POTTSTOWN PA – Discipline problems with student riders on a Pottsgrove School District bus that serves Lower Pottsgrove and West Pottsgrove elementaries will prompt a meeting this week between the bus driver, school officials and representatives of CMD Transportation, the district’s busing provider, according to a memo delivered to parents Friday (Jan. 31).
The meeting had been scheduled to occur today (Monday, Feb. 3), but is postponed because Pottsgrove announced at about 5 a.m. that its schools would be closed due to weather-related road conditions.
Alleged rider misbehavior apparently resulted in a temporary stop or re-routing of Bus 9 on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 30), parents said in comments on a Facebook forum. They were accompanied by a copy of the district memo. Specifics of alleged infractions were not offered by the district, although it appeared to corroborate parents’ reports that the bus did not follow its regular route.
“We do not condone deviation from established routes,” the district’s memo stated, and added Pottsgrove “will address all concerns to insure consistency and safety.”
To address the behavior issues, the memo said it would immediately require students to “sit in normal seats,” place a video camera on Bus 9 to record activities inside as it ferries passengers, station a duty aide on Bus 9 to accompany the driver during its runs, and hold the Monday meeting that would include Principal Yolanda Williams.
Pottsgrove Assistant Superintendent Dr. William Shirk was listed as a contact for parents regarding the memo.
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