childs education. There are a few charter schools close and also some private schools . Home school could even be an option if y'all think your student isnt thriving due to the staggered bell schedule. I still cant see where complaining is going to change anything. This year is a wash, I say parents should come together and start putting a plan of action together for next school year. We should be able to determine what's needed in our schools. We can start with making changes on the board. Lets get some people on there that have to live daily with what they vote for. Parents need to be pro active!

The real problem is that

The real problem is that they didn't ask the parents if they wanted the staggered schedule. They only asked which school they wanted to start first. That wasn't giving the parents the option to not have the staggered schedule at all. The staggered schedule didn't work for the parents when the high school kids started and finished later. It was difficult on the students. It will be just as difficult, if not more difficult on the elementary students, who generally go to bed earlier than the high school students. This schedule does not allow for much needed down time for the younger students. As it is, they will likely get home, eat supper, do homework, take a bath and go to bed. It is so important to make the education experience as pleasant as possible for the younger kids. They need their down time as much as the rest of us.

What they did ask was if the

What they did ask was if the parents want SRO's in the elementary schools. The money was also suppose to provide upgrades in security. The staggered bell was the way to afford that SMALL piece of mind.

Informed

Surveys were the same and had no coding on them. It was a simple sheet of paper asking which time was preferred, middle and high school early start or elementary early start. No numbers. No codes. The surveys were also anonymous

Surveys were sent home

Surveys were sent home on a sheet of paper. For elementary students where my children attend, it was sent home in their folder that is sent home daily and contains homework, paperwork, etc. the folder system is used year round to communicate and transfer paperwork and hornwork from school to home and back. The child's teacher was required to return the forms to the office who returned them to the central office. Was there a chance the surveys were loSt? Perhaps-but I would say most did make it to the board of education . The board had already decided that staggered start would take place. The vote was 4:1 but who would start school first was in question and therefore surveyed especially considering parents of elementary school student were not pleased with their children having to wait for the bus in the mornings in the dark. That is still a concern now but in the afternoons this time. I believe the point with waiting in the dark was due to the long bus routes and not so much of staggered start since the 2011-2012 school year had elementary students starting school at 7:45, just 15 minutes prior to previous times. Now school is out 1 hour later .