By Toi-riana Thompson, Palmdale resident and Summerwind parent
My name is Toi-Riana Thompson and I’m contacting you to see if maybe you guys can help the students that go to Summerwind this year.
Palmdale School District changed the bus route for the students and they didn’t inform the parents.
The new bus route has the bus stopping right on the corner of 10th Street East and Avenue Q, where the bus driver has to stop traffic. It is dangerous because drivers sometimes get mad and want to go around the bus where there are kids walking.
Yesterday (Aug. 13), we had an incident where a few of the kids were told to get off the bus on 9th and Avenue Q. They had to cross the street, and some of these kids are kindergarteners!
They shouldn’t allow the kids off the bus unless the parents are there. Some of the kids informed the parents that the bus driver kicked the kids off the bus and informed them that she didn’t care if they got hit, she wanted them off.
Some of the parents went down to the School District to get the bus route changed to what it has been for the pass 20-something years.
I know getting this out there would help us parents get the word out to the District. As a parent with a child on that bus, I don’t want to see anything happen to these kids.
I drop off and pick up my child from the bus and I keep an eye on the other kids to make sure nothing happens. However, it would be easier if they changed the bus route back to what it was before.
On the old bus route, students were picked up and dropped off on 10th Street East and Avenue Q-5. The new bus route picks up and drops off students in front of a house on Avenue Q by 10th Street East. The pick-up time for the kids is about 8:23 a.m. and drop off-time is about 4:10 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The AV Times spoke with Palmdale School District Superintendent Roger Gallizzi on Thursday (Aug. 15). Gallizzi said school bus routes across the District have been changed to “save the tax payer money by eliminating redundant bus stops.” Gallizzi said there used to be lots of tiny bus routes, with students being picked up directly in front of their homes or apartment buildings. The changes were made to eliminate those bus stops that were too close together, Gallizzi said. A school bus stop at Avenue Q and 10th Street East does not create a safety hazard, Gallizzi said, because the law dictates that all surrounding vehicles must stop when a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing.
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