SPS officials provide more details on upcoming transport change | KOLR
Nearly 1,500 students could lose their trip to school due to a change in transportation.
Springfield public school officials provide more details on an upcoming change in transportation for some students.
From November 8, the district said it should revert to only allowing students on the bus who live some distance from the school.
In a statement, the district said, “Students in elementary and kindergarten to grade 8 must live 3 km or more from school, and middle and high school students must live 2.5 km or more from school. school to be able to take the bus in the foreseeable future. . “
Communications director Stephen Hall said it would impact around 1,500 SPS students. Hall said they were receiving questions from families about the new change.
“We continue to visit them and try to help them, connect them with community resources and we will discuss things on a case-by-case basis with individuals,” Hall said. “We have provided a voicemail hotline and form for families to ask questions and share concerns with us.”
Some of those students, Hall said, are in contact with other families to work on carpooling options. Hall said.
Hall said it was all centered on the nationwide shortage of bus drivers.
“Right now we have fewer bus drivers than at the start of the school year,” Hall said. “We have successfully recruited a good number of bus drivers and have embarked and trained them since the start of the school year, to see even more drivers leaving and leaving for other opportunities. “
He said the upcoming change for some students is hopefully temporary. “We will restore this full bus service as soon as we are able to do so,” Hall said. “We hope it could be as early as January, when we return from the winter break, but there is no guarantee.”
For students who are still eligible to take the bus, Hall said the locations and times of bus stops could change. Parents must be notified of these changes by November 8.
Hall said he was encouraging people to consider becoming a bus driver for the first time.
“Often the bus driver is the first person and the last person associated with the school district that a student meets each day,” Hall said. “This is a huge opportunity to have a positive impact on the life of a child. “
SPS officials said the starting salary for bus drivers was $ 17 an hour. SPS offers paid CDL training, health insurance, and other benefits. To apply, click here.