Route Cancellations Due to Bus Driver Shortages
Over the last several years, there has been a bus driver shortage across the country. The East Valley School District has not been immune to the shortage. While we have been actively working to recruit and train new drivers, we have not been able to fill all available substitute positions. The COVID-19 pandemic has also posed additional problems for our district when drivers are required to go out on COVID-19 quarantine protocol due to close contact exposure or illness in their family. Up until this point, we have been able to shuffle drivers around to cover different routes when needed and we have not had to cancel any routes. However, in the event multiple drivers are out at one time, we must plan for that possibility.
In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we would like our families to know that we are working on a plan in the event a bus route has to be canceled for a day or multiple days. The routes that could be affected are Moxee Elementary route 11 (morning and afternoon) and EVC/EVHS routes 23 and 27 (morning and afternoon). Children riding the cancelled route(s) would need to find alternate transportation to and from school for the day.
While the EVSD Transportation Department will do everything in their power to avoid a route cancellation, we wanted to alert families who have students that ride these routes of the possibility so they can plan alternative arrangements in advance. If a route was to be canceled, EVSD would alert families as early as possible. School Messenger messages (phone, email, and text) would be sent out to families on the effected routes. Families could also call our transportation hotline at 509-573-7350 for route cancellation information.
Again, we hope to never have the need to cancel a route, but being prepared and planning ahead are important to help to reduce the stress and inconvenience a cancellation could have on our EV families.
Thank you for understanding.