Phones at the Omaha Public School District have been ringing off the hook since school started earlier this week. The biggest complaint is lack of school bus service. Many parents say their children were left standing at a bus stop for more than an hour and in some cases the bus didn’t show up at all.
In a news release, Omaha Public Schools states they are working with their contractor, Student Transportation of America, to assess the impact of the issues. They are exploring alternatives for managing the bus driver shortages and are making every effort to get students to school and back home safely.
OPS enrollment is 52,000 students and approximately one out of three students rides a bus to school. They note delays occur during the first few weeks of school as drivers and students become familiar with new routes. Student Transportation of America is also working to assess how low the expected driver shortage will last. The district is exploring the possibility of bringing in additional contractors to fill the gaps. They are also using their own drivers to cover the routes.