Three hours is too much, parents say - FOX 13 News

Three hours is too much, parents say

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Vanessa Borges says her daughter Amaya had an extra long day on Wednesday. She waited and waited and waited for the school bus to get her home.

"From final bell to finish? Three hours and 15 minutes," complained Borges.

It's a long, exhausting wait for the ninth grader.

Amaya is in the magnet program at Middleton High School in Tampa. Her bus makes a stop at a transfer station at Tampa Bay Technical High School, and then from there makes the long ride home to Plant City.

On Wednesday, she, along with a lot of other students, were stranded at Tampa Bay Tech for two hours.

Mother and daughter were texting back and forth the entire time. At 3:56, she texted, "were running late..I guess a bus is late..and there are kids still looking for their bus."

At 6:09, over two hours later, Mom sends this text: "Almost home?" Amaya replies, "I guess."

The Hillsborough School District admits they are short about 100 bus drivers. School officials say right now they have just enough to cover all the bus routes, but things hit a snag if a driver calls in sick or a school bus breaks down.

If that happens, bus drivers double up on their runs and students have to wait for available drivers to make other runs and come back.

Vanessa doesn't blame the bus drivers. She feels they are overwhelmed and doing all they can. They just need more of them, she says.

"It keeps getting worse, and knowing there is a bus driver shortage, how is it going to get better if they don't have enough drivers?"

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