Soon after Williamson County schools posted their bus information for the new school year on its Facebook page, parents quickly began voicing their concerns.
“It seems unacceptable to me that we live three miles from school and if I chose to put my child on the bus she would have to get on one hour before the start of school and get off in the afternoon 30 minutes after school ends – for three miles,” mother Nicole Jones wrote.
Another parent echoed Jones’ thoughts writing, “We are 1.94 miles away and the bus ride is almost an hour each way. Ridiculous!”
Former Williamson County student, Hannah Fieldhacker told News 2 she sometimes opted to walk to school and would arrive before the bus.
“It would come at 6:30 a.m. when school starts at 7:30 a.m. That was a struggle for me,” she said. “It got to the point where sometimes I would miss it, and I would just walk to school and I would get there before the bus even got there.”
Her mother, Amy, added, “It makes for a long day for the little ones to be on the bus at 7:30 a.m. and not get home until 4:15 to 4:30 p.m.”
News 2 spoke with Communications Director of Williamson County Schools Carol Birdsong who said she has been in contact with parents who have expressed concerns.
In an email, Birdsong said, “All bus routes are scheduled to last no longer than 60 minutes on the road from the first pick-up to arrival at school. Most of the bus rides that are close to an hour occur for students in rural areas. Buses typically arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the bell time allowing students time for locker and restroom access, etc. so that students will be in class and ready for the instructional day when the bell rings.”
Any parent who has questions about their child’s bus route is encouraged to contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 615-472-4111.