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For city's students, change is afoot | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 33 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 23, 2010, titled For city's students, change is afoot | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A new school year always brings changes, but that's particularly true this year.

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Mark

Lima, OH

#23 Aug 23, 2010
Another year in the prison of public (government)- just follow orders - "education".

See: http://www.schoolandstate.org/home.htm
Parent

Lewis Center, OH

#24 Aug 23, 2010
I'm sure most of you who don't feel this is a problem DON'T have high school students. My son must wake up at 4:30am in order to leave out at 5:45am to make his bus on time. He actually likes to shower before bed and before leaving and he enjoys brushing his teeth and grooming himself.(That's for all the smarties who will say, "why get up so early?")
In order to get a good 8 hours of sleep, he must be asleep by 8:30pm. It is "suggested" he spends two hours on homework each evening. That is 20 minutes given for each course. He plays sports, and doesn't even get home until after 7pm. He still needs to shower and eat.
I cannot take him because I leave for work myself at 5am.
Last year, his bus stop was right on the corner. His bus arrived at 6:55am. It took him less than 3 minutes. Now, his bus stop is nearly 2 miles away and arrives at 6:14. I dread what will happen when the snow and ice starts, not to mention that most times schools don't announce closure until 6:30am.

So, some of you whiners who say, "No big deal"...let me see you get up at 4:30am, leave out of your house at 5:45am, walk just under two miles to your car, stop every few minutes to pick up some co-workers and arrive at your job at 7:20am. Scarf down a honey bun, have lunch at 12:30pm, leave for a gym at 2:30pm, run a couple of miles and tackle a few people, get home at 7pm, shower, and read for two hours!
freeloader

Canal Winchester, OH

#25 Aug 23, 2010
Reduced busing will give the kids more exercise. Maybe. Just think of all the parents who will cave in and transport the kids because the kids think it is embarassing to be seen on a school bus.
The school districts could try to put the bus stops OFF of the main thoroughfares for safety. There are precedets for this, so it can be done.
Maybe we'll save a few tax dollars here?
freeloader

Canal Winchester, OH

#26 Aug 23, 2010
Parent wrote:
I'm sure most of you who don't feel this is a problem DON'T have high school students. My son must wake up at 4:30am in order to leave out at 5:45am to make his bus on time. He actually likes to shower before bed and before leaving and he enjoys brushing his teeth and grooming himself.(That's for all the smarties who will say, "why get up so early?")
In order to get a good 8 hours of sleep, he must be asleep by 8:30pm. It is "suggested" he spends two hours on homework each evening. That is 20 minutes given for each course. He plays sports, and doesn't even get home until after 7pm. He still needs to shower and eat.
I cannot take him because I leave for work myself at 5am.
Last year, his bus stop was right on the corner. His bus arrived at 6:55am. It took him less than 3 minutes. Now, his bus stop is nearly 2 miles away and arrives at 6:14. I dread what will happen when the snow and ice starts, not to mention that most times schools don't announce closure until 6:30am.
So, some of you whiners who say, "No big deal"...let me see you get up at 4:30am, leave out of your house at 5:45am, walk just under two miles to your car, stop every few minutes to pick up some co-workers and arrive at your job at 7:20am. Scarf down a honey bun, have lunch at 12:30pm, leave for a gym at 2:30pm, run a couple of miles and tackle a few people, get home at 7pm, shower, and read for two hours!
Relax, Parent.
Think outside the box. Your student has a lot of wasted time in his day.
I,too, had to walk about 2 miles to school each day. Extra-curricular activities sometimes meant a 4 mile walk.
You'll find your student can find some small slices of study time throughout the day. Where? Suggest he get on down the hallway, get in his seat and work on some homework before class starts. There is riding time on the school bus. A few minutes after lunch. Just suggest he be ready to put those few minutes to work as they arrive. The effort to find and use spare time will benefit him throughout his whole life.
I'll bet his grades improve and he finds time to (horrors - watch TV, play games, say hi! to the family).
Parent

Lewis Center, OH

#27 Aug 23, 2010
@Freeloader...so what time do you get up in the morning?
Grades improve? My son is a junior with a 4.0 GPA...whatever!
Point is...it was silly to change up the busing schedule...another attempt at a budget cut with students being the ones who suffer.
Again---YOU--get up at 4:30am and walk 2 miles to your car..drive an hour with little stops along the way...how will your work day be?
Do you "work" during your lunch break? Do you "work" while you're walking through the hallway? Do you "work" before you clock in?

Since: Dec 09

Columbus, OH

#28 Aug 23, 2010
Parent wrote:
@Freeloader...so what time do you get up in the morning?
Grades improve? My son is a junior with a 4.0 GPA...whatever!
Point is...it was silly to change up the busing schedule...another attempt at a budget cut with students being the ones who suffer.
Again---YOU--get up at 4:30am and walk 2 miles to your car..drive an hour with little stops along the way...how will your work day be?
Do you "work" during your lunch break? Do you "work" while you're walking through the hallway? Do you "work" before you clock in?
Then get him a car. Start buying him coffee. It sounded like freeloader was offering you some alternatives, and you chose to complain. Come up with your own solutions- the busses ain't coming back. Make it happen.

Side note-maybe getting sidewalks in all of these residential neighborhoods that the kids have to walk through would have been a nice use of stimulus funds?
mswhyte

United States

#29 Aug 23, 2010
I notice that this article did not detail what safety measures the district is taking in case soemthing happens to the students who are out walking. Before everyone jumps up and shares your walking to school story-I did so from elementary until I graduated from high school. But the schools I attended were located in my neighborhood and we didn't start out in the dark.

I have encountered some really scary individuals on my way to work in the dark. I find myself being concerned that other females or males could have the same problem.
Hooked on Fonics

Reynoldsburg, OH

#30 Aug 23, 2010
So I just looked it up. I in fact did walk 1.1 miles to school when I was in 7th and 8th grade. For the 51 students who are asked to walk almost two miles that may be a bit much, but everyone else needs to put it in perspective.
liberated

Columbus, OH

#31 Aug 23, 2010
CSC are a joke wrote:
More reason NOT to send your kids to CSC. Poorly run by pathetic administrators that only want to get more in their pockets (Gene the machine Harris)
Maybe they could affort buses if they did not have International Schools and AFricentric Schools.
How about the basics? They are missing that!
How's all that hope and change working for ya?
The administrators think they re celebrities...They make LOTS OF MONEY...
Biggie BC

Cleveland, OH

#32 Aug 23, 2010
Parent wrote:
I'm sure most of you who don't feel this is a problem DON'T have high school students. My son must wake up at 4:30am in order to leave out at 5:45am to make his bus on time. He actually likes to shower before bed and before leaving and he enjoys brushing his teeth and grooming himself.(That's for all the smarties who will say, "why get up so early?")
In order to get a good 8 hours of sleep, he must be asleep by 8:30pm. It is "suggested" he spends two hours on homework each evening. That is 20 minutes given for each course. He plays sports, and doesn't even get home until after 7pm. He still needs to shower and eat.
I cannot take him because I leave for work myself at 5am.
Last year, his bus stop was right on the corner. His bus arrived at 6:55am. It took him less than 3 minutes. Now, his bus stop is nearly 2 miles away and arrives at 6:14. I dread what will happen when the snow and ice starts, not to mention that most times schools don't announce closure until 6:30am.
So, some of you whiners who say, "No big deal"...let me see you get up at 4:30am, leave out of your house at 5:45am, walk just under two miles to your car, stop every few minutes to pick up some co-workers and arrive at your job at 7:20am. Scarf down a honey bun, have lunch at 12:30pm, leave for a gym at 2:30pm, run a couple of miles and tackle a few people, get home at 7pm, shower, and read for two hours!
Instead of this crazy 3C rail thing, why don't we put these billions to work getting kids to school? Very fundamental.
Phil

Columbus, OH

#33 Aug 24, 2010
For those parents upset with the bussing plan they need to get together and tell the School Board that the bussing plan stinks. If enough parents complain loudly the Board might change its mind. The Columbus School Board has been known to back down when enough parents complain as a group.
Biggie BC

Cleveland, OH

#34 Aug 26, 2010
Phil wrote:
For those parents upset with the bussing plan they need to get together and tell the School Board that the bussing plan stinks. If enough parents complain loudly the Board might change its mind. The Columbus School Board has been known to back down when enough parents complain as a group.
I've got a feeling when the cold, dark days really set in a lot of parents, and students, are going to do just this.

We should ENCOURAGE attendance by providing reasonably accessible transportation to students. This is a disincentive.

This plan flies in the face of research suggesting high school students are sleep deprived due to their schedules, hardly a good way to encourage academic excellence.

A very basic need, adequate sleep, is being taken away by this new plan.
Jojo

Westerville, OH

#35 Sep 16, 2010
My niece has to walk past at least 2 known sex offenders houses in the dark. Therefore, she has to be driven to school. Most people are so concerned about making stupid comments about the actual walking part but what about the potential perils these kids face along the way? Not all kids have other kids that go to their school to walk with.

Columbus Public schools needs to cut some of the fat off the top & quit paying administrators so much money at the expense of our kids safety!

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