Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
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The bus drivers near me are safe drivers. There's enough competition for jobs right now; anybody caught driving unsafely won't remain a school bus driver very long. And I don't worry about the lack of seatbelts in the bus because statistically, kids are safer in the school bus than they are in a car, even in the best carseat. School buses are safe vehicles, period.
The elementary school is 1.75 miles from our house, the middle school 1/4 mile, and the high school 1.6 miles (in the opposite direction from the elementary school.)
Last year, DD2 walked to middle school every day because it was faster than waiting for the bus. DS takes the bus most of the time to and from elementary school, but I do end up driving him on days that we're running late. Some days, when he's a little under the weather and easily over-stimulated, I'll drive him even if we're not running late, so the ride to school is less stimulating for him and he can focus better in class. But I won't do that daily because it's a waste of gas money- I don't mind driving him to school on days I'm going out anyway, but there are days when I don't use my car at all.
DD always take the bus to school. When she stays late for extra help or a club, she usually takes the late bus home, but sometimes I'll pick her up because the late bus often comes half an hour after her club is over. I pick her up every Wednesday because she has a club after school AND a youth group meeting in the evening, and she needs that extra half hour or so for homework.
DD1 is in a private school this year (with private bussing, in a van with normal seatbelts) but she HATED the late bus from the public high school last year. It was very crowded, and the one time she took it she sat between two boys having a very lewd discussion that offended her. DD2 has taken the same bus many times without that experience.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults