Families feel effects of bus route cuts

| July 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Wayne Yoshino
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Many concerns are still prevalent among military parents regarding the recent cutbacks on school bus routes.

At the most recent Hawaii State Board of Education meeting, July 2, a list of terminated bus stops was disseminated among those present

The decision to cut back on these bus transportation routes was expected due to the weakened economy. However, the impact of the cutbacks was felt by military communities, especially those on Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center and Aliamanu Military Reservation.

The encouraging word is that Schofield Barracks, Helemano and Fort Shafter bus services are unaffected for this school year.

Although all of these cutbacks are not set in stone, the potential burden on Army families, especially with elementary students, is immediate, as U.S. Army regulations stipulate that “no child under the age of 10 is allowed to walk to and from school without supervision.”

The beginning of school for most students begins July 30, and there is not much time to plan and prepare for the transportation needs of students.

Some alternative ways to get students safely to and from school include creating a carpooling network with neighbors and friends, and having parent-volunteers walk with children.

School Bus Routes
Call U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s School Liaison Office at (808) 655-8326 for additional information.

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  1. SSG Eric D. Mejia says:

    http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2012/07/14/families-feel-affects-of-bus-route-cuts/

    I would like to know some of the extreme circumstances where MILITARY families need PUBLIC transportation to send their kids to school.

    is someone saying that a spouse of (PVT/E-1 deplayed) who has 3-5 kids can’t get their kids to school if there are no public transportation… lets throw in there that the spouse has an infant and one is sick.

    FOR REALS???

    Maybe a 1SG/E-8 with one car and spouse has no license, can’t get his child from tripler to schofield.

    Soldiers are given time to take care of their families!!!

    Kids and families with special (ie EFMP) needs SHOULD already be excluded from the article because they SHOULD have their trasportation and everything else they need.

    My family has no special needs, but if I needed help I would get it before I do anything else, and I know my chain of command would work with me.

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