The labor shortage has hit the Jordan School District to start the new calendar year. Authorities say more than a dozen school bus drivers did not come to work on Monday, forcing many students to wait.
District officials say they have faced a year-round shortage of school bus drivers, as have other school districts across the country. Spokeswoman Sandy Reisgraf said 18 drivers did not show up for work on Monday for several reasons, causing a considerable delay.
Reisgraf said: “We couldn’t reach all the stops at regular times.”
The district told parents to be prepared for a two hour delay; However, Reisgraf says it only lasted 30 to 45 minutes. Still, she said the district apologized to all affected families.
“We understand and apologize to the parents. We know it’s terribly embarrassing and we know it’s hard for families when the buses are late, ”she said.
The shortage of bus drivers put a strain on the district throughout the school year. Reisgraf said their workers have set up double shifts to meet their demand.
“They arrive at four or five in the morning and work until four, five or six in the evening,” she said.
According to Resigraf, the district has 30 open driver positions that it wants people to apply to, and the district will pay for CDL driver training. Those interested in applying can visit the district website.
“We are seeing a greater need than what we have seen in the past, so much so that everything is on the bridge in our transportation department,” she said.