Today, all buses were instructed to not wait for kids who were late. The buses were not to leave any of the pickup points before the pickup time, but they were not to wait for kids who were not there at pickup time.
What a difference this has made to the arrival times! Almost all the buses were at school by 07.45 - I think only two were late, and only by a couple of minutes. More importantly, we knew that for any bus child who was late, it was not the fault of the child - he had been where he was supposed to be at the time he was supposed to be there. When our "Closing-the-door-at-07.45" plan becomes operational, those children will be given passes to allow them to enter the building.
Of course, there are still those parents who are unwilling to comply. The Oberoi Spring route is a good example. I believe there are three stops at Oberoi Spring. At the first stop, not all the kids were there at the pickup time, so the driver did as he had been instructed. He went on to the next stop, kids were on time there, then on to the third stop where again everyone was waiting.
Then he proceeded to the main gate to leave the complex, but he was not allowed to leave. Why? Because the parent whose kids were late at the first stop had contacted the main gate and got security to stop the bus, turn it around, and send it back to the first pickup!!!!! (note: This will only work once)
But the good news is that almost all the buses were significantly earlier this morning, and we had a better, smoother start to the day's learning. So well done bus parents! So much better, and all it took was being on time at the pickup.