Biddeford bus stops buried, parents upset as kids wait in street
BIDDEFORD (WGME) – Some schools cancelled Tuesday, others delayed their start time while crews cleared the snow.
A few parents in Biddeford contacted CBS 13, saying their children’s bus stop was buried and their kids were forced wait in the road.
Tuesday morning in Biddeford, bus stops were really non-existent, buried in snow. A number of students had to stand in the street to wait for their school bus. Since then, though, the city has started clearing out areas for the kids to stand.
Tina Deon showed CBS 13 photos of her daughter and ten other students standing on the corner of Pool and High Streets waiting for the school bus. She says her other daughter had to walk to school in the street because sidewalks hadn't been cleared.
"No plow had even touched them, let alone the sidewalks next to them,” Deon said. “But Main Street in Biddeford, along with the city offices, had been done."
Deon and other parents say the city has it backwards.
On nearby Bacon Street, a school bus stop and the sidewalks were still buried in five feet of snow at noon.
Because her mom didn't think it was safe, Julianna Schmultz had to miss school Tuesday.
"She didn't feel comfortable for me coming out and having to wait in the road," Schmultz said.
Biddeford Superintendent Jeremy Ray did delay the start of school two hours, to give more time for crews to clear sidewalks and bus stops. He also sent a message to parents Monday night.
"Not all sidewalks and bus stops will be totally cleaned out,” Ray said. “I ask parents to please stand with your children at the bus stop and assist with keeping students safe."
The City of Biddeford also hired extra manpower Tuesday, to help clear out all the snow piling up.
And with another snowstorm heading our way, parents want to make sure that Biddeford and other communities make clearing these bus stops a priority, especially if they plan to have school that day.