East Pennsboro families frustrated after staffing shortages cancel school bus routes

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — School bus driver shortages are causing a headache for parents in a local school district.

East Pennsboro Area School District sent out an email to families to let them know that 6 school bus routes are canceled for the week. The email says it’s because of staffing shortages and bus drivers being out sick.

Both of Ashley Klinger’s sons ride the school bus in the district.

“We’re very frustrated,” Klinger said. “Why would they even say that they’re going to transport them and then all of a sudden two weeks in be like, ‘hey by the way we don’t have enough drivers?'”

A spokesperson with the school bus company, Rohrer Bus, says they’re trying to fix the issue, but are simply too understaffed.

“We have a wonderful group of drivers, but our deliveries just can’t be delayed or rescheduled when this qualified staff becomes ill,” the spokesperson said. “We just need more people to help to help do this job.”

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Klinger feels the district could be handling the situation better.

“A lot of the parents were questioning why can’t we just do online? I mean online is still an inconvenience, but it’s not as big of an inconvenience, at least for us,” Klinger said.

The Klingers are shifting work schedules around to get their kids to school for the week.

“It’s a bit of a headache,” Klinger said. “Thank goodness my bosses are really flexible, because I can’t imagine the other parents who might not have as much flexibility as we do.”

The six bus routes that are canceled are bus 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13. The district expects the issue to last until Friday, Sept. 10.

The email sent out by the district did offer to reimburse parents for transportation costs.

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