Polk Co. school bus driver shortage causing delays on first day of school

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A school bus driver shortage is causing delays on the first day of school in Polk County.

The school district warned parents last week about the possibility of delays.

The district had about 85 buses and approximately 110 routes that were delayed Monday morning.

Some buses were delayed 40 to 50 minutes.

Parents can check the school’s website for a list of schools and bus routes that are delayed.

The school district says delays are expected during the first few weeks of school.

Parents have been asked to transport their children to and from school during the first few weeks of school to avoid being late.

The school district is actively recruiting and training drivers.

A district spokesperson said 17 applicants started bus driver training Monday, and would likely be on the road within three to four weeks.

Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd said they are working hard to fill the shortage. 

“Some of our training will actually be happening after hours, and if they have to, they will be here on the weekend to train these drivers so they’re ready to transport our children in the upcoming weeks,” Byrd said.

If you are interested in becoming a school bus drivers or bus attendant visit the school district website or contact the Polk County School District training department of Support Services at (863) 534 -7298.

If you have questions about a school bus being late, and the bus is not mentioned here, you can contact the PCSD bus dispatch office at (863) 534-7300.

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