Friday, August 12, 2016

CCSD's 4:43 AM Bus Stop: Really?

In the midst of all the evidence that teenagers need to get more sleep, the Charleston County School District has contracted with the Durham Bus Company to pick up middle and high schoolers headed for Baptist Hill Middle High at quarter to five in the morning.

You can't make this stuff up.

It's true. According to the latest bus schedule from CCSD, Route 803 begins every day at 1643 Highway 174 on Edisto Island at that time, then meanders its way through more than 30 stops, picking up its last students at 6:21 am, an hour and 45 minutes later, for a school that begins at 7:10 am.

We hope they get to sleep on the ride!

Other high schools? West Ashley and St. Johns fall into the before-eight category; the rest begin at various times until 8:30.

Obviously, Charleston County's shape is long and narrow; it's a long way from one end of the district to the other. Theoretically a car takes less than half an hour on this route.

Would you want your child on the highway in practically the middle of the night? There's got to be a better way. Too bad the folks concerned don't have more clout.

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