because it was too early?! since when are school buses early? but score one for modern technology the girl at the bus stop with C got a phone call from a friend already on the bus at a later stop informing girl & C that that had in fact missed the bus. Kiddo called me & headed back to the house I think under the impression he was gonna be in trouble (which he was not). Luckily timing was such that the drop off lines at school had not hit the maximum insanity levels quite yet and drop off occurred with little muss & fuss.