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Some School Bus Routes Longer Than Law Allows

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The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door. The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door.  His daughter's school, the Byrnes Freshman Academy, is fewer than 8 miles from the house.  So why does his daughter ride a bus for nearly two hours each afternoon?

Harrison called Spartanburg district 5 for answers.

"(The district office said) we're doing the best we can. It's the second day of school, but don't worry about, it it's going to get better. We've heard this before," Harrison said.

7 On Your Side has investigated Harrison's routes before.  Last November, his daughter rode more than 90 minutes to a middle school just 8 miles away.  

On Tuesday, the ride from Byrnes Freshman Academy took 1 hour and 45 minutes.

"It is a long route but it is the start of the year so we ask for a little leeway and a little patience from parents," said district spokesperson Melissa Robinette.

Robinette said part of the problem may be new drivers unfamiliar with new routes at the start of the year.  

According to the SC Superintendent of Education's office, districts have until October 15th to submit final bus routes to the state.  By law those routes cannot exceed 90 minutes in length.

But some factors may be beyond a district's control.

Spartanburg district 5 has just 34 buses for 6,000 bus riders.  The bus that brings Harrison's daughter home runs three different routes each day, including one for elementary, middle and high school students.

7 On Your Side will check with each district after October 15th to make sure those bus routes follow the law.

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