MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Dressed in his new polo and khaki pants and wondering what his first day of middle school would be like, 11-year-old Jeremiah Williams stood anxiously at his neighborhood bus stop on the corner of Gaelic Drive in Manor waiting for the school bus to pick him up.
The early morning air started getting hotter and hotter. Jeremiah kept waiting, and waiting.
Ten minutes passed, then 20.
Jeremiah started getting nervous he was going to be late for class at Decker Middle School.
A parent waiting with kids at the bus stops called the district to let them know the bus hadn’t arrived.
At 8:15, roughly an hour after the scheduled pickup time, a bus finally lumbered down Gaelic Drive, picking up the children.
Jeremiah missed the free school breakfast he planned to eat before class and raced into his first period five minutes after it started.
“I don’t feel my child is safe,” said Jeremiah’s mother Anngina Curl. “I understand first day of school, 20 minutes, up to even 30 minutes, but an hour, and to tell me you forgot my child, that’s not acceptable.”
From there, the problem began to compound. After waiting more than an hour for Jeremiah’s after school bus to return home, Curl drove to the school to seek out her son herself.
She found him waiting outside the main office, standing with a group of other sweaty kids. The bus to take them home showed up shortly thereafter.
“I don’t feel like he should be out in the heat at school for an hour,” she said.
For Curl, Tuesday felt like Groundhog Day.
Jeremiah and the other neighborhood kids waited for the bus before school again. Again it didn’t show up. This time, Curl took him to school herself.
While the bus home departed on time, the driver dropped Jeremiah off at the wrong stop, forcing him to walk home from there in the heat.
Manor ISD admits some children have not been picked up by district buses and that the district only became aware of the problem after alarmed parents contacted them.
Manor ISD director of communications Scott Thomas said the problems with bus routes are dealt with by districts nationwide and are being resolved as quickly as possible.
“One thing that we are encouraging parents to do is be patient,” Thomas said. “I know it’s frustrating, but buses are running late,” Thomas said.
After some buses ran about 30 minutes late on Monday, the district said most were no more than 15 minutes late Tuesday.
Manor ISD hopes most of the issues will be ironed out by Wednesday.