Youngstown Schools implements new busing address policy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown City School District is instituting a new policy for parents and guardians to prevent busing problems that have been occurring.

After another child got off at the wrong stop Monday, the district announced that it will no longer accept emergency phone calls to change a child’s drop-off location on the same day. Any requests for a change need to be made at least three days in advance.

The district’s transportation department says the new policy will prevent confusion for both the student and bus driver.

On Monday, a Summit Academy first grader who had never ridden the bus before got dropped off at the wrong stop. The driver didn’t see her get on the bus, and had no information about her or where she lives.

She got off with a group of other students, and started crying. A man picked her up and took her to Taft Elementary, where her grandmother came to get her.

The district says the issue was resolved in less than half an hour.

Last week, nearly 30 students participating in an after-school program arrived home late because the district didn’t have the correct address or no one was home at the time.