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September 7, 2021 / District

Transportation/Bus Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:

You may have heard in the media that many school districts and transportation providers across the nation have been experiencing a shortage of drivers this fall. We have been working closely with First Student, Septran, and Universal to provide reliable transportation for all of our students who qualify this year. Unfortunately, all of the companies in the area are being impacted by this shortage, which is leading to impacts on our own District bus routes. Last week, some transportation routes were without drivers and others were combined out of necessity. Additionally, some drivers have had to run multiple routes, leading to delays that make students arrive at school later than would be typical or desired.

We have been reaching out to other providers to find alternate options for some of our students. We have also reached out to other districts in the area in hopes to partner with them to combine routes where we are able. We realize that this is not ideal and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work to resolve these issues with our providers.

Thank you for your partnership and support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Anthony J. Palmisano
Superintendent
School District 45, DuPage County

 


 

Estimados padres y tutores,

Es posible que haya escuchado en los medios de comunicación que muchos distritos escolares y proveedores de transporte en todo el país han estado experimentando una escasez de conductores este otoño. Hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con First Student, Septran y Universal para proporcionar transporte confiable para todos nuestros estudiantes que califican este año. Desafortunadamente, todas las compañías en el área se están viendo afectadas por esta escasez, lo que está llevando a impactos en nuestras propias rutas de autobuses del Distrito. La semana pasada, algunas rutas de transporte se quedaron sin conductor y otras se combinaron por necesidad. Además, algunos conductores han tenido que correr múltiples rutas, lo que lleva a retrasos que hacen que los estudiantes lleguen a la escuela más tarde de lo que sería típico o deseado.

Nos hemos estado comunicando con otros proveedores para encontrar opciones alternativas para algunos de nuestros estudiantes. También nos hemos puesto en contacto con otros distritos de la zona con la esperanza de asociarnos con ellos para combinar rutas donde podamos. Nos damos cuenta de que esto no es lo ideal y apreciamos su paciencia mientras continuamos trabajando para resolver estos problemas con nuestros proveedores.

Gracias por su colaboración y apoyo.

Sinceramente,
El Dr. Anthony J. Palmisano
Superintendente
School District 45, DuPage County