To the Editor:

I am appalled by the backtracking done by Deb Clark at the Lamoille North Supervisory Union regarding the most recent article about the shortage of bus drivers in Lamoille county.

Being a bus driver is not easy but that shouldn’t hinder how our children get to school.

As a parent, you do not know what the bus route is going to be until it is released around the beginning of August, not right after the school year ends, as was mentioned in the paper.

It was also suggested that my sister’s children walk to the bus stop, which is over a mile — 2 miles both ways. As a matter of fact, her oldest was dropped off at said bus stop last year and made to walk home with no warning to her parents. Was that a practice run?

It is also mentioned in the article that students can be dropped off early. Well, if you live in Hyde Park with their start time, students cannot get there until 7:40; with the traffic in the morning, that still gets you to work late every morning and that is if you work local.

Students are required to attend school; they should have a safe and reliable way to get there. They should not have to work out carpools, walk excessive distances or have their parents be late to work.

Maybe it’s time we look for a different bus company. There are plenty of them out there.

Eliza Crepeau

Hyde Park

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