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Wake County Parent Upset Over School's Late Notification Of Bus Accident

Posted September 6, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— A minor school bus accident has one Wake County parent asking for a major change in policy.

No students were was hurt two weeks ago when a bus from Wildwood Forest Elementary was involved in a minor accident on its way to school.

Parents learned of the wreck from a note sent home with students at the end of the day.

The school's principal says he followed Wake County school system procedure, which gives principals the leeway to decide if calling parents is necessary.

However, one parent believes that policy needs to include a mandatory phone call. Saying parents need to be made of aware of minor incidents as well.

"Because it is a parental decision whether or not a child, many of whom since they are in elementary school haven't been in car accidents before, need to be seen by a pediatrician and need to be seen by even a psychologist," says parent Jennifer Rifkin.

Wake County school leaders say they will talk about it, but they will not promise to change the policy.

"We'll talk as a result of this incident, but if whether we'll make a change or not, I don't know," says assistant superintendent Walt Sherlin.

Other local school systems have a similar policy.