OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas City area bus driver shortage continues and has a knock-on effect on student pickup and drop-off times.
Parents at the Blue Valley School District said it’s a safety concern and they want that to change.
In an email shared with FOX4, a parent wrote her concerns about the school bus operator Durham School Services in the school district.
The email said there were only 16 days of school since the start of the semester and only 50% of the pickups on time.
The parent went on to say that, sometimes, there is no communication with the parents when the bus is late, instead their child calls.
Working for you, FOX4 contacted the Blue Valley School District with these concerns and we were told to contact Durham.
A spokesperson for the company shared the following statement:
“We can confirm that one of our Blue Valley routes has experienced inconsistent service since back to school in January. When service disruptions occur, we use a system called TextCaster to notify schools and parents of the delays. All families are encouraged to sign up for TextCaster so they are notified of bus delays as early as possible. To sign up for TextCaster, follow this link.
“The school bus driver shortage has persisted in the Kansas City area, and we continue to diligently recruit school bus drivers. We encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of children and the community to apply to be a driver or monitor here.”