NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Delaware (CBS) – Delaware’s Colonial School District may switch to online learning due to its “critical” shortage of bus drivers, according to a letter to parents. District leaders posted the letter on the website.
According to the letter, the shortage of bus drivers is “critical” after the district “lost several drivers who were taken off the road for various reasons”. The letter does not detail these reasons. The district used CDL-certified office staff, as well as mechanics, to drive the buses. Some also do double and triple descents.
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“We are asking students to bring their Chromebooks and hardware home each day, as we may reach a tipping point where any further loss of drivers could mean temporarily switching to e-learning at any time,” the letter said. .
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The shortage of school bus drivers is a national problem; in Pennsylvania, the Department of Education asks those who have CDL certifications and wish to help fill out a form.
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The full letter from the Colonial School District is below.
Dear colonial families,
In keeping with our efforts to maintain full communication and transparency with you, we must inform you of the critical shortage of bus drivers which could impact our efforts to keep students in school. The shortage of bus drivers is a state and national problem. Colonial is doing its best to keep the transportation going, but we need families to understand our dilemma, lend us your grace, and talk to your students about how to alleviate the stress on drivers by adopting their best behavior.
Currently we are broken down from several drivers who have been pulled off the road for various reasons. Our shortage is so critical that CDL certified office staff and mechanics are transporting students. Some drivers make double and triple trips, often resulting in late pickups and returns to schools and bus stops. We even had to split the routes and add the students to other buses. We’re asking students to bring their Chromebooks and media home each day, as we may reach a tipping point where any further loss of drivers could mean temporarily switching to e-learning at any time.
Governing Council of the Colonial School District