NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Parents are upset after school buses showed up two hours late dropping off their children. It happened at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School.
The school district spokesperson said overcrowding was to blame and they apologized for the mistake. Either way, parents say their kid was prepared for the first day. They should be too.
On a normal day, kids are supposed to get home at 3:15 p.m.
When asked what time time did the bus get to you, Rasha Ali, a parent, said "4."
Ali wasn't alone. The school district says they had two overcrowded buses yesterday. Students had to wait, while parents did the same. Some waited more than two hours for their middle school child to walk through the door.
"If they late and they wake up early, when do they do their homework, you know," said Ali.
The Johnson family is having trouble getting a bus stop location near her house. Twelve-year-old Raequon says his first day "was nice fun."
The district spokesperson, Abbe Smith, apologized for late buses and noted they transport 20,000 students. They have nearly 300 buses in their fleet and there can be delays the first and second week of school.
While they practiced routes all of last week, they misjudged how many kids would need to be in the seats.
"We gotta start preparing them with uniforms and stuff," parent Phyllis Johnson said, "so that's how they should be preparing the transportation -- making sure they get to school and from school."
A First Student safety director was brought in to help ease the second day of travel. Parents are hoping this will do the trick.
"I hope the problem will fix because the ESUMS is a great school and I want my children to continue," Johnson said.
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