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In response to complaints, DD2 says schools buses always showed

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Officials with Dorchester County School District 2 are addressing concerns about late school buses.

DD2 transportation director Steve Shope said only about six of 165 bus routes were impacted by delays last year. He said the reasons for those delays ranged from the flu impacting many drivers for several days to some unanticipated mechanical or traffic issues.

Shope said there were no instances where buses were unable to show up at a stop.

The response from the transportation director comes on the heels of complaints from parents who said buses frequently showed up 20 minutes after their scheduled arrival time of 6:30 a.m. to pick up her children during the 2016-2017 school year.

Shope, says the district is working to improve communication with parents and students.

“We’re collecting data now. We bus roughly 16,000 of the district’s 26,000 students, so it’s a whole lot to process,” Shope said. "I’m hoping we can get that by about mid semester where we’re full up with being able to communicate with every bus at every school level.”

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