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Parents address first day at JCPS; transportation issues

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite delays and changes to school meals and bus routes, JCPS says its first day back to class on Wednesday was a success.

There are 70,000 students in the district who ride the bus and the last child was dropped off at 6:35 PM on Wednesday, which the district says is about 20 minutes earlier than last year.

“They were really pumped," said Chad Ware of his two children he picked up from elementary school. "It was fun for me to see how excited they were going out the house this morning."

His kids were among the 96,000 that showed up as JCPS headed back to school.

"We learned about the computer and played on the computer," said his second grade daughter.

"I liked it, got to make play dough and I've been really good," his son added.

Staff members double-checked every single student before boarding the bus to make sure they were accounted for and headed in the right direction.

"Elementary schools, with our smaller students and our first time bus riders, goes a little bit slower," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

Jackey says all depot stops, except one, were cleared 15 minutes earlier than last year.

The afternoon commute can be delayed, especially when you factor in slower moving students and rush hour traffic.

"What we tell people on our first day,” said Jackey, “is that we are intentionally slow. And the reason is, we're going to make sure that bus isn't moving until everyone is on there and accounted for and it's not only leaving the school, but if there's someone that goes through a depot, that the depots aren't leaving until everyone's on there or we know where everyone's going."

But not everyone was happy about the transportation and their comments were posted on our Facebook page.

Erica wrote "Sitting three and four students to a seat is not a good look. Will be on the phones bright and early tomorrow!”

Amy told us she had to drive around and flag the bus down because it passed her house three times and had the wrong address. While Tammy wrote that her child was put on the wrong bus.

The district says any mix-ups will be corrected as quickly as possible.

"So if there are any issues, and we know there are going to be with 70,000 students, we hope they're isolated and if they are we address them so we don't have any problems going forward," said Jackey.

If you had any problems Wednesday with transportation or have questions any time this week about your child's bus route, you can call 485-3470.

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