Tampa, Florida – On the first day of early release for the 2014-2015 school year, some Gaither High School students had to wait a bit longer for school buses to pick them up and take them home.
"Approximately 10 buses were late in arriving at Gaither this afternoon. Most students were picked up by 2:15 and about two buses were still out at 2:45," announced a message left for parents Monday afternoon.
10 News went to the district to find out why the buses were late to pick up students on the fifth day of the school year.
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Spokesperson Steve Hegarty said that the issue is not uncommon on the first early release day every school year.
He also added that drivers are forced to maneuver new traffic patterns that they have not had to deal with on the previous four school days when school is released at 2:55 p.m. instead of 1:55 p.m.
There is also another issue regarding on-time arrivals that depend on the parents or guardians of younger students.
"Some of the parents might not have remembered that and if they weren't there to pick up their child – we take the kindergartner back to school and call the parent," Hegarty said.
About 10 buses were late to get students from Gaither High on the first early-release day of the year.
The district has advised each school to continue to remind parents of the early release times and anticipates the issues will be ironed out within the coming weeks.
"The first day of school we were expecting there to be some glitches, we expect that to get better. This was our first early release date, we expect it to be smoother next Monday," said Hegarty.