DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - The first few days of the school year got off to a bumpy ride for Douglas County Schools. After receiving numerous complaints about a new centralized bus system, the system said it is returning to last year's bus routes. The change takes effect on Monday.
“[The] jury's still out,” said Larry Walker, a father of 6th- and 8th-grade boys. “We'll see what happens. The old system, it was pretty decent, but based on what happened on the first day of school I'm not depending on it at this point.”
Walker said his sons have been getting home at 5 p.m. That's an hour later than he expects them.
Douglas County Schools said 23,000 students are bused to schools throughout the county. Parents have complained their children have to walk too far to their stops, that buses are leaving them in the morning, and their students are getting home in the early evening.
On Thursday, the school system said it will return to last year's route. Schools will send information home with students on Friday. The information will also be posted at schools.