BOSTON, MA (CBS) – A Roslindale household with a particular wants baby is demanding Boston Public Faculties rent extra bus drivers after their daughter was practically stranded at dismissal.
“The nervousness of not realizing how you are going to get your baby residence,” stated Jessie Elliott.
That is what occurred to three-year-old JoJo Elliott, a particular wants pupil, on her first day of college at Josiah Quincy Elementary College in Boston.
Her mother and father acquired a textual content message notifying them there is not a bus driver to take JoJo from Chinatown to her residence in Roslindale – roughly a 35-minute automobile journey.
It is turn into a weekly drawback. It is additional nerve-wracking, the Elliotts say, as a result of JoJo depends on a wheelchair and wishes medical consideration each three hours.
“The last-minute notification on a service that we had been assured in a authorized contract that we might have public transportation,” stated JoJo’s father, Jim Elliott.
The household stated Boston Public Faculties really useful JoJo attend Josiah Quincy Elementary, despite the fact that it is greater than a half hour from her residence, as a result of she wants additional consideration.
BPS admits they’re coping with a district-wide bus driver scarcity, writing in a press release:
“We’re taking an lively strategy to make sure our college students get to and from faculty safely and we’re continuously working to streamline our operations and establish any points that should be addressed. We all know delayed buses proceed to be difficult for our college students and households, and are working across the clock to enhance our day by day bus efficiency. Whereas we aren’t but the place we would like and should be, we’ll proceed to work arduous in service to our college students and their future success. We lately employed the required variety of drivers to cowl all routes. Attributable to some ongoing points associated to attendance, we now have had periodic uncovered buses, however there’s now a driver for each bus. We do anticipate persevering with to see enchancment in on-time efficiency over the approaching weeks and months forward.”
Jessie Elliott advised WBZ-TV it is a little bit too late for some households who had been left stranded.
“There are mother and father who’ve misplaced their jobs as a result of they’re attempting to get their kids to and from the training that they are presupposed to have,” she stated.
They’re fortunate they’ve a wheelchair-accessible automobile, they are saying different households are pressured to order Ubers or Lyfts simply to deliver their baby residence.
Jim and Jessie Elliott have this message for Boston’s superintendent and the mayor: “Would not matter how arduous you are working. Do a greater job. You are doing the youngsters a disservice. You are doing the mother and father s a disservice,” stated Jim Elliot.