Saturday, 16 January 2010

School Bus dumps pupils miles from home

I am genuinely shocked and angry to read reports that two pupils of Welshpool High School were left stranded by their school bus in Abermule, some three miles from their home in Llandyssil, due to the adverse weather conditions.

What is particularly worrying is that the parents of these pupils received no contact from the school to advise them of the position.

The potential consequences for the safety and wellbeing of these children do not bear thinking about. They were left in the dark to fend for themselves wearing inappropriate clothing for the extreme conditions.

I have written to the Education Minister to ask that schools immediately review their procedures relating to school transport and the sending of children home in severe weather.
We must ensure such an incident does not happen again.

1 comment:

  1. Sarah Millington22 January 2010 at 23:14

    I agree completely in excusable, but you and I both know it's not an isolated incident.

    The second time involving younger children and involving a bus service actually commissioned by PCC.

    Re Welshpool the school are saying they were only told 15 minutes before the end of the school day, the bus company are saying the students were told on the way in to school in the morning and that they phoned the school at 2.45pm ... so some discrepancies. One question I would ask the bus company as a parent is if you told my child in the morning why do you claim you only phoned the school half hour before the end of the school when you'd apparently known all day you weren't going to travle the route.