My children have been changed to a bus stop 1/2 mile away, down an unsafe road; is there anything that I can do?

Question Details:Our bus driver has been asked verbally by us to slow down on our dead-end road. Twice. Now, he has changed the bus route to where our kids have to walk nearly half a mile in the near dark down an unsafe gravel road to pavement. I have asked our superintendent to help, and he has brushed us off. What can we do as taxpaying citizens to rectify this? Is there a legal precedent? This stop has been in effect over 40 years with 2 school districts, and have never had a problem.

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B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 4 years ago

It's possible that either the state or the school district itself has regulations, about how far children of any given age can be made to walk to their bus stop;  a local attorney should be able to research the question.  If there are any such rules, it's probably only very young children who would have to have a bus stop less than half a mile away, particularly since it sounds like you're in a fairly rural area.

Short of hiring a lawyer to deal with the superintendant, you can send a certified letter, return receipt requested, to the school board, politely stating the facts of the long-standing bus stop, the change in response to your issue with the driver, the unsafe conditions, and putting the board "ON NOTICE" that if this change results in any harm to your children, you intend to pursue all legal remedies for compensation.  Keep a copy, of course, along with return receipt when you get it.

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