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JPS parent says shortage of buses leaves students in heat

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We told you earlier this week about a bus driver shortage in the Jackson Public School District causing children to get home late.

Now, a Jackson mother is outraged, after her daughter wasn't picked up from school at all.

Eyvette Smith's daughter attends Siwell Middle School. She didn't hear from her Friday so she drove to the school around 4p.m. and found her daughter outside crying.

Smith says students weren't allowed inside the building so they couldn't call their parents while they waited for a bus.

Smith claims two assistant principals were sitting in running car at the school, but told her transportation wasn't part of their job.

She ended up letting several students call their parents with her cell phone and even drove a few home.

"On any given day, if I go to that school they ask for my ID whether they know me or not. So, for them to allow other people's kids into my car without asking me who I was or where I was going with these kids, they allowed them into my car," Smith said.

Smith says her children will not ride a JPS bus this school year.

Jackson Public Schools released the following statement Saturday night:

"The Jackson Public School District (JPS) takes the safety of students very seriously and is investigating the allegations brought forward with this incident.  While the actions that this parent has shown on various social media are troubling, these assertions are not consistent with our standard protocols and procedures.  As a part of the District's normal procedures, parents were notified via the school's automated phone call system that JPS was having challenges with its buses and there was a possibility that some students would be arriving home late. Parents were also given a number to call if they had any questions."

"It is not JPS' policy to allow parents to take home numerous students as alleged in this parent's statement.  We are investigating the claim that students were not allowed into the school or allowed to use phones to call their parents."

"JPS is planning to present to the JPS Board a plan to address and resolve the challenges in our transportation department; including aggressively recruiting additional drivers and increasing the JPS bus fleet." 

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