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Indianapolis– Parents were scrambling Friday, trying to find out how their kids would get home, after bus drivers staged an apparent sick out .

Some students got home as long as two hours after dismissal because of the incident.

Some parents went to Thomas D. Gregg Elementary School to get their children because they didn’t have a ride home.

Many parents said they received an automated call from IPS alerting them about the busing situation. One parent said she didn’t even receive a call and found out about the issue after reading it online.

The school’s principal said four IPS school buses contracted by Durham School Services didn’t show up to pick up students who have to take the bus home.

That put a lot of parents in tough spots, including one mother who said the issue put her in a very difficult situation because she has children at different schools. She said she’s not mad at IPS, but the busing company who put her kids in danger.

“I got three calls — one from Tech, one from Christian Park and one from school 15 — saying my kids were going to be late getting home. Then Tech was telling me I had to pick my daughter up on the Michigan side for her to go home. I was like, wow, OK, why all this all of a sudden? If I was at work then what?” said IPS parent Tomecha Carpenter.

Some parents couldn’t leave work and had to send their children to pick up their siblings from school.

A young girl told 24-Hour News 8 her mom was very upset about this situation and she was there to pick up her younger brother.

for info call IPS Transportation 226-4500


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