Starlight Bussing Issue

by Audry Kensicki on January 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

Every day, hundreds of students start their day by getting on a school bus to get to school.

But something as simple as getting on that school bus is proving very difficult for a local starlight student.

Eric Roberts attends the workshop at Starlight every day. But his guardian Judy Roberts was told he had to ride the Z-bus to school instead of the regular yellow school buses.

"I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with it, had it of been all the kids on this route that they made ride Z-bus, but it’s not," said Roberts. "The bus that picks up down here still picks up several of the students that are on his route."

According to Roberts, Eric isn’t allowed on the yellow school buses anymore, even though he has a doctor’s note ordering it.

Each yellow school bus has not only a bus driver, but an aide who can help if the students and adults riding have a health issue while on the bus. Z-bus transportation does not and that’s what has Roberts worried.

"My son is 100% dedicated to Starlight School and has been since he’s gone there," she said. "That’s why I say it’s not fair to him, not be allowed to ride that school bus where he feels secure. There’s a bus aide on there."

Superintendent of Starlight Programs John Hill told us he could only speak in general terms.

He said Starlight offers three modes of transportation: The yellow school buses for students and adults, Z-bus transportation for adults and in rare instances, they reimburse families who transport their own children.

Hill said services have been offered to the family.