Driver shortage for first day of school

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buses will be running late for the first few weeks of the school year in the Columbus City Schools, which begins tomorrow.

A deal to provide temporary bus drivers to cover routes while permanent drivers completed training to earn their commercial driver’s licenses fell through at the 11th hour.

District officials say they don’t have enough drivers to staff all their routes after bringing transportation in-house in the spring.

That leaves the district without enough drivers to cover all routes, a situation that will reportedly last about six weeks.

High school and middle school bus routes are expected to run on time for morning pick-ups.  Some elementary school morning routes may be running late, potentially up to ½ hour. 

Evening dismissal schedule:
All schools will dismiss at their regularly-scheduled times, with elementary and middle school routes expected to run on time for the drive home.  However, buses will not be available to pick up all high school students until after dropping off the elementary and middle school students. 

While high school walkers, students with rides, and those with COTA passes should arrive home as scheduled, high school students without COTA passes or a ride will be picked up when buses return to the high school, estimated at between 4 – 4:30 p.m.

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