Barberton Schools suspends transportation services for main bus routes due to pandemic staffing challenges
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Barberton City Schools officials announced that the district’s transportation services along main bus routes for students are temporarily suspended due to challenges stemming from the pandemic.
The change, which is in effect from Sept. 29 through Oct. 7, impacts students who rely on transportation along only the district’s main bus routes.
According to the Barberton City School District, temporarily suspending main bus service was necessary due to a lack of drivers staffing bus routes due to multiple reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We spoke with several parents whose kids were left stranded at bus stops Wednesday morning, after the bus never showed.
“She was standing there and waited and still nothing, so she came home,” said one parent, who didn’t want to be identified. Several others parents shared similar stories with 19 News and expressed similar frustration over the busing situation, saying they were never personally notified of the change.
Governor DeWine also told 19 News’ Kristin Mazur that he’s working with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, to make background checks for school bus drivers a priority in order to speed up the hiring process and get more school buses back out on the roads.
Note: At Barberton City Schools, bus services for preschoolers, 4 Cities Compact, students with special needs, and afterschool activities are not impacted.
Normal bus service is expected to resume on Monday, Oct. 11.
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