The Gwinnett County school district promises to deal with bus overcrowding at a few of its schools.
Parents at some schools in Snellville and Lawrenceville complain their children from elementary up to high school have been sitting three and four to a seat since the school year started.
“I think it’s a safety thing right—like there’s too many kids on the bus,” says Victoria Olvera.
Her fourth-grade daughter routinely sits three to a seat.
“They don’t wear seat belts as it is, and if you take a turn then you’ve got to hold on and there’s not a lot of room to give,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Parents who have students at Discovery High School and Richards Middle School also complain that their students, who are larger due to their age, are also being forced to ride three and four to a seat.
“It’s very uncomfortable. It’s risky and it’s inappropriate because of the age they are,” says parent Griselda Delgado.
In a statement, school district spokesperson Sloan Roach says the transportation department constantly monitors its buses.
“During that time when we are monitoring those overcrowded buses, we might have three students to a seat (and at the elementary level sometimes even four to a seat). While these buses at times may be very full... they are not unsafe,” she wrote.
Roach says the district has seen an additional 5,000 students enroll since the school year began Aug. 5 and it is constantly making adjustments to routes to accommodate the shift in bus riders.
She says as more drivers are hired, more adjustments will be made to routes.