Back to School with a Side of Nightmare

Louisville needs Jesus. And a revamp to the school bus system.

To ensure diversity (or something) Louisville doesn’t automatically put kids in the school by their house. Instead, they randomly pick a school somewhere in a 20 mile radius and deposit them there. Which, in and of itself, is dumb.

So then they have to bus all these kids to random schools. The system they use involves students riding 2 buses each way, and changing buses at a bus depot. When your son is in first grade, this doesn’t make you feel cheery inside.

So when Isaiah got his bus assignment, it looked like he was going to have to ride over an hour one way to get to school. His school is 12 minutes away. NOT CHEERY INSIDE.

We had decided that he would ride the bus to school and I would pick him up from school so that he got home before 5 o’clock.

Then a miracle happened. The bus depot called and gave me a new stop and bus number, where he would only ride one bus to school and only be on the bus for a little more than 30 minutes. It seemed to good to be true!

It was.

The bus pulled up to his stop (only about 30 minutes late) and I asked the driver if it was going to Isaiah’s school. He said that it went to a completely different school.

So Isaiah started crying. Leah started crying (I have no idea why) and Mommy felt like crying (for obvious reasons).

I piled the kids into the car and managed to get to the school on time (this is how I know it’s only 12 minutes away). I got Isaiah to class and then waited an hour in the school office, only to be told that I was going to have to go back to the original plan of my son riding a school bus for over an hour each morning.

The ladies in the office were super nice and tried to reassure me that their kids all rode two buses, half-way across town and have now grown up to be productive members of society. I’m sure that’s true, but it didn’t really make me feel better.

Oh, and on top of all that? When I left the school at 10:15 AM, there were still buses that hadn’t arrived. There were kids that wound up at our school, who should have ridden to other schools across the city and there were kids from our school that ended up at other schools. Scary.

Yes, I’m whining. It was a rough morning.

So now I’m begging my husband to let me drive Isaiah to and from school. Chris is concerned about gas (obviously), but Jesus can totally multiply that, don’t you think?

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8 thoughts on “Back to School with a Side of Nightmare

  1. Oh that is SO stinky. Little people should not be responsible for having to change buses by themselves early in the morning….or late in the evening. They just aren’t old enough!! Or responsible enough!

    I mean, seriously! What if Isaiah meets a new friend at the bus depot, they are talking, that kid gets on his bus and Isaiah follows b/c they are talking, they both sit down, having a great time and Isaiah ends up at the wrong school. lol. But it could happen. Isaiah is a cool kid.

    Oh silly L-ville bus system. I vote to drive and cut the cost elsewhere if you can. B/c he won’t always WANT you to drive him to school, as well. Enjoy him while he likes you. :)

    Silly buses. Not cheery.

    • OK, well to be fair to Louisville, I should explain that they have a system where they get cards in each bus they change to and the cards are all supposed to match. Adults are SUPPOSED to make sure kids get to the right spots, but obviously that didn’t work out so well today.

      But yes, I’m going to drive him. It will probably get me out more too. It’s a lot easier to go to the library or the grocery store when I’m already in the car, than when I’m sitting on my couch, drinking coffee! ;)

  2. Chris Zupke says:

    As the mother of a child Isaiah’s age that just gives me chills. I’m with you Hannah, I would not put Zach on a bus ride 1 hour long to get to a school 12 minutes away. They are too young for all that even if adults are looking out for them. I admire their quest for diversity – but not at the expense of a child’s safety and time with his family.

    Have you found any good knitting shops yet?

    • Yep! Isaiah is upstairs playing with his sister right now and still has about 15 minutes to do that. If I’d put him on the bus, he’d already have been riding for 30 minutes. O.O

      Alas, knitting has not been at the forefront of my mind. It’s so hot here, I barely want to wear clothes, much less knit warm stuff! BUT there is a really cool looking place just down our street. I think it’s called The Knit Nook. A friend of mine here is a knitter and says it’s a great place. So when fall actually comes, I’ll probably be more in the mood to check it out! Or we can go when you guys come visit! ;) (I’ve heard of a cool train place in Cincinnati that you guys could check out on your way down!)

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