Parents concerned over distance of new bus stops for Riverview transfer students

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

 (KMOV) -- The start of school is two days away for more than 200 Riverview Gardens School District students who transferred to Mehlville and school officials have yet to announce plans on how those students will get there.

A parent contacted News 4 after she learned the new plan will force her kids to walk about a mile  and a half to catch their bus.

In a statement to be released on Wednesday, students will not be picked up at their normal bus stop for the ride to their new Mehlville schools.

Glasgow Elementary will be one of eight central pickup points that kids will have to go to to catch their bus but it’s far from convenient for all families.

Holly Adams said she’s been getting the runaround, attempting to learn how her kids will be bused to their new schools but she was outraged to learn her kids will have to walk more than eight blocks to get picked up. For her high school-age kids, that means a 5:30 a.m. start time.

“And it’s just not safe and this is not a good neighborhood to begin with to leave a 14-year-old to walk to a bus stop by herself at 5 o’clock in the morning,” Adams said.

Glasgow elementary is the closest pickup point for her three kids; it’s actually one and a half miles away. She’s most worried for her 10-year-old with Autism.

“She is not to let off at a bus stop eight blocks more from her house and expect her to get to and from school safety,” Adams added.

None of the Riverview Gardens School officials could talk to News 4’s Russell Kinsaul in person. He was able to speak with one official over the phone who said they took into consideration the cost, buses available and the amount of time kids will be on the bus to come up with a plan that will work for most families but more stops equal more time.

“Plus the fact that we would be looking at longer ride times, based on the number of buses we have at our disposal to attempt to do it door-to-door,” Enis Smith with Riverview Gardens said.

School officials said stopping at every bus stop would force some kids to catch the bus earlier than 5:30 a.m. to make it to school on time.

They’re willing to work with parents like Adams and may be able to provide special transportation for special needs kids.

Automated calls are set to go out on Wednesday and the information regarding bus transportation will be posted on the Riverview Gardens website. 

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