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Jenks buses overcrowded, district making changes

Posted: 10:16 PM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 03:16:43Z

Parents are outraged in the Jenks School District.

They say their child's safety is at risk because of overcrowded school buses.

One of the districts many stops, which is just a few blocks from one sixth-grader's house, said the ride is a little packed.

"I'm probably like the 3rd to last stop," Kolman said. "I feel like I'm going to fall asleep because I'm so bored and sometimes there are three to a seat."

Charlotte's mom Sarah said there is definitely a hiccup with the system.

"Oh my gosh imagine if there is a crash, that's not safe at all," Sarah said.

The school district tells 2 Works for You that there are one or two buses with overflow, and shuttles or additional buses are being provided to those routes to alleviate any overcrowding.

2 Works for You asked why they didn't already know how many students would ride the bus - and they said it's common for some buses to have more students than anticipated and it normally takes a few days to get accurate counts for each bus.

"I just can't even tell you how frustrated I was," Sarah said.

With the school year just beginning, Charlotte said she is looking forward to after school, before heading to the bus the next morning.

The district says the three-to-a-seat rule applies to the size of the students, not the age or grade level.
 
For most elementary students, the district says it's not a violation to have three in a seat.

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