A Wake County mom is concerned about how late her third grade son gets home from school.
Courtney Perry’s son, Malachai, rides the Route 3 bus to and from Bryan Road Elementary School in Garner.
“He’s used to riding the bus, but this time, with this route, he’s had a lot of difficulties with it. The bus is coming home way too late,” she said.
Perry told CBS 17 that the Wake County Public School System informed her Malachai would get home around 4:45 p.m. each day.
“He has been getting home, ever since school started ,between 5:30 p.m. and later,” Perry said.
According to the school’s website, the bus leaves Bryan Road at 3:55 p.m. It is estimated there will be three minutes between stops. There are 27 stops on this particular route.
Malachai is the last to be dropped off. The earliest he could get home is 5:16 p.m.
“I understand, with the first couple of weeks, you’ve got new kids that might be added. It’s a new school, new bus routes, but he shouldn’t be on the bus from 3:45 p.m. to past 5:30 p.m., almost 6 o’clock, every day,” Perry told CBS 17.
Perry said she has contacted her son’s school, but was told they couldn’t do anything. She said she has also sent a complaint through the school system’s website, and adds that she hasn’t heard anything back yet.
“All of it concerns me, because I don’t think they should be on the bus for close to two hours total, especially with the time change getting ready to happen,” Perry said.
While no one from WCPSS would talk on camera, an email said that “Route 3 is experiencing unusual traffic in the route, causing delays. The routing team has been reviewing to make improvements.”
A WCPSS spokesperson told CBS 17 that Route 3 is expected to change on Thursday. As of Tuesday afternoon, the new route had not been made public and parents had not yet been notified about the change, according to the spokesperson. It’s unclear when that will happen.
“Hopefully, it will get better. I guess we’ll see whenever it does change,” Perry said. “I am optimistic about it, but if it continues with the same thing, I am still going to see what I can do about it.”