Bus driver shortage is forcing some Oswego schools to cancel in-person learning – NBC Chicago
A shortage of bus drivers on Tuesday forced a suburban school district to switch some of its schools to distance learning, closing several schools to students.
Oswego School District 308 Community Unit wrote in an “urgent message” Tuesday morning that “due to a large number of bus drivers being absent today, we are unable to provide transportation to all the students”.
The shortage has forced the high school and district college into distance learning, with officials saying school buildings are not open to student attendance. However, staff should always report to classrooms.
Early learning classes were also canceled on Tuesday, with the exception of the district’s deaf and hard of hearing program.
Elementary schools would remain open for in-person attendance and buses would continue to run, although “big delays” are expected.
Bus driver shortages have been reported in Illinois and the country.
More than 2,000 Chicago public school students and their families faced a major disruption at the start of the school year last month when about 10% of the bus drivers hired to work for the district quit the week of the August 23, a sharp increase due to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
The CPS offers affected families a stipend of $ 1,000 for the first two weeks and $ 500 for the following months. The city is also exploring the possibility of partnering with ridesharing companies, like Uber or Lyft, to provide transportation to students when buses are not available.
Amid a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers, the Massachusetts National Guard is activated to help children get to school early in the New Year.