By Elsa Maxey
When the bus driver wrecked a school bus last week for the second time within a month, parents of middle school students riding the bus and attending FBISD’s Quail Valley Gifted and Talented School, wanted to know if the school district is paying attention to these incidents.
The “Star” was told the driver of bus #75 is Hispanic and does not speak English. The relative of one of the students said that on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the driver had another wreck. “The first one he almost hit another vehicle and ran the bus into the ditch on Highway 6.” The bus driver reportedly made all the kids get out of the bus and stand along Highway 6. Last week after the wreck, when the kids arrived at their school, they were sent to the nurse’s office to see if they were hurt. “All of the students who were on the bus at the time of the accident were assessed by the Quail Valley Middle School nurse after they arrived at school, and we are glad to report there were no injuries,” said Nancy Porter, FBISD’s Chief Communications Officer.
“Parents were never notified about either wreck,” said one of them. But Porter said referring to last week’s incident, “Each of the students received the following communication to take home to their parents:
FBISD Transportation Incident Report:
Today your child’s bus was involved in a minor incident that resulted in no apparent injuries. If you need further information, please call your child’s campus, Transportation Dispatcher (281) 634-1930 or (281) 634-19790, or Fort Bend ISD Police Dispatcher (281) 634-5000.
Another parent is reported to have called the FBISD transportation department about last week’s incident and said “they were rude,” and “I was told that the driver doesn’t speak English, but understands it.”
A student told her grandmother that when the kids would get too noisy on the bus, the bus driver would slam on the brakes. “I don’t know that anything can be done, but it looks like to me he’s not a very good driver and he needs to learn how to speak English, for goodness sake,” said the concerned relative.
Porter said a new bus driver has been assigned to the route. She also said that FBISD is aware of the November 30 incident involving Bus Route #75, and is investigating the matter. She advises that “If parents have any questions or concerns about the safety of their children, they should contact the school principal.”