KERNERSVILLE, N.C. —Kernersville mother Celena Adams said she is now concerned more than ever for the safety of her child at the bus stop since 11-year-old Hasani Wesley’s death.
Adams said the appeal process for a different route is “non-existent” and took months before getting a response from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school transportation department.
“It was told to me that it was on a first come first serve basis and that those would not be even looked at until September 10th which is after the school year started which to me Is unacceptable,” Adams said.
Adams requested a safer bus stop for her 3rd grader in February.
The stop was just declared unsafe after 10 months.
School system representative Theo Helm said several factors are considered when declaring whether a bus stop is safe.
“From the traffic on the road, whether or not there are two lanes or four lanes or beyond that whether there are sidewalks on the road.” Helm said.
Helm said currently the department does not calculate the requests based on danger or any other categories but are compiled together and are handled on a case by case basis.
Requests can be made through the particular school a child attends.
Adams plans on starting a petition or safer school by routes throughout the county.
You can find out more about appealing your child’s bus route here.