CLOSINGS: View Closings

Madison County students experienced bus delays on the first day of school

The school district says it's working to reduce bus ride times.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 6:38 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2019 7:23 PM

Wednesday was the first day of school in Madison County and some parents are concerned after their kids had too long of a bus ride home from school.

WAAY 31 spoke to one dad who said his daughter didn't get home until nearly two hours after school let out.

"She didn't get off the bus until 5:15 and as a parent, it's very concerning. You're trying to figure out where they are," said Michael Freeman, whose daughter attends Buckhorn Middle School.

Freeman said he spent Wednesday afternoon wondering where his daughter who is in the eighth grade at Buckhorn Middle School was.

"She was like, 'Dad, we are down the road.' I mean, I said, 'Down the road?' Down the road turned into 30 minutes. Thirty minutes turned into an hour. It was 5:15 p.m. when she made it home," Freeman said.

Madison County Middle School says they release their students everyday at 3:30 p.m. and Freeman said in past years, it's only taken his daughter about 35 minutes to get home. Wednesday's ride took more than triple that time.

WAAY 31 reached out to the school district and they told us Wednesday evening's storm delayed the process of getting students home on time. The school district was working to make sure students were loaded on the right bus, which added time on the students' trips home.

Freeman said he hopes the district is able to correct this problem soon so his daughter can keep riding the bus.

"It was just the first day of school so hopefully upcoming days and weeks, things will get better," he said.

Some parents WAAY 31 spoke with said they were concerned about overcrowding on the buses and some students not having seats on Wednesday. The district told us its buses fit 72 students, which means some students may have to sit with two other students in a seat and that every student must be seated before the bus departs from the school.

Freeman said his daughter got home at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday. That's about 30 minutes quicker than Wednesday's bus ride.

Click to Submit Photo

 

 

Huntsville
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 57°
Florence
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 58°
Fayetteville
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 54°
Decatur
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
Scottsboro
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 66°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22988375
Mobile16788315
Tuscaloosa10235140
Montgomery9978197
Madison922894
Shelby727463
Baldwin661569
Lee651765
Marshall437249
Calhoun422461
Etowah421450
Morgan407135
Houston371734
DeKalb336029
Elmore317353
St. Clair289142
Limestone279730
Walker275593
Talladega263635
Cullman239925
Lauderdale218042
Jackson212515
Franklin203231
Autauga203030
Colbert198731
Russell19283
Blount191125
Dallas186327
Chilton185832
Coffee173211
Escambia172230
Covington171429
Dale166551
Chambers134343
Clarke133617
Pike132713
Tallapoosa131387
Marion107129
Barbour10129
Butler100240
Marengo100222
Winston91913
Geneva8617
Lawrence83732
Pickens83618
Bibb82514
Randolph82016
Hale75830
Clay73612
Washington73412
Cherokee73114
Lowndes70428
Monroe64510
Henry6436
Bullock63917
Crenshaw60330
Perry5856
Fayette56913
Wilcox56412
Conecuh56013
Cleburne5518
Macon53020
Lamar4745
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 241513

Reported Deaths: 3076
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby35564562
Davidson30982333
Knox1239889
Rutherford11502113
Hamilton11497105
Williamson689756
Sumner5900109
Wilson457756
Putnam432955
Montgomery408052
Out of TN390636
Madison371180
Sullivan354046
Bradley351923
Washington332649
Sevier329921
Blount327334
Maury316437
Unassigned28378
Robertson257741
Hamblen242248
Tipton230922
Dyer216329
Gibson212342
Hardeman185433
Coffee183223
Trousdale17587
Obion173021
Greene165451
Bedford165020
Fayette165022
Anderson164614
Dickson163619
McMinn158934
Loudon158811
Cumberland158425
Wayne15847
Lawrence155618
Jefferson152920
Weakley151125
Carter149532
Monroe141928
Warren141510
Lauderdale140417
Henderson139825
Hardin137519
Macon130725
Franklin126317
Roane12577
Haywood125327
Overton118416
Hawkins117024
White115014
Johnson11277
Carroll112525
McNairy111127
Marshall11089
Rhea108317
Cheatham103111
Cocke101412
Bledsoe10104
Lake9803
Smith97613
Campbell9759
Giles93735
Fentress88910
Lincoln8523
Crockett82920
Henry77110
Hickman76715
Marion7419
Chester72114
DeKalb71117
Decatur64811
Grainger5664
Grundy54511
Union5233
Claiborne5146
Polk49213
Jackson4465
Humphreys4344
Morgan4317
Benton4119
Cannon4042
Houston40417
Unicoi3953
Clay39413
Lewis3752
Scott3625
Sequatchie3384
Stewart3179
Meigs3066
Perry2772
Pickett2627
Moore2592
Van Buren2011
Hancock1153

Community Events