DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A Dayton family says they will not put their 4-year old on the school bus again, after it failed to get him home on time.
They waited for 2 1/2 anxious hours and says no one could give them any answers.
4 year old Jimmy Bane rode bus number 39. He even had a bracelet to get him to the right place. When the school bus didn't show up right on time, his family wasn't too worried.
"We kind of figured it was the first day of school so he might be late a little bit," said grandmother Debbie Sterling.
When minutes stretched to hours, they got on the phone to the school. The principal even came to wait by their side while they tried other ways to find Jimmy.
"My husband got in our car and started looking for the bus, trying to figure out where they were at so we could get him off and still couldn't find him," said Julia Bane.
Dayton Public Schools has set up a call center to help in situations like this. The only problem, it closes at 4:30 pm. Jimmy still wasn't home by then.
"He's four years old. If you don't know where your four-year-old is and they can't give you any answers, that's pretty scary for a parent," said Sterling.
Its the second year for the call center, meant to provide help during a stressful first day.
"As long as they can talk to somebody and get the answers they need. We try to make them laugh a little bit, too. It's a stressful time sending their kids back to school," said Tracy Foskuhl from the call center.
Turns out, the family says Jimmy fell asleep on the bus and the driver didn't notice him before that driver went on to pick up kids from another school. The family says they were told Jimmy rode along through that route before the bus driver was notified and was able to get him home.
If your child does not make it home on time, Dayton Public Schools recommend you call his or her school first, then the call center, then the transportation center.
The number for the Dayton Public Schools information call center is 542-3010.
The number for the transportation center after hours is 542-4010.
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