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BPS says first day of busing went OK, although it allows some kids got to school more than 30 minutes late

In a statement, BPS says 57% of students who take school buses got to school on time today, despite a widely publicized shortage of drivers, up from 43% in the last normal start to the school year in 2019. Some 85% of bused kids arrived within 15 minutes of the start of their school days and 96% made it within 30 minutes.

BPS will continue working to provide our families with prompt, reliable transportation to ensure that all students arrive at school and back to their homes safely and in a timely manner.

On Twitter, some parents reported a smooth start to the day, but others, not so much - with a number saying drivers were reporting getting stuck in traffic. One Charlestown parent had to drive down to Boston Latin School in the Longwood Medical Area this afternoon when the bus to that neighborhood just didn't show up.

Most Boston Latin School students have to take the T to school, but BPS makes an exception for Charlestown students for whom it provides a bus - just not this afternoon. A parent reports he had to drive down the school after his kid came out and there just wasn't a bus.

The bus to Charlestown was a no show so we came and will take as many as possible in our cars.

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The trip on the T to Charlestown is probably easier than getting to Brighton or Eagle Hill. Green Line to Haymarket, 92 or 93 bus and done.

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Maybe, but BPS has concluded it just takes Charlestown kids too long to get to school on the T, so a dedicated bus.

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Of course, runs along Huntington Ave., so it's a shorter walk than going to Ruggles on the Orange Line. OL is hypothetically faster and one could also go directly to Community College or Sullivan that way. You could take the 92 or 93 from Sullivan -- whether that's faster than taking the bus from Haymarket probably depends on your destination.

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They terminate at Sullivan, at least they did when I worked in the Navy Yard.

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The routes start downtown and travel to the bridge via Haymarket. Over the bridge they separate until Sullivan.

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Many parts of the city had dedicated busses, they were routes that ran normally after originating at BLS and only dropping off. For example, the 32, 38, e.t.c. Since there's no direct route from LMA to Charlestown they must have a dedicated bus.

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Does that mean they get free pizza?

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When I was at BLS in the 70s, if you were late you got one of those archaic "misdemeanor marks", no questions asked. It was like a black mark on your soul or something. I can only hope they have done away with such an inane practice in these more enlightened times.

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Recent grad, they still had them, but you wouldn't get one if you were late due to the T or a bus breakdown.

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I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record!

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Or so a trusty reporter has told me.

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And he only told you that so he could take your pizza.

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BPS spin machine in full force covering its ass with the timing g of this press release. Many bus drivers didn’t show up this afternoon. I was just with a BPS administrator- many buses cancelled this afternoon. Parents, teachers and principals are scrambling right now. Most problematic is special needs kids stranded

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Just like how the MBTA makes me late for my job every day. But at least there's always an earlier train one can take knowing that it can take up to 45 minutes to go from Forest Hills to Downtown on some days. An earlier BPS school bus is not an option.

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If you're late every day, you're not leaving early enough.

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So Boston Public Schools lost 2,286 students in a year, per pupil expenditure went up to $23,500, spent almost 100 million dollars on busing, , had 3+ months to prepare for day one, and they are painting a rosy picture that ONLY 43% of students made it to school on time.

Are you kidding me? Time to "re-imagine" Boston Public Schools.

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That you buddy?

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Bus down Washington to Forest Hills. OL to Dudley. Bus to Codman Sq. Holding giant pile of books. Don't ever remember sitting down. Average of 1 hour trip reversed at end of day.

Charlestown kids can take the T. Builds character as well as biceps, LOL!

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How can kids learn when they are late for the classroom? What a way to start a day….

Shame on BPS to even suggest this was a success. The bar is so low for BPS yet it’s somehow acceptable. Parents should be outraged!!

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These Twitter parents self promote too much.

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These people didn't just burst onto Twitter and start railing or extolling. Around 10 a.m., I posted a tweet asking BPS parents how their morning had gone. And people responded to that. It's amazing how conversations work like that sometimes.

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While walking my daughter to the bus this morning received a text message the bus would not be coming this morning from BPS. Thirty minute disruption to my workday.

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Did any of Roslindale councilors document their harrowing trip on the T through Forrest Hill or do their kids go to neighborhood schools?

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Forest Hills is fine, not perfect. My kid goes through there twice a day.

I bet you still believe Charles Stuart's story.

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