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Bus driver takes kids to Dairy Queen on last day of school. Mom files complaint.

A traditional last-day-of-school stop at Dairy Queen may be ending for East Grand Forks, Mich., students after a parent files a complaint.
A traditional last-day-of-school stop at Dairy Queen may be ending for East Grand Forks, Mich., students after a parent files a complaint. The Kalamazoo Gazette file

A school bus driver who included an impromptu stop at Dairy Queen after the last day of class in East Grand Forks, Mich., may be in hot water after a parent’s complaint.

Some drivers in the East Grand Forks Public School District have an unofficial tradition of taking kids to Dairy Queen after the last day of school, reports The Grand Forks Herald. But parent Jackie Marks became alarmed when her third-grader didn’t arrive home promptly after schools let out early on May 16.

After learning of the traditional Dairy Queen stop, Marks drove to the ice-cream shop and picked up her daughter. Now she’s filed a complaint with the disctrict.

“I’m concerned that this was a field trip with no chaperones,” Marks told the newspaper. She took her concerns to the school board Monday.

Superintendent Mike Kolness told The Grand Forks Herald that bus drivers had notified children of the Dairy Queen trip, but no formal notification had gone out to parents. He said the district will look into the situation and try to improve communication with parents in the future.

Marks told the paper she feels school officials are not taking the situation seriously.

“This is not something a bus driver has the power to do,” she said, noting that friends have told her drivers in other districts would be fired for such an offense. “I feel a little bit like we’re in some sort of bubble.”

A Minnesota Public Radio blogger opines that the kerfuffle suggests it may be time to let such traditions die. “Thanks to the creeps among us, school bus drivers can no longer be trusted with kids,” posted Bob Collins.

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