Overcrowding on School Buses is a Concern for Parents

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

SHENANDOAH COUNTY -- County school leaders are still struggling to supply bus drivers and this is a concern for parents.

Nicole Daley is a mother of three and two of her children ride the bus to and from school.

"At the beginning of the year they would come home and report to me, 'Mom, the bus is just horrible,'" said Daley.

They were complaining about the overcrowding.

"This year just seems to be worse than any of the other previous years."

County leaders have struggled all year to maintain enough bus drivers.

Daley said her kids wait on the sidewalk every morning for the bus. Sometimes it's so full, it has to go to the school, drop off kids and come back to pick them up.

"And I was like excuse me? The busing situation is just so bad, that there's just not room for all of them."

Her biggest concern is her daughter.

"There's a stop up the street where it's an apartment complex. And the apartment complex has so many children that it could basically fill up the bus by itself."

In February, a WHSV reporter showed you a new class at Stonewall Jackson High School where seniors are being trained to drive a bus after graduation. There were also adult classes open to the public. You can read that story here: School Leaders Look to Hire Students to Drive Buses

Shenandoah County Transportation Supervisor Martin Quigley said that of the 20 adults who took the class, seven are already certified and out on the roads.

This is a relief to Daley.

"It has improved over the past couple of months, and I'm glad to hear that there are adults taking the classes.”

Quigley said that once spring sports begin again, the issue will only get worse. He said there are a few more adults almost done with the training and they should be ready to drive the buses within the month.

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