PHOENIX — A new school year brings thousands of buses filled with students across Arizona, but some kids may not make it home as easily as parents expect.
“We hope that it doesn’t happen, but we know it will with so many new kids coming on who haven’t ridden a bus before,” said Armando Cuellar, transportation supervisor for the Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix.
Cuellar oversees a fleet of 32 buses that move about 2,100 students every day. He said the biggest challenge is old information.
“Some parents haven’t updated their addresses in the school records and that’s what [drivers] go by.”
Cuellar suggested parents write the correct address on a piece of paper and place it in a backpack or other item their child carries. Cuellar said it’s also important for parents to talk to students about talking to drivers – especially if there’s a problem.
“They see the bus driver and have that little fear that the bus driver is talking to me and think ‘What did I do?’ and they clam up really tight,” he said.
Cuellar said parents should make sure their kid know the driver’s name and the driver knows their child’s name.
He said if a driver cannot determine the child’s correct address then the bus will return to school where a parent will be called to pick up the student.
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Water tips to save money, help save the Earth
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon
- What you need to know about Alzheimer's disease in Arizona
- Spring clean your windows like a pro with these 8 tips
- 7 films that should have won best-picture Oscars
- New plumbing technology saves money and improves your home
- Survey shows Arizona CFOs optimistic about 2016
- How chronic pain can affect your love life
- 5 potential warning signs about your child's development