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Old 02-29-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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OK, I know this is going to sound like a dumb queston, considering I've been living here for a while now. We don't have kids, so I'm not up on the school stuff. But, curiosity had gotten the better of me.

On my home from work yesterday, at 4:25 PM on Prosperity Church Rd., a school bus stopped multiple times and each time let off a whole bunch of older-looking kids. What schools have classes that run that late into the afternoon?
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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OK, I know this is going to sound like a dumb queston, considering I've been living here for a while now. We don't have kids, so I'm not up on the school stuff. But, curiosity had gotten the better of me.

On my home from work yesterday, at 4:25 PM on Prosperity Church Rd., a school bus stopped multiple times and each time let off a whole bunch of older-looking kids. What schools have classes that run that late into the afternoon?
I think it is odd too. I live Uptown and see kids on busses everyday at 530pm & 545pm too. That is ridiculous if school lets out hours earlier.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I think it is odd too. I live Uptown and see kids on busses everyday at 530pm & 545pm too. That is ridiculous if school lets out hours earlier.
That is just how long it takes to get them home on the bus route. I can't believe kids line up in front of my house b/f 6 am in the morning to get on the bus. I turn on my porch lights for them when it is dark, and watch out the window to make sure no strange cars hanging around, etc. Often, one of the moms will walk out and wait w/ them in the dark.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I went to a large HS in CT. The bus picked us up at 6:00 sharp. Classes let out at 2:15. Buses left promptly at 2:30. If you had detention or after-school activities, you were on your own.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My high school in NJ had "activity buses" that left after the regular end-of-day buses. So if you had a club meeting, sports practice, play rehearsal, etc., you could catch one of the "activity buses" to get home.

Maybe this is what you're seeing?
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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I always railed about how so many parents drive their kids to school. Why would they do this and not use the buses?? There is so much more traffic now during commute times, and living near a school, it takes me even longer to get out of my neighborhood with all these moms dropping off their kids down the block at the school.

Then I heard about the times they would be picked up and dropped off if they used the bus. Now, I don't blame them one bit for driving their kids. It sucks about traffic, but at least I understand why.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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My high school in NJ had "activity buses" that left after the regular end-of-day buses. So if you had a club meeting, sports practice, play rehearsal, etc., you could catch one of the "activity buses" to get home.

Maybe this is what you're seeing?
Activity busses are a different color. These are Charlotte-Mecklenburg yellow/orange school busses. They run real late here though.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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My high school in NJ had "activity buses" that left after the regular end-of-day buses. So if you had a club meeting, sports practice, play rehearsal, etc., you could catch one of the "activity buses" to get home.

Maybe this is what you're seeing?
Don't know. I was in different school system. If you had after school activities, you were on your own to figure out transportation. No activity buses for that - only for school sanctioned "trips" and athletic events.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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How long are some of these bus routes? I do remember when I was in JHS that our stop was the first pickup, and last dropoff. It took close to two hours each way. Good thing the schools and drivers allowed us to smoke (in the rear) of the buses.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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My kids attend a CMS middle school and when I am driving them (in normal Charlotte traffic) it takes less than 10 min. to get to the school, however school dismissal is at 3:45 PM, if their bus is there from taking home high school students and they are able to leave the school by 3:55 PM then my kids arrive home between 4:15 -4:30. Please keep in mind that they are the 3rd kids off the bus. Some of the kids who live further away do not arrive home until 4:45 PM or later. You must also take into account that if a bus breaks down, another bus must be sent out to transport those students and that bus can sometimes already have kids on it (which means a double route for that driver). There are numerous reasons for buses to be dropping kids off at the time you saw and even later. Unfortunately, I think busing is another area of concern for CMS.
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