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Worried mom calls out school bus service

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The teen was supposed to be taken to Glover middle school but instead waited at the bus stop at Belt and Carlisle for an hour and then was taken on an extended route before arriving at school late. The teen was supposed to be taken to Glover middle school but instead waited at the bus stop at Belt and Carlisle for an hour and then was taken on an extended route before arriving at school late.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Tuesday Spokane Public Schools sent out alerts that buses would be up to thirty minutes late due to weather.  That is the kind of notice one parent says is needed all the time.  She says there was no communication when her daughter's regular bus did not come at all one day. 

The teen was supposed to be taken to Glover middle school but instead waited at the bus stop at Belt and Carlisle for an hour and then was taken on an extended route before arriving at school late. 

"A bus showed up and said they were going to Glover and we all here at the stop got on the bus," says 13 year old Lexi Salinas.    

Lexi is an eighth grader at Glover Middle School.  She texted her mom that morning concerned that the bus she just got on started going in the opposite direction of the school.

"We were expecting to go to Glover right then because we were already late for school," Lexi tells KHQ.    

Diana Salinas, Lexi's mother, called the school to find out what was going on with her daughter's bus and where her child was.   

"I was super concerned because I had no idea where she was going," says Salinas.   

The students did arrive at Glover more than an hour late.   

"My mind wandered," says Salinas.  "I had no idea where my 13 year old was."

Kirk Tostenrude, transportation supervisor for Spokane Public Schools says the regular bus had an issue that day.  They called out a bus close to the area to help pick up stops, but there was an error in routing. 

Tostenrude says they take the safety of students very seriously.  He tells KHQ the district will be doing extra checks and balances to make sure the proper system is followed. 

Salinas says she was most concerned because she was never notified of the bus change.  She also says she thinks the district needs to adopt a method to keep track of students even on buses. 

"I suggested that maybe they use student IDs to swipe on and off the bus," says Salinas. 

Tostenrude says the district is looking into the possibility of outfitting their buses with some type of tracking system but it will cost approximately $400,000 to install that type of system in their entire fleet.

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