Potential Bus Strike Hits Close To Home

Buses get a lot of kids to school every day. I just got a call from our local school district that we might have a bus strike on our hands, no date is set and the strike isn’t approved currently, but I figure if they are calling us then it makes sense to get prepared just in case!

I found three apps that seemed like they were popular with parents in different parts of California (the names , they were called Zūm HopSkipDrive and Kango. I was surprised they didn’t have a presence in Seattle, and then I remembered POGO!

Founded locally in Seattle by parents is Pogo! They allow users to create “groups” and then people can request to be added, the school my own children attend for example, has a group 31 members. I can’t help but wonder how much this number will increase if a bus strike actually happens!

Another way to deal with situations like this of course is to just TALK to the other parents who have kids that go the same places as your kids and to coordinate carpools like that. It happened before so I’m sure it is possible.

Since I’m writing this on my LCC site, I feel like I should mention that times like this, it is VERY handy to have an au pair who can just drive your kids to school and so that changes like this don’t have to impact your schedule too much. You can enter your contact info on the right side of this page and I’ll get back to you with more information!

Another app that may be worth mentioning is Carpool – School Edition which looks a little old and looks like it isn’t as plugged in network wise, but if you know enough people and don’t mind adding them pretty manually, it looks like it could meet the needs of coordinating carpools.

I really hope that this strike doesn’t happen and all of our drivers are well taken care of, but if it does, then I hope that this information helps you get through this transportation interruption!

 

Saturday, 14 October 2017 2:26 AM

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