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Bus driver shortage affecting NW Cape students

Posted at 11:02 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 23:23:16-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla., - It started with a frantic call from her daughter.

 “I hear her voice, I’m like whats wrong she says the bus driver made me get off at the new stop. What do I do? What do i do?,” said Julie Greco.

Greco is a parent of a teenage daughter that goes to Gulf Middle.

She claims her child was abandoned by a Lee County school bus when her bus didn’t show up for almost an hour.

Earlier this week, her bus dropped her off at the wrong stop.

“She says the bus driver took her to the old address and the bus driver has no clue where she’s supposed to be,” Greco said.

They recently switched bus stops after moving to NW Cape. But despite her efforts to update her address in the school system, Greco says her child was still left without a bus Friday morning.

“It scares me to think of her up there for 45 minutes. she is the only child at this stop and to not be picked up, that’s so stressful.”

4 In Your Corner reached out to the District Friday.

In an email, a District spokesperson says Greco’s new address wasn’t passed along from a substitute bus drive to the permanent driver and that’s why the bus didn’t pick her up. 

“We have fixed the issue and everything should be on track from here on out.”

The District also says they don’t typically tell students to stay home and receive an unexcused absence. In that situation, they would call for another bus to pick them up.