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Parents: Bus issues continue on day 3 of school

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla-- Parents say the transportation issues continued through the second day of the new school year.

WPTV spoke with one mom who said not only has the bus not showed up in the mornings at all, but this afternoon she says her daughter took an extra trip back to school because there just simply aren't enough buses for all the kids.

"No calls saying your child is being delayed," said Tequesta mother Patty Shukla.

Two hours. That's how long Shukla says her daughter spent on the school bus Tuesday afternoon. "In the meanwhile, my daughter is completely freaking out not knowing what to do."

What concerns this mom is the extra trip between Bak Middle and Jupiter she says her daughter's bus made today.

Shukla's 11-year-old daughter was supposed to be dropped off at her Tequesta bus stop at 3:45 p.m.

Since the bus was so full, Shukla says the bus drove to a Jupiter bus stop to let kids off there and returned to Bak to pick up the rest of the kids. 

Meanwhile, Shukla's daughter was still on the bus waiting to get home to her stop.

"We're flexible, but over two hours coming home and going back. It was traumatizing for her," said Shukla.

Shukla says eventually she started following the bus to pick up her daughter, and it was past 5:00 p.m. at that point.

This just one of the examples of the transportation issues since school started Monday.

The district says it will continue to review and adjust the routes, but it's working with a shortage of 50 bus drivers.

The bus driver's union on the other hand tells NewsChannel 5 the drivers want to have more input on the routes. It said that the current routes need to be fixed and they're the ones who drive the streets everyday.

The union says it is committed to working with the district to fix these issues.

Shukla says they like the bus system, but there needs to be more communication about if and when things will get fixed.

"That's a safety issue, and it's really concerning to not know where your child is."

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