With last week being the first week of school, the Cortland Enlarge City School District had issues with their after school dismissal and transportation system.
Parents spent between 45 minutes to more than an hour looking for their kids last week. They were calling the School District and bus garage; but according to parents, they were not getting an answer.
Some kids were dropped off at the wrong locations by the school bus, according to parents.
The Cortland Schools staff at Barry Primary sent a voicemail to parents and families regarding a delayed dismissal due to dismissal changes.
However, the voicemail did not reach parents until about an hour after all of the chaos.
According to the Superintendent of the Cortland Enlarged City School District, Michael Hoose, the School District did not anticipate how long it would take to load the first few buses with the younger students; which therefore delayed every other bus pickup and drop-off throughout the district.
This was also the first time students headed back to school since the District cut down from five elementary schools down to three.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition, calling for the School District to make crucial and drastic changes.
The petition states for the School District “to create an emergency task force, whose sole purpose is to rectify the district’s transportation issue and create a new, working plan.”
The School District created packets for students to bring home in order to clear up to parents how students will be getting home for the rest of this school year.