Petersburg Schools: ‘Severe shortage’ of bus drivers causing issues with bus routes

Petersburg Schools: ‘Severe shortage’ of bus drivers causing issues with bus routes
According to Petersburg City Schools, A severe shortage of bus drivers has caused issues with some bus routes. (Source: Petersburg City Public Schools)

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - A severe shortage of bus drivers is causing issues with some bus routes in Petersburg, school officials say.

Petersburg City Public Schools issued an apology on its Facebook page about bus routes being changed.

Dear Parents and Families, We are aware that there are issues concerning our buses. Some bus routes have been on-time...

Posted by Petersburg City Public Schools on Thursday, February 13, 2020

“We are aware that there are issues concerning our buses,” the post states. “Some bus routes have been on-time and some have not. Some bus routes have changed, and that change has been an inconvenience to families.”

Leaders with the school system said there is a “severe shortage” of bus drivers, which has been the cause for most of the bus issues. They encourage parents to contact the child’s school directly.

“We are in the double-digits. We don’t want to be in the double-digits as far as being staffed for bus drivers,” School Spokesperson Seth Stephens said.

Stephens says they are looking for qualified drivers.

The school system says there are immediate openings and those interested will be provided appropriate training.

As of now, some drivers are having to pull double to get kids home safely.

“It increases routes and changes in bus routes. We don’t want our families to have that as a concern,” Stephens said.

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