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ohmeohmy Thu 08-Sep-11 22:04:55

had school transport 5 yrs no problems. Picked up 8.20 leaving plenty of time for me to walk other child to school (5mins up rd). Returned about 3.30/40 so likewise at end of the day.

New year new taxi company: 1st day picked up at 8.55 (school starts at 8.50 and is at least 10 mins away) which meant both kids late and ds completely hysterical that taxi hadn't turned up. similar day 2. I moaned so now turning up at 8.35 which is still pushing it in my opinion but doable.

Problem is he's getting back about 20 past 3 before I can get back from picking up other child then having a go that I'm not here. DS gets completely distraught if he gets somewhere and door doesn't open so more of an issue than just inconvenience. I am losing sleep over this and it's stressing all of us. I know the world doesn't revolve around me but I'm here on my own and really don't know how to be in 2 places at once. Only thing I can think of is asking school to not hurry to get him into the taxi, leaving him till others have gone. Sorry whittering on. any advice gratefully recieved.

Debs75 Thu 08-Sep-11 22:15:13

If he is the only child in the taxi then you have the right to ask for a more suitable dropping/picking up time. Tell the transport co-ordinator that it has worked well in the past so please go back to that arrangement.
If there are others in the taxi then they might have changed things to accommodate other kids.
when ds started school his transport was often late and d would then not get to school until well gone 9am. He has his own taxi now so if e need things to change timewise then we can just ask as it is only us it is affecting. One thing that is annoying is the dropping off as sometimes his taxi driver gets there early so he is 1st in line. Whenn dd2 goes to school that will cause us a problem

ohmeohmy Thu 08-Sep-11 22:18:47

there are 2 others in with him. He is last to be picked up and 1st drop off. So obviously need to consider others but previously there were 4 or 5 and they had it sorted.

starfishmummy Thu 08-Sep-11 22:22:30

Wittering allowed - I've been the same over DS's new transport arrangements on day 1. I asked to speak to the teacher - the escort had obviously mentioned it and by the time the teacher got back to me she had sorted it out; so what I'm saying is maybe talking to his teacher may help get things sorted for you too.

(DS is off sick at the moment - lasted just one day - so we are waiting to see if the new arrangement actually materialises!)

ohmeohmy Thu 08-Sep-11 22:29:12

I'll get onto school tomorrow. They're usually helpful. Get well soon Starfishboy

Pixel Thu 08-Sep-11 22:32:38

Can you ask for him to be dropped off outside your other child's school? That's how we got round the same problem. I would collect dd, then wait outside her school for ds to be dropped off by taxi, then take both children home together.

starfishmummy Thu 08-Sep-11 23:35:49

Thanks - Starfishboy is off to the doctor tomorrow. He has the runs. Again....Again....Agai....Ag.....A....sad

tallwivglasses Fri 09-Sep-11 01:10:19

star sad

omeo get your MP onto it, local paper, pull out the stops. You don't need the stress. Sometimes you have to spell it out to them because they don't have A Clue

devientenigma Fri 09-Sep-11 07:30:34

Another one here whose NT dd was persistently late due to SEN school transport. Primary school were quite accomodating. However as she reached about 7yo didn't want to be late anymore, so sadly walked to school alone. Something she or I didn't really want to do but being late was more stressful for her. I did talk to the taxi about times but there was nothing they could do due to where the other kids on the bus lived.
Also coming home was the same time, they said they would just wait outside to give me time to get back but couldn't wait long due to the kids needs. DD who has adhd is quite slow as she tried to remember everything needed to bring home, she was also one of those where the teacher quite often asked to see you and most importantly you couldn't finish conversations started with parents. So she also ended up walking home herself. She also doesn't adjust to things well but when reminded of the consequences of being late etc she walked.
So sorry not much advice, just to say your not alone x

growlybear Fri 09-Sep-11 09:31:31

We also had trouble with first day on new transport yesterday.DD didn't get home until 4.20 (hour and twenty mins on bus) she has to have a pump feed around 4 to let her stomach empty before the next feed.Boy was i stressed last night.I know there are others on the bus but my dd has high medical needs and the others don't.Difficult situation.

ohmeohmy Fri 09-Sep-11 14:13:05

Hope today is better GB. hard to convey to others how something so apparently trivial creates such huge stress in the family. spoke with my dds teacher and she is going to make sure she is one of the first out the door so we can both run home!

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