Issues with school bus stops in Martin County.
There’s a tiff brewing between the school district and the sheriff’s office in Martin County. The school district is eliminating 90 bus stops this year.
The affected bus stops are all within 2 miles of their schools. Parents are afraid that in some cases having their kids walk to school will pose a danger. Concerned parents have been calling the school district to ask about extra crossing guards or patrols near schools. The school district points out that those fall under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office.
Yesterday the sheriff’s office seemed to point the finger back at the school district. They said they were not provided an official list from the school district of the bus stops that have been eliminated.
From the Martin County Sheriff’s Office
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office continues receiving calls and emails regarding the elimination of some school bus stops throughout Martin County. We have not been provided an official list from the school district of affected locations. If you have questions regarding your child’s bus stop, please contact the school district directly.
The following link from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will take you directly to a printable publication called, “Going To and From School More Safely.” The publication provides important tips for all parents/guardians whose children walk or ride their bicycles to and from school. Please share the information with your children.
Wishing you and your families a safe and memorable last few days of summer!
The school district sent letters to parents describing the changes to the bus stops back in March. It included a survey for parents to help determine where new crossing guards or new walkways could be added before the start of the school year.
The bus stops were eliminated because of a 2015 state law that reduced transportation funding for students that live within 2 miles of school.