Many students without transportation
District leaders were notified late this week that our transportation vendor has been unable to find drivers for many bus routes. This means that a number of Stillwater Area Public School students, as well as a number of charter and non-public school students, will be without transportation starting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Impacted families will be notified directly by email and phone to provide them as much time as possible to try to secure alternative transportation.
This also means substitute drivers are unavailable, which could potentially impact other bus routes. This could result in delays in busing or additional route cancelations.
We recognize how important it is to have safe and reliable transportation for our students, and we will continue to do all we can to resolve these issues in a timely fashion. We’ll also work to communicate with families with as much notice as possible when a bus will be delayed or transportation will not be available.
If you have specific questions, please contact our transportation department at 651-351-8377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are receiving many calls and emails at this time, so please be patient if you don’t get through right away.
You can help, too
Please let us know if you are able to commit to providing alternative transportation for the entirety of the first semester (through January 21, 2021) by completing the Decline Transportation form. This would allow us to re-route our buses and improve efficiency to better serve students who do not have other ways to get to school.
In Other News
District leaders are working to resolve ongoing transportation challenges by rerouting buses to focus available drivers, creating neighborhood hubs and exploring an adjustment of school start and end times to provide time for some buses to run double routes.
An additional 7 drivers are available to cover routes starting Sept. 7, while schools extend hours to support families without busing.
Families who can carpool to school are encouraged to do so in light of anticipated busing delays caused by driver shortage.
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The school board is expected to vote on a masking requirement for preK through grade 8 during the August 26 board meeting (note date change).
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