‘Excessive’ bus driver absences leave parents scrambling for transportation at Ashtabula Area City Schools

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ASHTABULA, Ohio (WJW) – Ashtabula Area City Schools had too many absences Monday in the transportation department to run bus service.

Superintendent Mark Potts said he was told early in the morning that 10 drivers and one aid had called off. They are also impacted by the nationwide bus shortage and are eight drivers short of what would be ideal.

The district did not say if the illnesses were COVID-19-related or if there was something else going around at school affecting drivers.

The district kept schools open and said children who ride the bus needed to find their own way.

The district posted the alert on its Facebook page around 6:30 a.m.

Several parents commented about the late notice, saying schools were too far for children to walk for parents who rely on school transportation to get their kids to class.

The superintendent said students who were tardy or absent due to transportation will be excused-They intend to have a normal schedule tomorrow.

He also said drivers have worked together so that interruptions have been kept to a minimum, and they’re advertising for full-time positions with benefits but haven’t gotten much of a response.

It’s unclear how many students use school transportation daily.

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