Will a shortage of bus drivers affect my child’s ride to school?
UCPS has battled a shortage of bus drivers for quite some time. This year will be no different. Covid-19 has caused some drivers to seek other employment leaving Transportation without bus drivers. Although UCPS embarked on an aggressive recruiting campaign in the late spring months, being able to train and hire enough drivers to abate the shortage is nearly impossible.
Transportation has aggressively been planning for the likelihood that a bus driver shortage will impact routes. Shortening routes by consolidating stops will allow buses to cover more double runs when needed; although not popular, double runs may be required to simply get students to school. Additional strategies implemented included the changing of bell times for middle and high schools to allow more time between bus runs. We have also studied implementing No Transport Zones (1.5 miles) around schools as recommended by DHHS and allowed by NC school transportation laws (although no decision has been reached yet).
Suffice it to say that there are no easy solutions to this problem. We will continue to do our best to provide transportation services with less than optimal staffing.
Shiloh Valley families: It is the intent of Union County Public Schools to provide safe and effective transportation services for all students assigned to ride a school bus. The following information is being provided to parents that are requesting transportation service for the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact either Shiloh Valley office for any questions. Thank you.