Please Prepare: Bus Driver Shortage Now Impacting SoWashCo Schools
Dear South Washington County Schools Community,
For the first time during the pandemic, we had to cancel several bus routes today due to staff illness resulting in a bus driver shortage.
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is now at a critical stage that will result in multiple cancellations or delays for bus routes in the mornings and afternoons. Families will be notified by phone and text, with as much notice as possible, if their child’s morning or afternoon route is expected to be impacted.
We are in an unfortunate situation in which we must ask for your assistance:
- Please create a plan to provide your own transportation to get your child to or from school in the event you are notified of a morning or afternoon route cancellation
- A route cancellation occurs when no drivers are available
- Ensure your child is dressed appropriately for winter weather in the event of a route delay in the morning or after school
- A route delay occurs when a bus driver completes their regular route, and then has enough time to complete another route that does not have a driver
Please pick up your child as soon as possible if a bus cancellation occurs after school. Staff will supervise students at school until each child can be picked up in the event of a delay or cancellation.
On a daily basis, our mechanics and transportation administrators have been serving as substitute drivers. We continue to recruit new drivers and have excellent benefits. Pay starts at $20 an hour and increases to $22.45/hr after 75 days of employment. Please click here to learn more and apply.
We understand bus delays and cancellations will affect families differently. We pride ourselves on providing safe and efficient transportation for students and apologize that we are in this situation.
Director of Finance and Operations
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