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Mom frustrated by busing problems for special needs son
A local mother is frustrated by busing problems for her three-year-old special needs child. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas Valley mom says that busing problems are forcing her to keep her three-year-old special needs son at home from school.
She says that she has had to deal with late buses and no shows and she asked Action News to investigate.
Three-year-old David Farfan arrives on time each day at the bus stop. But, his mother says the bus is rarely on time for him and that the bus is sometimes up to 40 minutes late. This has happened at least three times in just the last month.
David attends a special education program at Doris Hancock Elementary, about a five minute drive from home. His mother, Nicole, says that David was born premature and does not talk.
On one occasion, the day before Thanksgiving, Nicole says David was about an hour late returning home from the school and the Clark County School District could not find him.
And, just last Thursday, Nicole says she kept her son home from school when the bus didn't show up.
That is when she emailed Action News.
CCSD says that they take this type of comment seriously but they declined to go on camera. A district spokeswomen says that a variety of factors likely influenced this case.
For one, CCSD says that substitute driver is covering the route. As for the no shows, the district says the bus was likely just late. As for the claim that the district could not .locate David, CCSD denied that and say the bus was late because the driver had to transport extra students that day.
CCSD says it conducts up to 9,000 stops for special needs students each school day. Going forward, the district has supplied Nicole with a direct number to a supervisor in case she has problems.