Dear BPS Families,
I am writing today to thank each of our bus and van families for your patience and kindness during the first few days of school. It is always my intention as your Superintendent to be up front and transparent with you and I feel it is important to provide an update on the bus delays.
As I’m sure you’ve seen in the news recently, districts across the state are currently experiencing a shortage of drivers and our largest transportation provider, First Student, is not immune. Their drivers have been doing their best and have at times doubled up on routes to cover currently unassigned buses. This has unfortunately caused repeated delays along several bus routes, which First Student’s dispatch team is working very hard to resolve.
Our new transportation department, which presently covers about a quarter of our transportation needs, is also short drivers. Fortunately, the Transportation Office’s phone has been ringing off the hook with people who are interested in applying to become bus drivers. We will be onboarding new hires as quickly and as safely as possible. If you know anyone who would be interested in applying, please tell them to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-580-7004 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Training will be provided.
Aside from the need for more drivers, there is also road construction throughout the city which has at times resulted in traffic and detours. We do anticipate minor delays to persist along certain routes because of the road construction.
We will continue to do our best to notify families via text message and phone calls when delays occur. If you haven’t already done so, please text “YES” to 675-87 to receive text message updates from the district. Please keep in mind that while our goal is to notify you of issues early, there may be unanticipated issues, such as mechanical problems, which will result in delayed notifications. Unless you receive a notification from us, please assume that your child’s bus is running on time.