Dear TCSS Families:
We want to prepare you for a possible disruption of school bus service. As you know the current pandemic has put an enormous strain on everyone. Unfortunately, providing bus transportation has become more difficult due to a shortage of licensed drivers. Additionally, we have an increasing number of drivers who are out with COVID-19, or are quarantined due to direct exposure or symptoms. We also have drivers who are out taking care of sick children or family members.
Currently, we are utilizing every employee with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), including all substitute drivers, supervisors, training personnel and shop mechanics to drive routes daily. It is all hands on deck and we are literally out of options to replace missing drivers. If we cannot staff all of our normal bus routes, our plan is for regular drivers to complete their own designated routes, and then drive a second route for the absent drivers. This will result in the students being delayed arriving at school approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
If your child’s bus route is affected, parents will be notified using the SendIt app as soon as it is determined that a route will be delayed. We treat the morning routes separately from afternoon routes. If you receive a delay notification, it will tell you whether the morning or afternoon route has been delayed. It is more likely that delays will occur in the afternoon.
SendIt uses the phone numbers and email addresses in Infinite Campus to send notifications. We strongly encourage parents to check their Infinite Campus Parent Portal to ensure their phone numbers and email addresses are correct. Also, we recommend that parents whose students ride the bus download the “Here Comes the Bus” app. This gives parents real-time information about the location of their child’s bus and also receive push notifications from Transportation. Principals will send home information on how to download the “Here Comes the Bus” app and directions are also available on the website.
If bus riders are delayed, tardiness will be excused and teachers will work with students to make up work. We recommend that parents have a backup plan for bus delays, in case you have the ability to bring your child to school or pick him or her up in the afternoon.
If a delay is necessary, the following communication and options will be available:
· Parents will be notified via SendIt of a bus delay.
· Parents may elect to bring their child to school, as well as pick them up in the afternoon.
· Transportation will be provided for your child approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hour later than the normal pick up time.
· Return home drop off time will be approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hour later than the normal.
· All students will have a breakfast option upon arrival at school regardless of the arrival time.
Please know that our intent is to provide transportation as normally scheduled and not experience any delays. This letter is only to inform you that the possibility of a delay exists. Lastly, thank you for understanding and working with us to maneuver through these difficult times.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Director of Transportation