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Harris County parents concerned about bus accident

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Some Harris County parents want improvements in communication systems after they say they were not contacted about a school bus accident. The school district said they followed all procedures after Tuesday's collision.

The school district said the procedures do include contacting parents. But some parents, like Amanda Culpepper, say there were not contacted. She shares her concerns after learning about the accident.

"They had all the contact information for each student on the bus and that they would be calling the parents," said Amanda Culpepper.

These are the words she said school personnel told her daughter after the bus accident Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened on US 27 just a little down the road from Harris County Carver Middle School. Culpepper said she began to worry when she realized her daughter's bus was running a little late.

"I text her about 3:40 to see where she was at. I thought she would be in the neighborhood and she told me she was in an accident," said Culpepper.

She is concerned that she did not receive a call from the school about the incident.

"I think it's more important for the school to give us a call then for a kid to tell me that she's been in an accident," said Culpepper.

But Jeff Branham at the Harris County school district said they followed all the correct protocol including dispatching maintenance personnel, administrators, and contacting EMS.

"We also do a direct connect ed call which alerts all parents to the fact that there's been an accident," said Branham.

"But I have yet to receive a call about the accident," said Culpepper.

Branham said there could be a reason for that.

"We have numbers that change continually. Parents change cell phone numbers and we used the numbers that we have recorded in our phone system," said Branham.

There were about 40 children on the busses Tuesday. The school district said they were checked by EMS for injuries.

Culpepper said she will attend the school board meeting Thursday evening to voice her concerns about the accident.

Naomi Keitt

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