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Canceled bus service disrupts Indianapolis Public Schools family

Canceled bus service disrupts Indianapolis Public Schools families

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Emotions among parents of Indianapolis Public Schools students ran high Friday after school buses did not run.

One family said the school bus situation left them with no choice.

“It is really frustrating, because there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Ariel Moore, the mother of an IPS student.

Ariel Moore’s 6-year-old daughter who has special needs had an unexpected day off school Friday.

“She had an outfit all picked out for today that she was going to wear today that wasn’t her uniform so she was a little bummed this morning,” Moore said.

No school buses meant Marina could not get to school on the other side of the city.

“She was supposed to have a spelling test today and I’m not sure what else. I’m sure she’s not too broken up about the spelling test,” Moore said.

IPS said Friday that students who were unable to attend school would not be marked absent.

“I’m just relieved,” Moore said.

But, she still has concerns inside the classroom.

“When all of a sudden, no one can show up because the buses aren’t running. it really highlights whose got money, or whose got parents that can take them to school or whose got the better job. I don’t think that that’s fair to the students,” Moore said.

Moore told News 8 she isn’t upset at the school bus drivers.

“If it happens to be because the drivers feel shafted by IPS, then I really understand. It’s unfortunate that it impacts the kids so drastically. I’m trying to be understanding because this is their livelihood,” she said.

Now, she says she is looking forward to enjoying an extra long weekend with her daughter and family.