...students walking home in the dark to the former Woodruff High School area from Peoria Central because activity buses apparently are not running.To which Superintendent Lathan responded...
...the buses are running and students may choose to walk home.
Of course, I have a complaint about the transplanted Woodruff students. At the last board meeting Dr. Lathan responded to Terry's complaint that there were no activity buses to take kids home to the Woodruff area. She disagreed--said that the buses were available. However, I know for sure that buses were not available for the members of the PHS boys' swim team (those who were former Woodruff students). I don't know if anything has changed.
There are so many after-school activities and events to which buses just couldn't possibly be available with so many differing time schedules. Not all these kids have cars or families who have cars available for all this transporting. My guess is that many kids just plain cannot participate because of transportation. During vacation the PHS swim team practices twice a day--probably no buses at all.
...the overall number of students who participate in extra-curricular activities (even sports) is way, way down.
As illustrated by the Crime View Statistics below, our children are living in a war zone. While the schools could certainly do more to provide after school programs to reach a broader audience, they can only do so much to keep our children and families safe as they come and go.
The level of security our children and their parents feel may have an impact on the level of participation. The statistics below are from the CrimeView Community and for the time period of November 1, 2010 - December 26, 2010 (click image to enlarge):