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Old 07-19-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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Default School Bus Questions for Huntsville City Schools

We recently moved to SE Huntsville from Michigan, and we've found out that my brother going into 5th grade is not going to be picked up by the school bus. We live near the corner of Bailey Cove and Willowbrook and he's going to be going to Weatherly Heights Elementary... which is slightly less than 2 miles away! Do they seriously expect these elementary school children to walk that far? I honestly don't even know if anyone's going to be able to drive him to school... people DO have jobs, you know!

Does anyone know anything about this and think it's as ridiculous as we do?
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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We recently moved to SE Huntsville from Michigan, and we've found out that my brother going into 5th grade is not going to be picked up by the school bus. We live near the corner of Bailey Cove and Willowbrook and he's going to be going to Weatherly Heights Elementary... which is slightly less than 2 miles away! Do they seriously expect these elementary school children to walk that far? I honestly don't even know if anyone's going to be able to drive him to school... people DO have jobs, you know!
Is two miles the cut off for fifth graders? (Meaning, if you lived 2.1 miles away, you'd be eligible for the bus)?
They got to draw the line somewhere.
Did you research this before you moved there? Did you contact the school and ask them about bus routes and eligibility?
Can you adjust your work schedule?

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Does anyone know anything about this and think it's as ridiculous as we do?
Should the Huntsville City Schools adjust the radius for fifth grades to 1.8 miles or whatever puts your kid on the bus?
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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Walk, bike, car pool, or stay at home Moms. Some people drop off their kid in the morning and then arrange for after school care until they can pick the kid. The YMCA next to Weatherly has a great after school care program.

Lower taxes = fewer services. If you don't like the way we do things, you can always go back to Michigan.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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We moved to SE of Huntsville 4 years ago while my son was 8 years old, in second grade. We did not have a school bus either. He was walking to school about 2 miles. Now he is in 6th grade and he still walks to school. Sometimes he uses a bike, as an option. He is in perfect physical shape now and takes 1st places in running competitions. I see kids who walks to school 2 miles, nothing wrong with that. Dont be so scared and don't feel sorry for a boy! Your brother is stronger than you think.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Ummmm no offense, but down here there is really no such thing as a school bus unless you live out in the boonies or you're a military brat. It's kinda funny to see the differences in culture from one place to another. Seriously, parents drop their kids off at school for the most part.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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down here there is really no such thing as a school bus unless you live out in the boonies or you're a military brat..
Maybe in Tennessee, but down here in Madison County, I see a lot of HSC, MSC and Madison County Schools buses.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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School bus delivery is relatively new to Huntsville. Only in the last couple of years have there been buses added to pick up students for home to school transport. It used to be just school to school.
Most people drop their children who are not in walking distance off at school.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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I know some people are giving you a hard time but 4 miles round trip every day seems like a lot of walking to me!

Most kids really do get driven to school though. Maybe someone can pick him up on their way to the school, or see if there is a bus stop close by that is for a kid just out of the 2 mile mark?
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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2 miles is the cutoff for busing. It seems reasonable to me. There are options, including early dropoff at the public school w/ a cafeteria breakfast option. I think you can drop off as early as 7:30 which is early enough to get to just about anywhere for work by 8. If that's not early enough, a neighbor, friend, etc.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:28 AM
 
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Surely he won't be the only one walking to school from your neighborhood. I would talk to neighbors or kids and ask what they do regarding school.

Maybe you all could walk/bike it to see how it is before school starts.
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