Bethel Park dealing with bus driver shortage as students head back to classrooms

Bethel Park dealing with bus driver shortage as students head back to classrooms

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — As students return to the classrooms in Bethel Park, the school district is dealing with a bus driver shortage and has had to consolidate routes.

The district posted on Facebook Sunday night that five of its 58 bus routes have been consolidated, a decision made after “a number of unexpected departures within the transportation department” late last week.

Bus 4, Bus 8, Bus 28 and Mini Bus 9 have all been eliminated. Bus 36 will run later than usual.

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The changes were made as the district moved to a hybrid learning model Monday. Students are split into two groups. Each group will go to school in person two days a week, and then complete courses online at home the other three days.

“I just feel like it was short notice, realistically. I feel like it might not have been a terrible idea if it had been talked about months prior so people had time to make arrangements for the whole scenario,” Austin Carver, of Bethel Park, said.

Families that can drive their children to school are being asked to please do so.

Students who ride buses must wear masks.

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Bethel Park students moving to hybrid learning starting Monday