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Olathe Public Schools could shift start, end times due to 'all-time high' bus driver shortage

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Dec 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-07 23:26:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Olathe Public Schools district is struggling with a bus driver shortage and may shift school start and ends times as a result.

In a letter to families, the district said that despite recruitment efforts, it's reached an "all-time high" of shortages this school year.

The district said it has a substantial waitlist for families for transportation.

Due to the shortage, buses often arrive at bus stops 30 minutes late for pickups and drop-offs.

"This challenge is here to stay," the district said in the letter. "As a district, we have reached a critical point where we need to take action to find a solution in the near future."

The district sent a survey to families and asked it be completed by Friday, Dec. 16.

A committee, which will include parents and staff from the district, will later review the surveys for possible solutions.