Buses to return to service in Warwick on Monday; Parents say certain issues remain

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- After a day without bussing on Friday, students in Warwick are set to have transportation once again on Monday.

Warwick Public Schools confirmed to ABC6 that First Student informed the administration that all busses will be running.

The return to service comes after First Student had a labor union issue.

However not all problems have been resolved.

On Sunday, the school department sent parents a message saying they are “highly optimistic” about transportation for all students.

ABC6 spoke with a parent who requested not to be identified.

“That’s not a yes or no answer. Either you have the buses or you don’t have them. I need to know so I can plan accordingly.”

According to an assistant with the schools superintendent office, Sundays message was “hopeful.”

First Student, the city’s bus company, told the school department that they didn’t want to guarantee bus rides in case they found any maintenance issues Monday morning.

However, according to parents like Victoria Hemingway, the decision came close to last minute.

“At 7:15 we got a call and email saying the buses would run,” Hemingway said.

An announcement that parents say lacked detail.

“To be honest combined with the rain it kind of made me anxious, because they said it was going to come but what time? So it was a matter of getting ready and being at the stop on time and just hoping it comes,” Hemingway said.

A parent who declined to be identified shared several emails detailing that several routes were behind schedule Monday morning.

“Some had mechanical problems, one was 45 minutes late, one bus didn’t show up the driver called out sick. It just seems like there is constantly an issue with the buses.”

According to the schools superintendent’s office, today’s late pickups are unrelated to the labor dispute.

They said the delays could be due to bad weather and many new drivers assigned to unfamiliar routes.

ABC6 left messages for the bus company but we have yet to hear back.

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