Pupils struggle to get to and from school as Summit Academy schools struggle to catch the bus

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10TV has learned that 1/3 of the students at the school do not regularly travel to school by bus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Staff and parents at Summit Academy schools in Columbus are demanding answers after enduring seven weeks of bus trouble.

10TV has learned that 1/3 of the students at the school do not regularly travel to school by bus.

Rosean Smith has two children who attend school. She said her eighth-grade student’s bus didn’t pick her up Thursday morning.

“Transportation is a basic necessity, so being on the lookout for a basic necessity adds stress on top of what we’re already dealing with,” Smith said.

School officials said they get buses through Columbus City Schools. Cheryl Elliot, the principal of schools, said there were around 120 students. They need two buses for pickup in the morning and return in the afternoon.

On Thursday, she told 10TV that only one bus took students to school in the morning and no buses showed up to take students home.

“It’s frustrating,” said Shawna Blake, mother of three girls who attend school and rely on the bus.

She said her children had missed several days of school because they had no commute, including Thursday.

“Every day they’re here is very important and crucial…and they’re not getting it,” Blake said. “The biggest fear is that students won’t have the opportunity to get the education their parents want them to have at the summit academy,” Blake said.

A spokesperson for CCS told 10TV the Department of Transportation is working to resolve any issues brought to their attention. They said the district still faces a shortage of bus drivers and bus routes are continually being revised.

If the department knows it won’t have a bus driver for a route, a team starts notifying schools in the early afternoon.

Elliott said they received notification before learning that a bus would not be coming.

Yet the parents we spoke to want a solution and fear their children are not getting the education they deserve.

The CCS said it still needs 162 bus drivers and is looking to fill that position at a month-long bus driver job fair that begins Oct. 10.

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