Bus Driver Shortages Causing Some DCPS Students to Arrive Two Hours Late

Many school districts across the country have experienced bus driver shortages, Daviess County included. Now those staff shortages are causing bus route delays.

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 4:47 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2022 7:29 PM

Many school districts across the country have experienced bus driver shortages, Daviess County included. Now those staff shortages are causing bus route delays.

“We struggle with getting an adequate number of bus drivers, and when I say that, it’s in reference to if we have a sickness, having a sub, and that’s where we’re struggling," said Charley Broughton, director of student services at Daviess County Public Schools.

Numerous bus drivers are out sick this week due to illness. That’s affecting 10 of the districts schools, causing delays ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.

“We’ve got four routes that are not covered, because drivers are out due to sickness, so we are having to run regular routes, and then once those bus drivers are finished, then they got back out and run the routes that are not covered," said Broughton.

DCPS says if no other drivers get sick, then these bus delays should be resolved by the start of next week. But they are still looking at more than 30 openings in their transportation department, and if you’d like, you can help fill them and help stop these delays.

“We want those folks that love kids, are concerned about the safety kids, and want to be involved in the community, so we’re actively recruiting," said Broughton.

All students that have been late to school due to these bus delays have been given excused absences.

To begin applying for one of these open positions, you can call the department of transportation at 270-852-7080.

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