The Answer Sheet: bus policy

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 10/29/2009

Mom takes on critics over who is responsible for kids after school

Melanie Klein says this to her critics: Children should learn to be self-reliant step-by-step, given their individual strengths and weaknesses, and their circumstances. Does the foster child who is in his ninth placement of the school year, and his ninth school, know his way “home”? ... Just because we’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t make it right, or the best way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:41 PM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/29/2009

Alexandria Schools changes bus procedures after incidents with kindergarteners

Alexandria City Public Schools revised its bus procedures following two incidents in which kindergartners were let off when they should not have been. Superintendent Morton Sherman said in a release that he had found “some system-wide issues at several levels”...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 10/27/2009

Who is responsible for kids after school?

A recent story on The Sheet about a 5-year-old boy who was mistakenly put on a school bus in Arlington and then let off in a strange neighborhood sparked a number of responses. One reader, Melanie Klein, shared a letter she had just sent to the school system’s director of transportation, Todd Watkins. Here is it. Do you agree with her, or the school system?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 10/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)